Backyard Forest Restoration Workshop at Volcano Art Center

You could one day look out into your own backyard and see a vibrant, thriving native forest with the learning tools provided by botanist Tim Tunison during his “Backyard Forest Restoration” workshop, held from 9:30am to 2:30pm on Saturday, October 26 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Botanist Tim Tunison leads attendees through the Niaulani Rain Forest during VAC's 2012 Backyard Forest Restoration workshop.

Botanist Tim Tunison leads attendees through the Niaulani Rain Forest during VAC’s 2012 Backyard Forest Restoration workshop.

Learn where to begin in developing a step-by-step plan of action and what the long-term requirements of restoring or recreating a native forest are. The day begins within the Niaulani Rain Forest, which Volcano Art Center has been restoring since 1996.

“What I liked most about Tim’s class was that it began in a beautiful forest that is a tangible example of successful restoration strategies,” says Oliver Kinsley, who attended the workshop in previous years. “Tim is very passionate about what he does, an endless treasure trove of information.”

After examining award-winning results inside of the Niaulani Rain Forest, attendees carpool to the botanist’s own backyard inside of the Village, where he is in the early stages of restoring it to native rain forest habitat.

“I explain the nuts and bolts of weed control, how to do it safely and not harm native plants intermixed with weeds. We also discuss how to identify a target forest community to model efforts after, and the important differences between true ecological restoration, replacement communities, and general horticultural landscaping,” says Tunison.

Forest Restoration

A brief demonstration on how to begin a simple propagation project completes the day. Students take home an informative supplemental CD. Tuition is $15. Pre-registration is required. Contact Volcano Art Center at (808) 967-8222 to reserve your space in the workshop.

This educational offering is made possible in part by a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Natural Resources Program. 100% of tuition monies are used to help perpetuate the Niaulani Rain Forest for future generations.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

Happy Birthday National Park Service! Volcano Art Center Honors 97 Years this Sunday in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

In celebration of the National Park Service’s 97th birthday on Sunday, August 25, 2013, Volcano Art Center (VAC) is extending a special gift to its patrons.

Volcanoe Art House

Take advantage of free park entrance on Sunday and an extra 5% off all purchases over $97 at the VAC Gallery, located next to the Kilauea Visitor Center in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The gallery is open from 9:00am to 6:00pm every day, but this festive promotion is only available on Sunday.

Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of over 400 federally protected lands – including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – enjoyed by more than 275 million visitors annually.

Volcano Art Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

The VAC Gallery, which will celebrate its 40th birthday next year in 2014, functions under a Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  Through this unique partnership Volcano Art Center helps “Interpret the Park through Art.”

For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org  or contact the VAC Gallery at (808) 967-7565 or gallery@volcanoartcenter.org.

Celebrate Merrie Monarch at the Volcano Art Center

 Nonprofit presents free cultural encounters during annual hula festival

Hawaii Island’s most anticipated event of the year is almost here and Volcano Art Center invites you to join them to celebrate! In honor of the already sold out 50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, VAC will be hosting five days of special arts and cultural events from Wednesday, April 3 through Sunday, April 7, 2013.

VAC Merrie Monarch

All events will be held on the lanai of the VAC Gallery, located next to the Kilauea Visitor Center in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visitors and kama’aina alike are invited to experience the mauka celebration of Merrie Monarch free of charge (park entrance fees apply).

While visiting the gallery, be sure to check out La‘a Ka Pa-Kapala, a collaborative art exhibit by Natalie Mahina Jensen and Lucia Tarallo currently on display through April 14. Also featured will be an old-style lei stand with a variety of flower, leaf and liko (bud) lei available for purchase. All proceeds aid in supporting VAC’s mission to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

Wednesday, April 3 & Friday, April 5, 10:00AM–2:00PM: Ohe Kapala on Gathering Bags. Join artist and Hawaiian cultural practitioner Greg West to learn the art of ohe kapala (bamboo stamping) on the VAC gallery porch. Select your own 100% cotton gathering bag keepsake and personalize your design using a traditional Hawaiian stamping technique. Free crafting demonstration; bag and materials fee of $42.

Wednesday, April 3, 10:00AM–2:00PM: Artist Demonstration with Jelena Clay. Meet artist Jelena Clay as she demonstrates a variety of techniques for designing and decorating an ipu (gourd) and presents an extensive collection of her past works.

Thursday, April 4, 11:00AM–2:00PM: Print and Book Signing with Caren Loebel-Fried. Meet the artist known for beautiful illustrations of the legends and myths of Hawaii. Caren will be on hand with an extensive collection of books, prints, giclees and original pieces to sign while conducting a demonstration of her finely-tuned block printing process.

Friday, April 5, 11:00AM–1:00PM: Ukulele Lesson with Patrick Inouye. Join in on this free hands-on ukulele lesson taught by Patrick Inouye. Ukulele available, or bring your own for a Kanikapila-style casual jam session.

Sunday, April 7, 10:00AM–2:00PM: Print and Book Signing by Dietrich Varez. Celebrate Hawaii’s most popular hula festival by meeting VAC’s signature artist. Renowned Hawaiiana artist Dietrich Varez will be on hand signing his extensive collection of over 250 prints and books he has written or illustrated.

