Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park October 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 October. 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:
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'Ohe Kapala (Bamboo Stamp). 'Ohe kapala, or stamps made from bamboo, were used to create unique designs for traditional kapa. Today, these exceptional designs are used as patterns on all types of fabric. Join Keiki Mercado and Nikki Kiakona as they demonstrate how 'ohe (bamboo) is carved into beautiful designs and how they are used. There will be samples and a hands-on opportunity to learn about this distinctive art form. 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.
The Art of Hau. Learn the art of making cord and rope with hau, an indigenous plant in the hibiscus family. Malia Macabio and Kanoe Awong share the intricacies of gathering the material, preparing it, and braiding the fibers into useful and important pieces of Hawaiian art. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing 'Ike Hana No'eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free.
Puna Junior Ranger Day. Keiki of all ages are invited to join park rangers and master lei hulu kumu, Aunty Doreen Henderson, for a hands-on demonstration and workshop on how to make kāhili, the Hawaiian feather standard. At least one adult must accompany the children. Sign up for this free program, which includes a free lunch. Registration is required. Call (808) 985-6011. Co-sponsored by Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i Pacific Parks Association, and the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center.
Examining the 'Ōhi'a Lehua Ecosystem with Dr. Dieter Mueller-Dombois. In the early 1970s, a multidisciplinary team of forest biologists began a study of the intact native ecosystems in and around Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, in particular the 'ōhi'a lehua rainforest. Patches of dead 'ōhi'a stands were reported from the windward slopes of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Aerial photo analyses by a team of federal and state foresters revealed rapidly spreading 'ōhi'a dieback. A killer disease was suspected to destroy the Hawaiian rain forest in the next 15-25 years, yet that never happened. In his new book, Rainforest: Born Among Hawaiian Volcanoes, Evolved in Isolation: The Story of a Dynamic Ecosystem with Relevance to Forests Worldwide, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa professor Dieter Mueller-Dombois explains what really happened and why the 'ōhi'a lehua rainforest survived intact as witnessed today. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
Did You Know?
`Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum) is a relative of blueberries and a favorite food of nene, the Hawaiian Goose. Its berries range from dark red to pale yellow when ripe and are sacred to Pele, the volcano deity.