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May 2013 After Dark in the Park and Cultural Events

Ohia Lehua by Judy Edwards
Young red buds of ‘ōhi‘a lehua
Courtesy of Judy Edwards/HPPA

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Date: May 1, 2013
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 May. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

Lei Making, Wili-Style. Volcano resident and hula student Kanoe Awong shares the traditional wili style of lei making using liko lehua. Learn how to transform the leaves and flower buds of the 'ōhi'a lehua tree into beautiful lei. These trees are currently in bloom throughout the park, and its signature red blossom is the official flower of the island of Hawai'i. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing 'Ike Hana No'eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
When: Wed., May 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai  

Whose Footprints Are These Really? Research suggests the story behind the fossilized human footprints in the Ka'ū Desert may be more complex than originally thought. Footprints found in desert ash layers were believed to have been created in 1790 by the army of the Hawaiian Chief Keōua on their way back from battle. While in the area, Kīlauea erupted, sending suffocating ash down on one group. Others made it out alive, leaving their footprints in the then-wet ash. The ash dried, forever memorializing this event…or did it? Join Dr. Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura as she examines fascinating geologic evidence that may indicate much more prehistoric activity in the area. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
When: Tues., May 14 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium  

Lei Making, Hilo-Style with Ti Leaf. Malia Macabio and Amy Kaawaloa demonstrate how to make the Hilo style of lei by twisting two strands of ti leaves together. Hula dancers use lei lā'ī (ti leaf lei) to adorn their wrists and necks. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing 'Ike Hana No'eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
When: Wed., May 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

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Did You Know?

Glowing, reddish-orange lava flowing on the surface at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park

Kīlauea Volcano has erupted lava almost continuously from its east rift zone since 1983. These lava flows have added about 500 acres of new land to the southern shore of Kīlauea and covered 8.7 miles (14 km) of highway with lava as deep as 115 feet (35 m). More...