For more information, visit Volcano Art Center’s website at www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact the VAC Gallery at (808) 967-7565.

 

 

March Events at the Volcano Art Center

Activities scheduled for March at the Volcano Art Center

Volcano Art Center

Fridays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 11:00AM–1:00PM

Aloha Fridays. Every Friday, a hands-on demonstration lesson is given in a cultural craft that will vary from week to week at the VAC Gallery porch in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service should call (808) 967-8222 or email julie@volcanoartcenter.org at least two weeks in advance. This program is supported in part by the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. All events are free (donations welcome); park entrance fees apply. Visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Saturday, March 2–Sunday April 14, 9:00AM–5:00PM

La‘a Ka Pa-Kapala, Sacred the Rhythms And Patterns. A collaborative exhibit by Natalie Mahina Jensen and Lucia Tarallo. A collection of acrylic paintings depicting the Hawaii Maoli’s penchant for sacred geometry. The paintings serve to illustrate the newly interpreted Nature Chant Kumulipo, entitled Kane Keia! Wahine Kela! (Male This! Female That!). Opening reception Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 5:00PM, Talk Story with both artists on Thursday, March 14 at 6:00PM at VAC Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. All events are open to the public; park entrance fees apply. Call the VAC Gallery at (808) 967-7565 or visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Mondays at 9:30AM & Saturdays at 11:00AM

March 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30

Niaulani Nature Walk – Free Guided Rain Forest Tour in Volcano. This one-hour nature walk travels through a lush portion of an old-growth Hawaiian rain forest on an easy, 1/7-mile loop trail. The walk introduces individuals, families, and groups to the native plants and birds of Volcano. Guides focus not only on the biological, ecological, and geological features of the area, but also the cultural usages of flora and fauna by native Hawaiians. Offered every Monday and Saturday at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Free; donations welcome. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Saturday, March 2, 10:00AM–1:00PM

“Make Books!” with Lisa Louise Adams. Join Lisa in this half day workshop. Learn to paint and fold a hard cover accordion book and also make 2 soft cover books. Treat yourself to a fun day of learning the simple art of making books and get inspired by Lisa’s collection of one-of-a-kind art books. Students are asked to bring cotton fabric for covers and magazine or favorite copies of photos. Cost is $35 or $31.50 for VAC members plus a $10 supply fee. Held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. Please call to register in advance at (808) 967-8222.

Saturday, March 2 at 6:30PM & Sunday, March 3 at 2:00PM (Matinee)

Volcano Variety Show! The ultimate in good time entertainment! Spring fever is in the air and everyone needs a good dose of delight! Acts range from sketch, comedy, music, dance and downright fun! Shows are appropriate for all ages. Performances held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Tickets: Adults $8, Children under 17 $5. Order your tickets now at (808) 967-8222 and visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Mondays at 7:30AM, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:30PM

March 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26 & 28

Yoga with Emily Catey. Relax your body and rejuvenate your soul in this gentle and peaceful class. The focus is on stretching and releasing both physical and mental tension. Classes are offered on Monday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings, open to both beginning and intermediate students at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. $10 drop in fee or $5 for VAC members. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Mondays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 5:30PM–7:00PM

Beginner’s Yoga With Rob Kennedy. A gentle, comprehensive yoga practice suited to all levels of experience but aimed specifically at beginners or people resuming their practice after an injury or interruption. Slow-paced but with an emphasis on individual growth. Stretch and strengthen your entire body then reward yourself with a deep, conscious relaxation. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothes and bring a mat or large towel. Ongoing on Mondays. $5 per class. Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2:00PM–3:00PM

Tea for Tuesdays – Hina Matsuri (Girls Day) & National Women’s History Month. Join JoAnn Aguirre, tea educator and member of the Hawaii Tea Society, for an hour of tea talk, a delicious scone and a cuppa, in a special tribute to all young girls, and to women’s contributions to the world of tea. Tea for Tuesdays is a one hour program and part of our monthly 2013 Volcano Tea Series. Free activity; donations accepted. Held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. For more information, call (808) 967-8222 or visit teachingtea.com.

Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 5:30PM

Kanikapila Jam Sessions are open to all musicians. Bring your instrument and enjoy “garage style” jamming with your neighbors and community. Donations are appreciated. Ongoing at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. Call (808) 967-8222 or visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Thursday, March 7, 5:30PM–7:00PM

HINA Community Meeting - Kau District. Come and learn about VAC’s Hawaii Island Network of Artists project, partially funded by the County of Hawaii. This exciting new initiative aims to encourage and support a greater awareness of Big Island artists and the economic impact of this unrecognized creative workforce. Held at the Naalehu Community Center, 95-5635 Mamalahoa Hwy in Naalehu, Hawaii. For more information, visit www.HINArtists.org or contact HINA Project Manager Tiffany DeEtte Shafto at info@hinartists.org. Stay connected with HINA on our Facebook Page and on Twitter, join our Facebook Group and subscribe to our Blog to receive updates in your inbox.

