Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park December 2013 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawaii National Park, Hawai'i – Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in December. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai'i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:
Carl Ray Villaverde in Concert. Multi-talented musician and Hilo native Carl Ray Villaverde has returned to Hawai‘i Island! Come welcome Carl home, and listen to him perform in this rare concert opportunity. After spending more than a decade on the mainland teaching ‘ukulele and guitar at Santa Barbara City College and performing throughout California, Carl returns to the islands with his new CD, Hawaiian Magic. On sale at the show. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park Series. Free.
Learn Lauhala Weaving. Join members of 'Aha Pūhala o Puna as they share the art of lauhala weaving to perpetuate this Hawaiian skill. Weave your very own bracelet from leaves of the hala (pandanus) tree. Lauhala ornaments crafted by the club will be available for sale. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing 'Ike Hana No'eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
John Keawe Live in Concert. Award-winning kiho'alu (slack key) guitarist, composer and recording artist, John Keawe rings in the holidays at the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium with his music. His wife Hope provides moving interpretations of his music with her graceful hula. This program is expected to be well-attended so come early for seating. John's CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase the evening of the performance. This program featuring John and Hope Keawe's lovely music and hula was produced by the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa Outreach College's Statewide Cultural Extension Program. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
Haku Mele Ho'ike. Come enjoy an evening of new, original Hawaiian music by local island songwriters. Participants attended a three-day Haku Mele, a Hawaiian music songwriter's workshop with music great Kenneth Makuakāne and University of Hawai'i-Hilo Hawaiian language instructor, Kaliko Beamer-Trapp. Original Hawaiian compositions were created through experiential and interactive presentations and small group sessions in songwriting. Students will debut their original songs written in class, and Kenneth Makuakāne will emcee and perform. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing Nā Leo Manu "Heavenly Voices" presentations. Free.
Did You Know?
The `ohi`a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) is a pioneer plant on new lava and a dominant tree in most mature Hawaiian forests. Honeycreepers, like the `apapane and `amakihi, are often seen sipping sweet nectar from its flowers. More...