Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park April 2012 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawaii National Park, HI - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout April, including extra events during Merrie Monarch week. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
Eruption Cycles at Kīlauea. Don Swanson, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will explain how Kīlauea's eruptive cycles were recently recognized, what they mean in terms of how the volcano works, and what are the hazards implied by long explosive periods. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
Kalo and Lāʻau Lapa'au. Sam and Edna Baldado share the many cultural uses of the kalo, or taro, plant. Learn about the hundreds of varieties of kalo in Hawaiʻi and how each plant is identified. Kaʻohu Monfort also shares her knowledge of lāʻau lapaʻau, and how Hawaiian medicinal plants can help heal and nourish. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' Ike Hana Noʻeau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
Musical Performance by Rupert Tripp, Jr. Singer/songwriter Rupert Tripp, Jr. brings his love of music and decades of experience as a performer to the park. Rupert has played with many of Hawaiʻi's top recording artists (the Makaha Sons of Niʻihau, Roland Cazimero, Kapena to name a few) and is an accomplished soloist. He also plays acoustic guitar with the trio, Kohala. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' Ike Hana Noʻeau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
Ohe Hano Ihu (Bamboo Nose Flute) Workshop. Park Ranger Adrian Boone and National Park Service volunteer Ed Shiinoki will demonstrate and make traditional three-holed bamboo nose flutes for visitors. The ʻohe hano ihu is played by blowing air into a hole with one nostril and holding the other nostril closed. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing Ike Hana Noʻeau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
Makuakāne ʻOhana Arts & Music. Celebrate Merrie Monarch with the Makuakāne ohana as they share the arts and music of Hawaiian culture. Mother Violet May and daughter Helene will teach the art of making a feather kahili, a symbol of royalty. Brother Kenneth, a singer, songwriter and producer, will play original songs from his albums, The Dash and Makuakāne as well as from his other award-winning compositions. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing Ike Hana Noʻeau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
Nā Lei with Patricia Kaula. Hawaiians use lei for blessing crops, adornment for hula dancers, in healing and sacred rituals, and to show royal status or rank. Lei are also given to honor guests or as peace offerings, to celebrate a birth, and as expressions of love and expression. Join master lei artist Patricia Kaula as she shares nā lei, the art of traditional and modern lei making. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing ʻIke Hana Noʻeau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
Pomai in Concert. Contemporary Nā Hoku Hanohano award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist Pomai Longakit shares her original songs and her latest hit, "Another Rainbow," at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes. Pomai is one half of the brother and sister duo, Pomai and Loeka, known worldwide for their song, "Come ʻAʻama Crab," and she hosts a popular radio show on Hawaiʻi Island's KWXX every Saturday and Sunday morning. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing Nā Leo Manu "Heavenly Voices" presentations. Free.
Endemic Hawaiian Flowers: A Celebration of World Heritage. In 1987, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site due in part to the high number of endemic species it protects. This year the park celebrates 25 years of World Heritage by offering a series of special programs about the natural and cultural resources in the park. U.S. Geological Survey botanist and author Linda Pratt presents the story of Hawaiʻi's amazing and beautiful native flowering plants. Isolated by thousands of miles of ocean and cut off from the rest of the world for thousands of years, Hawaiʻi boasts one of the highest rates of endemic species.
Did You Know?
Only two butterflies found in Hawai`i are native. The Kamehameha Butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) is Hawai`i's state insect, brightly colored, and larger than the Blackburn's blue (Udara blackburni).