Saturday, March 9, 10:30AM–11:30AM

Hula Arts at Kilauea in HVNP – Na Mea Hawai`i Hula Kahiko Performance. Featuring Halau Hula Manaolana `O Kohala and visiting halau, Hula Halau Ka Pi’o O Ke Anuenue of Ashland, Oregon. Their performance honors their late kumu hula Raylene Kawaia`ea. This inspired outdoor presentation takes place rain or shine at the pa hula (stone platform) located near VAC Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The audience is encouraged to bring sitting mat and be prepared for variable weather. On the same day, there is a hands-on cultural demonstration from 9:30AM to 1:30PM on the VAC Gallery lanai. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service should call (808) 967-8222 or email julie@volcanoartcenter.org at least two weeks in advance. This program is supported in part by the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. All events are free, though donations are welcome and park entrance fees apply. Visit volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Sunday, March 10, 4:00PM–5:30PM

Medicine for the Mind, Buddhist Healing Meditation. Everyone longs for happiness in external conditions, expecting people and things to be the source of the satisfaction we seek. In these classes, we will look at Buddha’s teachings on finding happiness inside – in states of mind that are the cause of inner peace. We will engage in meditations to train our mind in the inner causes of fulfillment and discover a lasting source of happiness. Everyone is welcome to these free classes held at at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Free; donations welcome. For more information contact Buddhist student Patty Johnson at (808) 985-7470.

Thursday, March 14 at 6:00PM

La‘a Ka Pa-Kapala, Sacred the Rhythms And Patterns – Artist Talk Story. Talk Story with artists Natalie Mahina Jensen and Lucia Tarallo about their collection of acrylic paintings depicting the Hawaii Maoli’s penchant for sacred geometry. The paintings serve to illustrate the newly interpreted Nature Chant Kumulipo, entitled Kane Keia! Wahine Kela! (Male This! Female That!) Held at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. All events open to the public, although park entrance fees apply. Call VAC Gallery (808) 967-7565 for more information.

Volcano Art Center Presents “Na Mea Hawaii – Hula Arts in the Park”

Volcano Art Center presents Kahula ‘O Nawahine Noho Pu’ukapu under the direction of kumu hula Ana Nawahine-Kahoopii for an inspirational hula kahiko performance at the hula platform in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:30am.

Ana Nawahine-Kahoopii by Ken Kurashima

The halau, founded by Nawahine-Kahoopii in 2007, is based in Kuhio Village, Hawaiian Homelands in the ahupua’a of Pu’ukapu, Waimea. The mission of the halau is to express the sacred through the poetry of hula.

“Hula is a sacred path to the core of ourselves, the world we exist within and the worlds that exist within us. As we deepen this awareness of our place in the cosmos it is reflected in our voices and bodies, the joy of oli (chant) and hula (dance) are expressions of this awakening. This path of awakening is a lifetime commitment and one we graciously share with you,” says kumu Nawahine-Kahoopii.

Kahula ‘O Nawahine Noho Pu’ukapu by Ken Kurashima

Also on December 15, there are cultural demonstrations of lei making from 9:30am to 1:30pm at Volcano Art Center Gallery. For the outdoor hula performance, the audience is encouraged to bring mats for sitting on the grass, plus rain and sun gear as the presentation takes place rain or shine. As parking is limited, carpooling is strongly recommended.  Events are free; however, national park entrance fees apply.

These events are sponsored 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. For more information, call Volcano Art Center at (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

 

Volcano Art Center Welcomes Anela Strings for Holiday Harp Concert

Never known for shying away from the unconventional, Volcano Art Center welcomes the unique sounds of Anela Strings for an extraordinary holiday concert on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Expect the unexpected with this profound alchemy of vibration that has been said to lift, inspire, and most of all, remind us of the shining light of our true natures.

This holiday performance features the multi-talented harpist duo Kristin Aria Shaw and Irminsul creating a harmonious marriage of the harp’s ancient and stirring sound with heart thumping percussion and expansive electronic vistas. Their unique musical approach creates a tether from the here and now to the Everywhere.

Recently reviewed by Marya Mann in the November/December edition of Ke Ola Magazine, “Anela music is… all-encompassing as it is to reconnect with the field of human and planetary ecology, it’s more significantly a view of ourselves as whole, a Holy thing, and you don’t even have to believe it. Just listen to the music.”

“Anela Strings, Music of a Higher Place” will be held Saturday, December 1 starting at 7:00pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Doors open at 6:30pm. Cost is $16 or $14 for VAC members.

Tickets may be purchased in person or over the phone at (808) 967-8222. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or www.anelamusic.com.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

Saturday’s Arts Market to Host Sign-Up Drive for Hawai’i Island Network of Artists

Waimea Artists’ Guild, working with the Hawai‘i Island Network of Artists (HINA), a project of Volcano Art Center, invites all Island artists to register with HINA’s new data base.  Free registration and information will be available at the Waimea Artists’ Guild Holiday Arts Market on Saturday, November 3, at Kanu o ka ‘Āina New Century Public Charter School, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  For info call 808-887-2289.

