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Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park to Host 32nd Annual Cultural Festival July 14

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Ranger Kiko takes visitors for a wa'a (canoe) ride on land
NPS Photo by Jay Robinson

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News Release Date: June 11, 2012
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018

Hawaii National Park, Hawaiʻi - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will host the 32nd Annual Cultural Festival on Sat., July 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Park entrance fees will be waived all day.

This annual, one-day gala event is a popular one, and this year the Cultural Festival promotes the importance and understanding of hula kahiko, traditional arts and crafts, and contemporary Hawaiian music. The festival, with anticipated attendance of 5,000 visitors, will be presented at the park's Kahua Hula (traditional hula platform) at Kaʻauea, near Volcano Art Center.

"We invite everyone to celebrate what truly makes Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park so special: the ever-present spirit of aloha of the Hawaiian people and culture so deeply connected to this sacred land of powerful geology and diverse and unique ecology," said Park Ranger Joni Mae Makuakāne-Jarrell.

The festival's theme is ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi, "Not all knowledge is learned in one school." Kumu hula and members of several hālau hula will share their knowledge of hula kahiko, including chants, costumes, implements and adornments.

This event honors, preserves and perpetuates Hawaiian culture and supports Hawaiian programs, practitioners, hālau and musicians. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/havo or call (808) 985-6011. This is a fee-free day.

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Did You Know?

Ripe `ohelo berries ready to be eaten by nene.

`Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum) is a relative of blueberries and a favorite food of nene, the Hawaiian Goose. Its berries range from dark red to pale yellow when ripe and are sacred to Pele, the volcano deity.