August 2014 Hawaiian Cultural Programs in the Park
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian cultural programs with the community and visitors in August. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. (There is no After Dark in the Park event for August). Cultural programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:
Haku Mele Hawaiian Songwriting Retreat. Hawaiian music, language, and song experts Kenneth Makuakāne and Kaliko Trapp-Beamer will offer a two-day Hawaiian music songwriting retreat for beginners. Budding songwriters 18 and older will find inspiration in the wahi kapu (sacred places) in the rainforest, the pāhoehoe fields, and around the summit of Kīlauea volcano. Call (808) 985-6166 to register no later than August 8. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ Nā Leo Manu, “Heavenly Voices” performances. Free.
When: Saturday and Sunday, August 16 & 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Environmental Education Center
When: Wednesday, August 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium
NPS Photo/Jay Robinson
When: Wednesday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Find posters of these events online: http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/events.htm.
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.