Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Celebrates Merrie Monarch Festival with FREE Hawaiian Programs April 27 – 29

Media Release:

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will celebrate the 48th annual Merrie Monarch Festival by offering Park visitors free ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (Experience the Skillful Work) Hawaiian cultural programs and live Hawaiian music Wednesday through Friday, April 27 – 29.

Keiki Hāliko and Hi‘ilei Hauanio wearing lei.

Keiki Hāliko and Hi‘ilei Hauanio wearing lei.

All programs are offered free of charge at the Kīlauea Visitor Center lanai
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Park admission fees apply.)

Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture through these fun programs:

Nose Flute Workshop. Join Park Ranger Adrian Boone and volunteer Ed
Shiinoki and create your own ‘ohe hano ihu, or bamboo nose flute.
Singer/songwriter Rupert Tripp, Jr. will also perform.  When: Wed., Apr.
27; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lei Making. Patricia Kaula and her daughter Lehua Hauanio will share the
art of lei making. Hawaiians use lei for blessing crops, adornment for hula
dancers, in healing and sacred rituals, and much more. Lei can be made from many items, including leaves, flowers, shells and seeds. When: Thurs., Apr. 28 and Fri., Apr. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Feather Kahili Making. Join the Makuakāne ‘ohana as they share the arts of
Hawaiian culture.  Violet May and daughter Helene will demonstrate the art
of making a feather kahili, a symbol of royalty. Join them and make your
own kahili to take home. Singer/songwriter Kenneth Makuakāne will play
original songs from his solo albums, The Dash and Makuakāne. When: Thurs.
Apr. 28 and Fri. Apr. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Create Ahu Lā‘ī.  Ahu Lā‘ī, or ti leaf capes, were fashioned by attaching
individual stems of the ti leaf to a net mesh. It was worn over the
shoulders to protect the wearer from driving winds and rains. Join Park
Ranger Jason Zimmer as he shares his knowledge and skills in making a cape, or better yet, try your hand and add a few leaves to the cape. When: Thurs. Apr. 28 and Fri. Apr. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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