September 2014 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs

Kai Hoopii
Lā‘au lapa‘au demonstration

NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

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News Release Date: August 15, 2014

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 September. 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:

Feather Kāhili Demonstration. Violet May Makuakāne shows how to make a feather kāhili, a symbol of royalty displayed in the presence of the chief. Free. When: Wed., Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Kai Ho‘opi‘i in Concert. Come enjoy an evening of Hawaiian music, through the sweet voice of Kai Ho‘opi‘i, sharing the music of his ‘ohana from Kahakuloa, Maui. Kai is a winner of the Aloha Festivals Hawaiian falsetto signing contest. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.
When: Wed., Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium 

Hawai‘i’s Big Earthquakes. Big earthquakes pose an ever-present danger to Hawai‘i. But, what is a “big” earthquake—and how can you keep safe during the next one? Join Paul Okubo, a seismologist with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, as he presents an overview of damaging earthquakes in Hawai‘i, including current theories on where and why they occur and what you can do to best protect yourself when they happen. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, and your $2 donation helps support After Dark programs.
When: Tues., Sept. 23, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

‘Ohe Kapala Demonstration. ‘Ohe kapala, or bamboo stamps, were utilized to present many unique designs for traditional Hawaiian kapa. Today, these exceptional designs are being used as patterns on all types of fabric. Join Keiko Mercado as she demonstrates how ‘ohe (bamboo) are 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.
When: Wed., Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai 

Ka‘ū ‘Ohana Day. Keiki of all ages are invited to join park rangers and take a closer look at the park’s Kahuku Unit during a day of activities. Connect with the culture, people and the ‘āina (land) through mo‘olelo (stories), GPS, and compass. A free lunch will be provided when you sign up by calling (808) 985-6019. Deadline to register is Sept. 19. Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center. Free.
When: Sat., Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Kahuku Unit, at mile marker 70.5 in Ka‘ū on the mauka side of Highway 11 

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A house in Kalapana damaged by a magnitiude-6.1 earthquake that struck June 25, 1989. It was felt on the islands of Hawai‘i, Maui, and O‘ahu, but damage to residential property was greatest in the Island of Hawai‘i’s Puna
District, where several homes in Kalapana, Royal Gardens, and Kaimū collapsed and many other structures suffered significant damage.

USGS Photo/J.D. Griggs

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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