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Experience Kahuku at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's Annual Cultural Festival, July 12

Children Watching Hālau Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū
Children Watching Hālau Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū
NPS / Jay Robinson

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News Release Date: June 13, 2014
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018

Hawaii National Park, HI - Save the date and participate in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's 34th annual Cultural Festival, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the park's Kahuku Unit in Ka'ū, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free!

 
Tasting Hawaiian Foods

Tasting Hawaiian Foods

NPS / Jay Robinson

Enjoy hula kāhiko and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their art, and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts. Taste traditional, ono Hawaiian foods. Performers this year will include Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning singer and 'ukulele artist Diana Aki (the "Songbird of Miloli'i"), Kumu Hula Mamo Brown and Hālau Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū, noted falsetto singer, Kai Ho'opi'i, kupuna hula by Haunani Medeiros, and more.

"The park's annual cultural festival brings our communities together, and offers a wide range of authentic Hawaiian experiences for residents and visitors," said Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Superintendent, Cindy Orlando. "Our park staff also look forward to this yearly opportunity to connect with our communities and share their aloha for the 'āina," she said.

 
Ohe Kapala

Ohe Kapala

NPS / Jay Robinson

This year's theme is Ka'ū hiehie i ka makani which means Ka'ū regal in the gales, referring to the multi-directional winds that cool the land in Kahuku.

Make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. Bring water, rain jacket, and ground mat or chair. No pets. Lunch and beverages will be available for sale. This wonderful family experience is a drug- and alcohol-free event.

The Kahuku unit is the southernmost section of the national park, and is located on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 at mile marker 70.5, approximately 42 miles south of the main park entrance at Kīlauea. Free parking available.

Call 808-985-6011 or e-mail us for more information.

-NPS-

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