Ledward Kaapana

Slack-key master Ledward Ka‘apana & Friends appear live in concert from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at Kanu o ka ‘Āina School in Waimea. The family-friendly concert includes chili and rice dinner, salad bar, and beverages. Tickets $15 adult, $9 youth 4-12, keiki 3 and under free, available at Kanu or Mama’s House Thrift Shop, or call 887-2289. This drug and alcohol free event is a fundraiser to support the partnership between WAG and KALO’s ‘Ohana in the Arts Program.

John Dumas at Volcano Art Center

John Dumas, the internationally renowned Kauai artist, musician, inspirational teacher, shamanic astrologer and pioneer in sound healing, will be offering his unique “Dreamtime Concert” experience at Volcano Art Center on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

Join John Dumas for a musical shamanic journey November 10th at Volcano Art Center

Described as mystical and magical, John’s rare enthusiasm enthralls and elevates the Soul. He travels the world bringing joyful shamanic journeys into the lives of his concert-goers through the use of his handcrafted instruments and has performed at sacred sites such as the Egyptian pyramids and Mayan temples.

Through his use of didgeridoo, flutes, rattles, drum and chanting, John aims to stir the Soul into a divine bliss. He shares his rare gift to combine musical precision with an intuitive response to the heart’s calling of his audience.

“Dreamtime Concert” with John Dumas will be held Saturday, November 10 starting at 7:00pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Doors open at 6:30pm. Cost is $12 or $10 for VAC members.

Tickets may be purchased in person or over the phone at (808) 967-8222. For more information, visit  www.volcanoartcenter.org or www.johndumas.com.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

Volcano Art Center Celebrates New Gallery and New Board of Directors

Halemaumau Crater isn’t the only thing making noise in Volcano these days. Volcano Art Center, well known for its popular gallery inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park since 1974, announces the official grand opening of a second gallery location in Volcano Village.

Volcano Art Center’s new Rainforest Gallery at Niaulani now open in Volcano Village

Please join the VAC staff, board and volunteers in celebration of the new Rainforest Gallery at Niaulani on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:30pm.

“Brushed by the Heavens and Inspired by Nature,” the Rainforest Gallery grand opening festivities will include live music, desserts, surprise giveaways and a final glimpse at the current installment – a group exhibition entitled The Elemental: Setting Forth Various Elements Through Transfigurement Into Shining.

The Rainforest Gallery at Niaulani is now open daily from 9am to 4pm (closed Sundays and holidays) and features a small café serving specialty coffee, espresso, tea and treats.

Immediately preceding the gallery opening will be VAC’s Annual Membership Meeting, the yearly gathering of members to formally elect new candidates for the Board of Directors. The nominated slate of incoming board members includes: Donna Barr, Darla Deville, Robert N. Herkes, Vicki Penney-Rohner and Britten Traughber.

Presided by Board Chair Linda Pratt and Chief Executive Officer Tanya Aynessazian, members in attendance will hear about noteworthy past events and future plans which are directly impacted by their invaluable support. A special award for “VAC Gallery Artist of the Year” will also be announced based on member selection.

Member check-in begins at 5:00pm and a light supper will be provided before the meeting is called to order at 5:30pm. For members who are unable to attend in person, proxy ballots must be received by October 23, 2012 at 5:00pm and addressed to: Volcano Art Center, PO Box 129, Volcano, HI 96785.

Both events will take place at VAC’s Niaulani Campus located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact Tanya Aynessazian at (808) 967-8222 or info@volcanoartcenter.org.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

Volcano Art Center Invites the Crafty to Come Unhinged

Join award-winning artist Charlene Asato for a crafting workshop like non other: Piano Hinge, Unhinged on Saturday, October 20, 2012 will dispel the mysteries of the piano hinge structure to guide you through the process of creating a decorative, functional and unique hand-bound book.

Charlene Asato

Charlene Asato is a renowned Big Island artist whose works have been praised in many juried shows. She avidly pursues book arts, paper arts, photography, calligraphy and doll arts. This whimsical and creative workshop of her design will inspire you to explore the potential for sculpturally and texturally rich homemade books using all kinds of imaginative materials.

Piano Hinge, Unhinged with Charlene Asato will be held Saturday, October 20 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Cost is $35 or $31.50 for VAC members plus a $10 supply fee.

For more information and to reserve your space, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact VAC’s Program Coordinator Julie Callahan at (808) 967-8222 or julie@volcanoartcenter.org.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

Calling All Hawaii Island Visual Artists

Art makers and lovers alike are invited to join Volcano Art Center for the first of many creative conversations about their Hawaii Island Network of Artists initiative on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

Hosted at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village from 5:30 to 7:00pm, HINA project coordinator Tiffany DeEtte Shafto and VAC CEO Tanya Aynessazian will lead an open discussion on the needs of local artists—what works, what doesn’t, and share ideas for collective improvement. The overall goals for HINA will be examined with attendee input warmly encouraged.

