Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park – May Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Program

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout May.  Most programs are free (except where noted), and park entrance fees apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii. Award-winning author Frances H. Kakugawa shares the stories of her life in the town of Kapoho, which was engulfed by lava during the 1960 eruption. Born and raised in Kapoho, Kakugawa’s precise recall in Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii (Watermark Publishing, 2011) helps remind us of the beautiful innocence of youth and the realities of growing up poor in Hawai‘i. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free. When: Tues., May 1, 7 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

The Kāpili Choir

Kāpili Choir: Concert on Kīlauea. Kāpili Choir, the premier vocal ensemble of the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo under the direction of Dr. Matthew Howell, will perform an evening concert described as an eclectic blend of gospel, early American and contemporary Hawaiian choral arrangements. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free. When: Tues., May 8, at 7 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

 

Oral Abihai

Hawaiian ‘Ukulele Demonstration. Join Oral Abihai as he shares his passion for making ‘ukulele from discarded or naturally fallen pieces of wood. Learning only several years ago in Lahaina from Kenny Potts, he has since made more than 50 ‘ukulele. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. When: Wed., May 9 from 10 a.m. to noon Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu ma Kīlauea

An Evening of Hula and Hawaiian Music. Come witness some of the traditions of Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu ma Kīlauea, under the direction of kumu hula Ab Kawainohoikala‘i Valencia. The evening begins with a humble vocal supplication for inspiration and grace. Observe the method of adorning oneself for dance as the novice ‘ōlapa (dancer) prepares for the hula. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free. When: Wed., May 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

i‘e kuku

Kapa Workshop. Join Park Ranger Joni Mae Makuakāne-Jarrell and create your own one-foot piece of kapa (bark cloth). The class is free, and materials are $20. Kona-born practitioner and artist Kauhane Heloca will assist you as you design and create your own kapa implements. The class is free, but implement materials are $300. This includes four implements: kua (wooden anvil), i‘e kuku (square beater), hohoa (round beater) and niho ‘oki (shark tooth knife). Space is limited to 30 students. To reserve your space, contact Joni Mae at joni_mae_makuakane-jarrell@nps.gov, or call 985-6020 by May 7. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops When: Sat., May 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Park’s Education Center

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