November 2013 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Events
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 November. 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:
How Ecologists Pick a "Winning Team" in Forest Management. Natural ecosystems today are forever changed by the introduction and establishment of non-native species like never before. Some non-native species, however, may be playing important roles in the community in terms of providing ecosystem goods and services. Susan Cordell, senior scientist and research ecologist for the USDA Forest Service's Institute of Pacific Island Forestry, explains the objective of the agency's lowland tropical wet forest restoration project. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
Poke, From the Ocean to Your Table. Join April Kekoa and Teana Kaho'ohanohano as they share their knowledge of preparing this popular island dish. Poke (pronounced "po-keh") means "to slice or cut." As a food dish served as an appetizer or snack, it usually consists of bite-size pieces of raw, fresh fish mixed with seaweed and kukui nut relish. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing 'Ike Hana No'eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
Ben Ka'ili in Concert. Hawaiian musician Ben Ka'ili has dedicated his life to playing and promoting Hawaiian music. He has shared Hawaiian music at festivals, including Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's 33rd annual cultural festival last July, and through concerts and performances for more than 20 years.orn on the island of Hawai'i, Ka'ili started playing Hawaiian music at the age of eight with his family, including his uncle, Uncle George Lanakilakeikiahiali'i Na'ope. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing Nā Leo Manu "Heavenly Voices" presentations. Free.
Kahuku Junior Ranger Day. Keiki of all ages are invited to join park rangers and explore the park's southernmost section of Kahuku, in Ka'ū. Connect the culture, people, and 'āina through 'oli, GPS, and compass on a short and easy walk. Ka'ohu Monfort shares her knowledge and love of the island's native medicinal plants and how they are used to heal and nourish. Bring a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, long pants, jacket and closed-toe shoes. At least one adult must accompany the children. The event and lunch are free, but registration is required. Call (808) 985-6019 by Nov. 15. Co-sponsored by Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i Pacific Parks Association, and the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center.
The Art of Lei Making. Join Patricia Kaula as she shares the art of lei making. Hawaiians use lei for blessing crops, adornment for hula dancers, in healing and sacred rituals, and much more. Lei can be made from many items, including leaves, flowers, shells and seeds, and is offered to express friendship, love, respect, and honor. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing 'Ike Hana No'eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
Did You Know?
`A`ali`i (Dodonaea viscosa) is an important shrub with many traditional Hawaiian uses. Its hard and durable wood makes a fine spear. Seed pods are fashioned into beautiful lei, while its red capsules can be boiled to make dye.