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Lyman Museum Participates in Blue Star Museums

The Lyman Museum is one of the more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

The Lyman Museum

The Lyman Museum

The nation’s active duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserve, and their families, can visit the Lyman Museum for free from Memorial Day, May 26, through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

The Blue Star Museums program provides military families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their community.

“We’re really excited to be participating again in Blue Star Museums,” said Rachel Pierson, Membership and Development Associate for the Lyman Museum.  “It’s a privilege to offer free admission to members of the military and their families and it’s a great opportunity for them to learn more about the local community and the resources it holds.  The Lyman Museum really has something for everyone.  We’ve got science, culture, and history exhibits as well as guided tours of the historic Lyman Mission House.”

This year, more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative.  The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173‐1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military ‐ Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps ‐ and up to five family members.

June 2014 Hawaiian Cultural and After Dark in the Park Programs

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in June. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association.  Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

Kapo‘eno‘ono‘o: Early Native Hawaiian Scholars. We rely on the works of Davida Malo, John Papa ‘I‘i, Samuela Kamakau, Kepelino, and S.N. Hale‘ole for insight on the history, cultural practices, literature and genealogies of pre-contact Hawai‘i. Former park archivist Helen Wong Smith specializes in Hawaiian archival material, and serves on the Council of the Society of American Archivists as the first archivist from Hawai‘i since 1968, explains how these men straddled two cultures, how their efforts provide us with unadulterated knowledge of wā kaiko (ancient times), and how can we access their publications in the digital era. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, and your $2 donation helps support After Dark programs.

When: Tues., June 10, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Kumu Hula Mamo Brown at the park's 2013 Hawaiian Cultural Festival. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

Kumu Hula Mamo Brown at the park’s 2013 Hawaiian Cultural Festival. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

“Backyard” Lei-Making Demonstration. Join kumu hula Mamo Brown as she demonstrates three different lei styles: wili, hipu‘u, and hilo, using backyard foliage. If you want to see what you can make from your backyard, pick and bring some with you to this demonstration!  Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wed., June 11, from 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Hula Performance. Enjoy an evening of hula with Hālau Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū, under the direction of kumu hula Mamo Brown. A lifelong resident of Hilo, Mamo was formally trained by Nalani Kanaka‘ole and Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele of Hālau o Kekuhi in the ‘ai ha‘a, or low bombastic, style of hula. After her uniki (graduation), Mamo started her own hālau and is carrying on this traditional form of hula. Part of the park’s ongoing “Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” performances. Free.

When: Wed., June 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Carl Ray Villaverde in Concert. Multi-talented musician and Hilo native Carl Ray Villaverde has returned to Hawai‘i Island! Welcome Carl home, and listen to him perform in this rare concert opportunity. After spending more than a decade on the mainland teaching ‘ukulele and guitar at Santa Barbara City College and performing throughout California, Carl returns to the islands with his new CD, Hawaiian Magic, on sale at the show. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, and your $2 donation helps support After Dark programs.

When: Tues., June 24 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

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., June 25 from 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

 

Big Island Film Festival Workshop – “The First 10 Pages” With Ron Osborn

Going on now at the Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid, writer/producer Ron Osborn is giving a workshop entitled “The First 10 Pages”.

Ron Osborn

Ron Osborn

The workshop is focused on getting the attention of folks that will actually buy scripts that are written by folks and catching the attention in the first 10 pages of your script that you may decide to write.

Osborn was the first Golden Honu Award recipient for Screenwriting back in 2009 and has presented workshops at the annual Talk Story film festival ever since.

Folks enjoying the Big Island Film Festival Night Films

Folks enjoying the Big Island Film Festival night films from last night

A writer/producer for 30 years. Osborn has worked in half-hour comedy and animation, hour-long comedy and drama, feature originals and feature rewrites, on such series as Moonlighting, Duckman, Cupid, and The West Wing, as well as such features as Meet Joe Black, and has developed with Stephen Spielberg, Ron Howard, and George Lucas.

He has been nominated for 7 Emmys, 3 Cable Ace Awards and 2 Writers Guild Awards.  He has written pilots for every primetime American network, as well as for such cable networks as Showtime, FX, USA, ABC Family, Lifetime and Disney.