Participation in the Hawaii Island Network of Artists is free to all visual artists on Hawaii’s Big Island. Meeting attendance is also free and future gatherings are already being coordinated for each District:

  • Kickoff Meeting:  September 19 at 5:30pm, Volcano Art Center, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano
  • Puna Community:  September 20 at 5:30pm, Pahoa Community Center, 15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa
  • South Kohala Community:  October 9 at 5:30pm, Waimea Community Center, 65-1260 Kawaihae Road, Waimea
  • South Hilo Community:  October 24 at 5:30pm, UH Hilo, Room UCB 127, Hilo
  • Hamakua Community:  November 7 at 5:30pm, NHERC, 45-539 Plumeria Street, Honokaa
  • South Kona Community:  January 24, 2013 at 5:30pm, SKEA, 84-5191 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook
  • North Kona Community:  February 7 at 5:30pm, Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa
  • Kau Community:  March 7 at 5:30pm, Naalehu Community Center, 95-5635 Mamalahoa Hwy, Naalehu
  • North Kohala Community:  TBA
  • North Hilo Community:  TBA

There are many ways to participate if you are unable to attend a meeting in person. For more information, visit www.HINArtists.org, connect on Facebook at facebook.com/HINArtists, on Twitter at @HINArtists, through email at info@HINArtists.org or call Volcano Art Center directly at (808) 967-8222.

Hawaii Island Network of Artists is a project of Volcano Art Center and is supported in part with funding from Hawaii County. Photo and video artist volunteers are needed to assist with documenting meetings and project progress. Please email Tiffany if you are interested in lending your services at info@HINArtists.org.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

Volcano Art Center Presents Traditional Hula, Chant and Cultural Demonstrations this Saturday

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 julie@volcanoartcenter.org.

County of Hawaii, Hawaii Tourism Authority and Friends of Hawaii Charities Award Needed Funds to Volcano Art Center

Rain showers are nothing new for the Big Island’s Volcano Village, but for one local nonprofit, fresh grant funding has been pouring in along with all the wet weather. Volcano Art Center (VAC) has recently been awarded three new grants to expand their education, outreach and forest restoration programs.

Hawaii County has just approved VAC’s request to create a Hawaii Island Network of Artists (HINA) economic impact report and website, awarding $21,250 to help fund the undertaking. Particularly strong in arts administration, including sales, education and promotion, VAC is already positioned to research, promote, perpetuate and document the expanding community of artists throughout Hawaii County.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) states in their 2008 report, Artists in the Workforce, that the State of Hawaii ranks #3 per capita of the 50 states with fine artists and craftspeople. According to their report, nearly 15 of every 10,000 residents is an artist.

“Given our involvement with this community, we are certain Hawaii Island has far more than 270 visual and fine artists,” reported VAC CEO Tanya Aynessazian. “Our research will provide the County and State with the documentation they need to promote Hawaii as an arts destination, directly benefit local artists and enhance our island economy.”

Hawaii’s state tourism agency, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), awarded VAC with a $35,527 grant to continue the Volcano Rain Forest Restoration and Education project that has been active since 2006. The funding enables VAC to serve as stewards of the Niaulani Rain Forest, a 5.5 acre old-growth native forest in Volcano Village that makes up most of the land on which the organization houses its administrative campus.

Preserving the forest for future generations requires VAC to assume the unending responsibility of controlling about 30 non-native plants. They have smartly involved community volunteers in ongoing restoration efforts and service learning opportunities, and offer free guided tours on Mondays and Saturdays to bring even more awareness to this rare Hawaiian treasure.

VAC will soon be offering a Youth Media Arts program thanks to another grant of $5,000 awarded by Friends of Hawaii Charities. Funds will be used to purchase equipment for an open Media Arts Lab, and to provide classes, courses and workshops in digital photography, storyboarding, storytelling, camera and film basics, and filmmaking. Intended for youth ages 5 to 19, technical aspects of photography and video production will be taught with an emphasis on how media enhances education, awareness and community.

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through the arts and education.

Volcano Village Receives Prestigious Warrior Marker Designation from HVCB

The latest addition to the Hawaii Visitor and Convention Bureau (HVCB) Warrior Marker program has just landed in Volcano Village. The Ni’aulani Rain Forest located off Old Volcano and Kalanikoa Roads has officially been designated as a site of historic significance on Hawaii’s Big Island.

While Volcano Art Center (VAC) currently serves as its official caretaker, the active nurturing of Ni’aulani began around the same time as the Warrior Marker itself.

Depicted in deep red and gold, the familiar figure of King Kamehameha has been used since the early 1930’s to mark Hawaii’s safe, accessible areas that are deemed to be of unique cultural, historic and scenic value.

In 1920, Ni‘aulani was first recognized by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) as a forest reserve and headquarters for island foresters. For decades, the foresters who resided on site restored and protected Ni‘aulani to the extent that they could with limited (human) resources, removing invasive kahili ginger and other problematic plants. They also sheltered the acreage from the devastating effects of cattle grazing and harvesting of old-growth ‘ōhi‘a and koa trees that plagued the surrounding rain forests.

When VAC chose to expand beyond Hawaii Volcanoes National Park into the neighboring Volcano Village, it was with the understanding that the organization continue to carry out the generational legacy of forest stewardship and – most importantly – help the community connect with this rare natural resource on educational and experiential levels.

