Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park February 2012 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawaiʻi National Park, HI - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout February. These programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
Lāʻau Lapaʻau with Momi Subiono. Momi is a native Hawaiian practitioner of Hawaiian massage (lomilomi), kapa making (bark cloth), and lāʻau lapaʻau (Hawaiian medicinal plants and practices). She creates natural herbal products to help the Hawaiian community. Her goal is to create a renewed awareness, understanding and use of traditional Hawaiian plants for healing. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing ʻIke Hana Noʻeau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
Nā Waʻa: The Canoe. Nā Waʻa is an epic, multi-generational presentation on Hawaiian canoes, their various methods of construction, and the formative influence of the waʻa (canoe) on Hawaiʻi's past, present, and future. Join Capt. Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa as he takes us on a voyage of Hawaiian canoes, from the first arrivals, to working fishing vessels, giant war canoes and the sleek modern racing craft of today. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
Mark Yamanaka: Live in Concert. Join award-winning singer/songwriter Mark Yamanaka in concert. Mark will share songs from his critically acclaimed debut CD, Lei Pua Kenikeni, which earned him four Nā Hoku Hanohano awards in 2011: Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Most Promising Artist, and Song of the Year. Mark is one of three musicians to sweep all four categories with a debut CD. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing Nā Leo Manu "Heavenly Voices" presentations. Free.
Feather Kāhili-Making. Mother/daughter team Violet May Makuakāne and Helene Hayselden will demonstrate the art of making a feather kāhili, a symbol of Hawaiian royalty. Simply watch and learn, or join in and make your own kāhili to take home. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing ʻIke Hana Noʻeau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
Don't Look Back. Hawaiian Myths Made New. The perpetuation of Hawaiian culture is alive and well in this beautiful new collection of 17 favorite moʻolelo (tales), edited by Hawaiʻi author Christine Thomas. The tales are retold with a modern twist by some of Hawaiʻi's most notable writers, including Ian MacMillan, Maxine Hong Kingston, Kuʻualoha Hoʻomanawanui, W.S. Merwin, and others, including nationally best-selling novelist and Waimea resident Darien Gee - aka Mia King - who will join Thomas for this special reading and book signing. Part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
Did You Know?
During the 1800's, vast quantities of fragrant sandalwood were the first major export of the Hawaiian Islands. The trade nearly caused the extinction of `iliahi or sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum).