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    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Celebrate Hawai`i Volcanoes 26th Annual Cultural Festival

Festival logo by Dietrick Verez

     Festival logo by Dietrick Verez

Hawai`i Volcanoes News Release
Date:
June 4, 2006
Contact: Mardie Lane, Park Ranger, (808) 985-6018

“For the very first time, we will gather together and celebrate Hawai`i’s unique island culture at the park’s newly acquired Kahuku Unit,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ 26th annual cultural festival is set for Saturday, July 15, 2006, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Kahuku Unit is located in Ka‘u between the 70 and 71 mile marker on Highway 11. The festival is free.

The festival theme is Ka Nani A‘o Ka‘u, the beauty that is Ka‘u. At 10 am, the echo of the pu (shell trumpet), the beat of the pahu (drum), and the voices of the keiki of Kukulukumuhana o Ka‘u will remind us all that the culture of Hawai`i is very much alive.

Participants will enjoy the sweet sounds of Hawaiian music by
Demitrius Olivera and Leka Gravela, The Ka‘u Seniors, Pandanus,
Pomaikalani, Mark Yamanaka, The Hilo Serenaders, and Diane Aki and Friends.

Learn Hawaiian crafts from the masters. Join in and make a lei, feather kahili, and ball and loop game. You can weave a coconut basket and lauhala bracelet, play musical implements and Hawaiian games, and taste traditional foods such as kalua pig, taro, sweet potato, sugar cane, and breadfruit.

Watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their arts. Learn how to fish, throw net, build canoe, craft drums, do lomilomi massage, beat kapa, carve wood, use plants as medicine, make ti leaf cape and sandals, stamp with bamboo, craft a Hawaiian sled, decorate gourds, make a lauhala hat and feather lei, create a native plant garden, and plant dryland taro.

Participants will be able to buy locally-made Hawaiian crafts from the cultural demonstrators.

Food, drinks, and festival t-shirts will also be available for purchase.

Festivalgoers should wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring water, a rainjacket, and a ground mat to sit on. It may be hot and sunny or cool and misty.

The event is cosponsored by the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development, Hawai`i Tourism Authority, Hawai`i Natural History Association, Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, and Kilauea Military Camp.

For more information, call the park’s division of interpretation at 808-985-6011 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/havo.


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Did You Know?

Lei made of `a`ali`i and native ferns.

`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.