According to Tanya Aynessazian, VAC’s Chief Executive Officer, the Ni‘aulani Rain Forest of today attracts a special kind of individual, one who seeks out profound inspiration by a true native Hawaiian rain forest. Rather than encountering impenetrable walls of alien kahili ginger or princess flower in the understory as seen in the surrounding Kīlauea rain forests, guests are introduced to a native forest floor consisting of indigenous flora such as flowering shrubs, ferns, mosses and the opportunistic fungi. Many such plants – and native rain forests in general – are of utmost significance in Hawaiian traditions. It is because of this varied native plant inventory that Ni‘aulani also fosters diverse populations of native bird species.

Volcano Art Center is honored to be facilitators between Ni’aulani and the steadfast people who devote an average of 800 annual volunteer hours to help restore and protect this rare treasure. For more information, visit the VAC Niaulani Campus online at www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact Tanya at (808) 967-8222 or director@volcanoartcenter.com.

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through the arts and education.

Dancing on the Earth with Shizuno Nasu – Creative Dance Classes Return to Volcano Art Center

Volcano Art Center celebrates creative dance with internationally renowned and classically trained dance artist Shizuno Nasu. The exuberant praise for Nasu’s 2011 spring dance and movement classes was the only prompting needed for VAC to collaborate with her on a new summer series to begin in July.

“Watching Shizuno dance is pure magic; she always takes my breath away,” stated Volcano Art Center CEO Tanya Aynessazian. “We are delighted she has created this new series for us. ‘Dancing on the Earth’ promises to be our most enchanting class this summer!”

Each class will begin with warm-up stretches to provide conditioning, balance and vitality for physical health. The focus will then transition to learning expressive dance movements based on Hara Tanden chi energy theory. These Asian techniques inspired by the wind, water and fire energies increase concentration and enlightenment of the spirit through fluid motion and relaxation.

 

Dancing on the Earth with Shizuno Nasu is a three-part series that begins on Saturday, July 7. Subsequent classes will be held August 4 and September 1. All classes are open to all levels – including beginners and non-dancers – and will be held from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Tuition is $45 or $40.50 for VAC members for each session. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact Julie to register at (808) 967-8222 or julie@volcanoartcenter.org.

Nature Guides Needed in Volcano

Volcano Art Center (VAC) seeks environmental-minded volunteers who can devote a minimum of two hours per month, either on Saturday or Monday mornings, guiding visitors and residents through a unique, historic section of native Hawaiian rain forest in Volcano Village.

Niaulani Nature Walk guides sharing the importance of Hawaiian Rain Forests

The three hour-long session readies potential guides for weekly one hour long “Niaulani Nature Walks,” which have been running strong every Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. since 2006. Guides are granted the opportunity to also help lead Saturday tours, from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., to be initiated in May of 2012. These tours provide thousands of local and global visitors a chance to experience and learn about one of the last intact, accessible examples of this forest type remaining in the entire state.

On the day of the training, attendees are offered an intensive written and oral explanation of the concepts intended to be communicated to visitors, such as Niaulani’s natural history and cultural uses of its components. After the training, attendees are encouraged to follow on more tours until they get a general understanding of the forest, a feel for the flow of interpretational information, are comfortable communicating it to groups, and can commit to begin leading walks on their own. For officially scheduled guides, VAC provides an extensive 90-page illustrated narrative further detailing the ecology and history of the forest. VAC also has a volunteer reward program based on hours accumulated annually.

The April 28 training is held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus, at 19-4014 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Registration for the training is required and space is limited. If you are interested in being part of these exciting educational tours please contact Volcano Art Center at 967-8222 or programs@volcanoartcenter.org.

A Celebration of Lo`ea Hula Charles Kauhi Ka`upu with HAPA

Volcano Art Center’s Spring Concert Series continues on Saturday May 12 with HAPA“A Celebration of Lo`ea Hula Charles Kauhi Ka`upu ” in a concert to celebrate the life of one of Hawaii’s great Chanters. Surrounded by the lush forest and Halemaumau, Kilauea Military Camp’s Kilauea Theater will be the place to be with unforgettable performances by Barry and Ron as they celebrate their “music brother”.

HAPA

Guests are invited to come at 6:30 pm to join in chant and dance before the performance according to Volcano Art Center CEO Tanya Aynessazian. “Sharing the arts and celebrating Hawaii’s musicians is our mission. We believe in keeping art accessible and affordable for all, but as I have said in the past it’s the generous donations from our community that bring these great concerts to Volcano.”

“We are so excited to have Barry and Ron of HAPA performing and honoring the great art of Ol`i,” stated Concerts Coordinator David Wallerstein. “Charle’s expertise in `oli, the ancient art of Polynesian chant, is something that we want to celebrate with our elders and pass on to our keiki at Volcano Art Center. I promise a special and moving evening for all that join us.”

Wallerstein stated that he expects HAPA to sell out again, adding “we hope this wonderful evening will ignite a passion for music in all who attend and maybe inspire a few donations for this beautiful Polynesian art and Volcano Art Center.”

From HAPA’s humble beginnings when their self titled critically acclaimed album HAPA which captured all six Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawai’i’s grammys) awards for which it was nominated. To today with the incredible line-up of Barry Flanagan and Ron Kuala`au, HAPA’s brilliant artistry, musicianship and creativity affirms HAPA’s place among the greatest musicians of Hawaiian Music.

