July 2014 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
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 July. All programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai'i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:
Ulana Lauhala. Learn to weave a decorative star from leaves of the pandanus tree. Lau hala are used to create a wide array of attractive, useful, and traditional Hawaiian arts and crafts. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' 'Ike Hana No'eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
NPS Photo/Jay Robinson
Cultural Festival in Kahuku. The 34th annual Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival will be held in Kahuku this year. Enjoy hula kāhiko and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their art, and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts. Taste traditional, ono Hawaiian foods. Bring water, rain jacket, and ground mat or chair, plus sunscreen and a hat. No pets. Lunch and beverages will be available for sale. This is a family-friendly, drug- and alcohol-free event. The Kahuku unit is the southernmost section of the national park, and is located on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 at mile marker 70.5. Free entry and free parking. Sponsors include Hawai'i Pacific Parks Association, Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, the Ka'ū Hawaiian Civic Club, Kīlauea Military Camp, and our sister parks in West Hawai'i. Call 808-985-6011 or email email@example.com for more information.
Hula Performance. Visiting from Honolulu, the ladies of Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua, under the direction of kumu hula Pōhai Souza, share hula 'auana (modern hula) at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Also sharing the stage are Hālau Hula Kalehuapuakea, with kumu hula Keu Ostrem, and Hālau Hula Kamaluokukui, under the direction of kumu hula Malina Kaulukukui. Music performed by Kualoa, featuring Kula Abiva and Pokiʻi Vaughan. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, and your $2 donation helps support After Dark programs.
The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i. While the story of the 1942 mass round-up, eviction and imprisonment of Japanese Americans in California, Oregon and Washington has been well documented, very little is known about the Hawai'i internees and their unique experience during World War II. This is the first full-length documentary to chronicle this untold story in Hawai'i's history. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, and your $2 donation helps support After Dark programs.
Did You Know?
The endangered Honu (Green Sea Turtle) are frequently seen in shallow waters and basking in the sun on beaches. They return to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to lay their nests, over 700 miles away.