Volcano Art Center (VAC) celebrates the traditions and art of hula with the Na Mea Hawaii Hula Kahiko Performance on Saturday, July 7 from 10:30 to 11:30am at the pa hula (hula platform) in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The honor of performing at this Saturday’s Hula Kahiko goes to Halau Na Pua ‘O Uluhaimalama under the direction of kumu hula Emery Aceret.
States Aceret, “Our halau carries on the tradition of the late kumu hula Rae Kahikilaulani Fonseca, descending from the lineage of Merrie Monarch co-founder Uncle George Naope to perpetuate the legacy of Her Majesty Queen Liliuokalani through performances of hula.”
Since 1980, VAC has held the responsibility and privilege of inviting hula schools from all over Hawaii to perform at the stone hula platform, which is reserved exclusively for the perpetuation of traditional hula and chant. For cultural practitioners, an offering of hula in the presence of Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of Kilauea, the legendary home of the volcano goddess Pele, is especially inspiring.
For the hour-long outdoor hula performance, the audience is encouraged to bring mats for sitting on the grass and be prepared for variable weather conditions. On the same day, traditional Hawaiian arts and craft demonstrations will be held on the front porch of the Volcano Art Center Gallery from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Demonstrations include hands-on displays and lessons where all ages are invited to meet, learn from and talk story with friendly and knowledgeable locals.
Na Mea Hawaii Hula Kahiko is a free community event presented in cooperation with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and supported in part by the County of Hawaii’s Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. As park entrance fees apply and parking is limited, carpooling is strongly recommended. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact Julie at (808) 967-8222 or email@example.com.