HAPA’s music evokes a place that many people at different times have referred to as heavenly. The overriding quality of their music is one of beauty and serenity, found in the majestic tones of oli (chant), mele (song), the elegant moments of the sacred dance known as Hula, and the exhilarating sounds of virtuoso slack key guitar.

The groups ground breaking music has established them as one of the most internationally recognized names in Hawaiian music since their debut release, with sold out shows from Honolulu, to Tokyo to New York…and again Volcano.

The concert with HAPA will begin at 7:00 p.m. with $35.00 tickets available for advance purchase at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, at VAC Art Gallery or online at www.volcanoartcenter.org. For more information, contact David at (808) 967-8222 or concerts@volcanoartcenter.com.

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through the arts and education.

“Honoring Ipu”

“Honoring Ipu” features a unique collection of decorated gourds by Jelena Clay and Ipu Heke and Umeke by Kalim Smith. The exhibit is on display from March 3 through April 22, 2012 at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Original decorated gourd by Jelena Clay photographed by Jesse Kalawe

The exhibit features hawaiian ipu gourds (Lagenaria siceraria) of varying shape and size embellished in both traditional and contemporary design, honoring the deeply rooted cultural practice of decorating functional vessels used as tools, musical instruments, and in ceremony. Each item on display, is the dried fruit of the gourd vine, unique in color, pattern, blemishes and irregularities. It is often these irregularities which dictate how the gourd will be used once the seeds and pith are removed and fully dried. Captivated by these irregularities, Jelena says the gourds themselves tell her what to do. The individual “personalities” of each one, with their bulges and irregularities, ask her for ornamentation with seed lei, dye colors, hula or plant images. Her constant challenge is to answer their demand for embellishment of natural materials, carving, dying, and burn etching.

Jelena Clay

One of the more common applications of ipu art is as a percussion instrument used to provide a beat for hula dancing. There are two types of ipu, the ipu heke and the ipu heke ‘ole Both are made from gourds that have been cut off at the neck and hollowed. The ipu heke is two such gourds joined together with a hole cut in the top to allow the sound to escape. Chants and dances in ancient Hawaii were accompanied only by percussion instruments. This art was suppressed after the arrival of Christian Missionaries in 1820, but revived under King David Kalākaua during his reign of 1874 to 1891. The annual hula competition, The Merrie Monarch Festival, celebrates his life and the revival of theses arts in Hawaii today.

Kalim Smith (in dark blue, far right) and company showing traditional gourd hula implements

Volcano Art Center’s “Honoring Ipu” exhibit will be on display during this year’s annual festival as well as other special gallery events, including print and book signings by local artist and authors. For a complete listing of events please visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

The public is invited to view these transformed gourds during a reception honoring both Clay and Smith on Saturday, March 3, from 5-7 p.m. ,or daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. from March 3 – April 22, 2012. Call (808) 967-7565 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Occupy Art at the Volcano Art Center

Volcano Art Center and Donkey Mill Art Center open their hearts, minds and walls to residents and visitors inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York City on September 17, 2011 and has since swept across many states and countries. These partnering arts organizations offer a place for healthy communication about socially relevant issues, using art as a vehicle for expression.

To provide a venue for creative and peaceful responses to this movement, people of all walks of life and arts experience are encouraged to submit heartfelt and artful contributions to be exhibited.  At Volcano Art Center, “OCCUPY ART,” exhibit and “Zero Currency Trade Event,” will be open to the public December 2-9, 2011, with intake beginning at the end of the November.  In Holualoa, The Donkey Mill Art Center will host a sister exhibition called “BEYOND WALL STREET” December 20, 2011 through February 11, 2012.  Intake for this exhibition will be December 9-10, 2011.

Together We Find Strength

According to the unofficial de facto Occupy Wall Street (OWS) website, www.OccupyWallSt.org, “OWS is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions brought together by their intolerance for the greed and corruption of the 1% of money earners and the desire to restore democracy to America. The OWS movement empowers people to create real change from the bottom up and encourages the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”

Open Call for Art from the Heart

An open call seeks responses to the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Global citizens of all ages, arts experience and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.  Original art work in all media may including painting, sculpture, photography, sketches, poetry, writing or performance.  Artwork must be complete and ready to display (on hangers or in frames, etc.).

All types of work accepted.  Art work for the Volcano Exhibit can be dropped off November 28-29 between 2-6pm to Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village.  Alternate Hilo drop-off is Stairway to Art Gallery, from 10am-4pm on the same days, at 336 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo (upstairs from Reuben’s near the farmer’s market).  Artwork for the Holualoa exhibition “BEYOND WALL STREET” can be dropped off at the Donkey Mill Art Center on December 9th and 10th.

Upon closing of the art gallery exhibitions, artists are encouraged to mail their artwork to one of their US Senators or Representatives as a visual representation of constituents’ perspectives or to identify locations in their community to display their artwork publicly.

