Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park May 2012 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawaii National Park, Hawaiʻi - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout May. Most programs are free (except where noted), and park entrance fees apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii. Award-winning author Frances H. Kakugawa shares the stories of her life in the town of Kapoho, which was engulfed by lava during the 1960 eruption. Born and raised in Kapoho, Kakugawa's precise recall in Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii (Watermark Publishing, 2011) helps remind us of the beautiful innocence of youth and the realities of growing up poor in Hawai'i. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
Kāpili Choir: Concert on Kīlauea. Kāpili Choir, the premier vocal ensemble of the University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo under the direction of Dr. Matthew Howell, will perform an evening concert described as an eclectic blend of gospel, early American and contemporary Hawaiian choral arrangements. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
Hawaiian ʻUkulele Demonstration. Join Oral Abihai as he shares his passion for making ʻukulele 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 ʻukulele. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ʻIke Hana Noʻeau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
An Evening of Hula and Hawaiian Music. Come witness some of the traditions of Hālau Hula Kalehuakiʻekiʻeikaʻiu ma Kīlauea, under the direction of kumu hula Ab Kawainohoikalaʻi Valencia. The evening begins with a humble vocal supplication for inspiration and grace. Observe the method of adorning oneself for dance as the novice ʻōlapa (dancer) prepares for the hula. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing Nā Leo Manu "Heavenly Voices" presentations. Free.
Kapa Workshop. Join Park Ranger Joni Mae Makuakāne-Jarrell and create your own one-foot piece of kapa (bark cloth). The class is free, and materials are $20. Kona-born practitioner and artist Kauhane Heloca will assist you as you design and create your own kapa implements. The class is free, but implement materials are $300. This includes four implements: kua (wooden anvil), iʻe kuku (square beater), hohoa (round beater) and niho ʻoki (shark tooth knife). Space is limited to 30 students. To reserve your space, contact Joni Mae at e-mail us, or call 985-6020 by May 7. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ʻIke Hana Noʻeau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops.
Did You Know?
`A`ali`i (Dodonaea viscosa) is an important shrub with many traditional Hawaiian uses. Its hard and durable wood makes a fine spear. Seed pods are fashioned into beautiful lei, while its red capsules can be boiled to make dye.