Zero Currency Open Mic Nite

Volcano’s exhibit opens with a “Zero Currency Trade Event,” at VAC’s Niaulani Campus on Friday, December 2 at 7PM.  Poets, singers, musicians, comics, sketch artists, improv acts, magicians may come and perform on this inaugural, OWS-inspired Open Mic Night.  Acts up to 5 minutes may sign up upon arrival on a first-come, first-served basis.  As a “Zero Currency Trade Event,” there is no admission or entry fee and guests are invited to bring their own pupus, snacks, drinks and items to share or trade.  This is sure to be an eclectic and memorable evening.

5,000 miles from Manhattan

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 that promotes, develops, and perpetuates the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawai’i people through the arts and education.  VAC’s Niaulani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Call Tanya for more information at (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

The Donkey Mill Art Center is located at 78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway and is the home of the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture.  The mission of this non-profit charitable organization is to enrich the lives of persons of all ages and abilities through arts and culture. Their vision is to provide a stimulating environment that helps individuals discover, develop, and expand their artistic abilities.  For more information, call 322-3362 or visit www.DonkeyMillArtCenter.org

The opinions and ideas presented in the OCCUPY ART and BEYOND WALL STREET exhibits do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Volcano Art Center, Donkey Mill Art Center, their respective staff, boards or members.

IMPORTANT DATES

Intake:

Volcano

November 28-29, 2011 from 2pm-6pm at Volcano Art Center

- or - Stairway to Art Gallery, from 10am-4pm at 336 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo

(upstairs from Reuben’s near the farmer’s market).

Holualoa

December 9-10, 2011 from 10am-4pm

Opening Reception:

Volcano

December 2, 2011 at 7pm, Volcano Art Center

A Zero Currency Trade Event with no admission or entry fee

Guests are encouraged to bring their own pupus, snacks, drinks and items to share or trade.

Holualoa

December 20, 2011

Pick-up:

Volcano

December 12-16 from 9am-5pm, M-F

Just for Kids Classes Begin at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus

Just for Kids

All classes are held at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in the Hale Ho’momana Educational Facility:  19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano Village.

Call (808) 967-8222 or e-mail: community@volcanoartcenter.org to register.

Ukulele for Life, with Patrick Inouye

Four Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20 & 27   with a performance on October 4.

3:00PM-3:45PM Ages 6-8

4:00PM-5:00PM Ages 9-13

No one is too young or too old to learn to play the ‘ukulele.  Learn a song on an ukulele at your first lesson.  Build your confidence and develop a lifelong skill.  Learn chord and strumming techniques from Patrick Inouye, who has over 50 years of experience.  An extension course will be offered in November to students wanting to build on their skills.  $40/$36 for VAC family members.  ‘Ukulele for Life is offered as a part of VAC’s Art Afterschool Program, funded in part by the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts.

Mommy and Me

Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 2011

Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

GROUP 1: Tumblers, Ages 18-23 Months       9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

GROUP 2: Rompers, Ages 2- 4yrs.                  10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Creative engagement and social time for very young keiki, including music, movement, and artistic activities in a hodgepodge of fun and learning through play. $6 per class or $25 for 5.

Volcano Rain Forest Art Camp: Autumn Harvest

Monday-Friday, October 3-7, 2011   9:00AM-4:00PM

Keiki and teens ages 6-14 are invited to participate in this one-week camp with Hawaiian culinary and cultural emphasis.  Activities include luau cooking class, traditional tool making, art and outdoor adventures, all culminating in an ‘ohana luau with food and performances by our creative keiki.  $165/$148.50 for VAC family members.  Partial financial aid available for those in need; applications due by September 21, 5:00pm.  To register, request a financial aid application or for more information: community@volcanoartcenter.org

Mexican Folk Art Days

Sundays in October: See Online Calendar for schedules and offerings.

Mask making, tissue flowers, collage altars and more… In honour of upcoming Dia de Los Muertos celebrations at East Hawaii Cultural Center and Volcano Art Center in November, individuals, families and children are invited to join in the creation of traditional art and craft projects.

ART AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM: Fall Session

November 1 – December 9, 2011       3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Creative engagement with professional artists, musicians and cultural practitioners for kids ages 6-13.  Classes include studio practice, outdoor fun and movement activities for a relaxed and balanced afterschool option for kids. See our “Menu for Creative Enrichment” for current offerings in ‘ukulele, painting, drawing, performance arts, ceramics and more…  Tuition is $60-$65 per 5 week class.

Performance Arts  with Tanya Aynessazian

5 Wednesdays, November 9, 16, 23, 30, and December 7    3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

This 5- week course introduces young performers Ages 10-14 to the art of using their voice, body and soul… not to mention the stage! Each session includes warm-ups, conceptual discussion, improvisation games, sketch comedy exercises, two 15-minute breaks and question/answer time. Students will actively participate in creating the class each week, building quick-thinking skills, characterization, comedy, movement and expressiveness.  Basic stage skills and focus on specific skills (i.e., projection, comedy writing, character development) per participant desire and need will be addressed weekly.  Learn to use your energy creatively, purposefully and work with others to create acts and skits each week!  $65/$58.50 for VAC family members.  VAC’s Art Afterschool Program is funded in part by the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts.