Hawaii National Park, HI – Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, and continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park (ADIP) programs with the public in May. All ADIP and Hawaiian cultural programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai'i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:
Inspired by the Island of Fire. Hawai'i Island author Tom Peek, a former eruption ranger at Hawai'i Volcanoes, presents "the story behind the story" of his award-winning novel, Daughters of Fire. The novel is described as "a gripping adventure of romance, intrigue, myth, and murder set amid the cultural tensions of contemporary Hawai'i." Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free. When: Tues., May 10 at 7 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Create a Lei Haku. Lei making is a skill and art enjoyed in Hawai'i for countless generations, and Hawaiian lei come in many forms. The traditional haku style of lei making involves braiding material into a base of leaves to create a full and beautiful adornment. Learn how it's done! Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing 'Ike Hana No'eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free. When: Wed., May 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
May 2016 Artist-in-Residence is Emma Stibbon. Visual artist Emma Stibbon, noted for her dramatic and extreme monochrome landscape drawings, was selected as the May 2016 Artist-in-Residence at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Stibbon, who is from the United Kingdom, will display and discuss her work at an After Dark in the Park program on Tues., May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Kīlauea Visitor Center. She will also offer two public workshops, featuring plein air techniques on two consecutive Saturdays: May 14 and 21, at 11 a.m. Both workshops will be in the lobby of the 1932 Administration Building (also known as the 'Ōhi'a Wing), located between Kīlauea Visitor Center and the Volcano House on Crater Rim Drive. Participants must bring their own pencils, ink and paper. Call or email Chief of Cultural Resources Laura Schuster to reserve a spot: firstname.lastname@example.org, (808) 985-6130. The Artist-in-Residence program is presented in cooperation with the non-profit National Parks Arts Foundation. All AIR programs are FREE.
Find Your Park on the Big Screen. Learn the significance of the War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam, established in 1978 as a tribute to those who fought and died during the Pacific Theater of World War II. The 30-minute film, Liberating Guam: The U.S. Comes Back, reveals the aggressive Japanese expansion into the Pacific region during the war, and due to its graphic nature, may not be suitable for younger audiences. When: Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Richard "Likeke" Teanio in Concert. Musician Richard "Likeke" Teanio serenades the evening with 'ukulele and slack-key guitar music. Born and raised in Kāne'ohe, O'ahu, he's been featured on multiple recording projects for Kekuhi Kanahele, Diana Aki, Russell Mauga, and Walter Aipolani. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing Nā Leo Manu "Heavenly Voices" presentations. Free. When: Wed., May 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Centennial Series After Dark in the Park: Honu'ea, Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles of Hawai'i. Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park has monitored and protected nesting honu'ea and their habitat since 1989. Honu'ea are critically endangered, and only 139 nesting females have been documented. Lauren Kurpita, coordinator of the Hawai'i Island Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project, reveals the differences between hawksbill and green sea turtles (honu), threats to hawksbills, and the latest conservation efforts to protect the species from extinction. When: Tues., May 24 at 7 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Learn to Plait Lau Hala. Many Pacific cultures plait (weave) the leaves of the pandanus plant (called lau hala in Hawai'i) into useful and decorative items like mats, baskets, bracelets and more. Using lau hala is a long and arduous process, but the final product is soft, beautiful and a work of art. Come learn how it's done. Part of Hawai'i Volcanoes' ongoing 'Ike Hana No'eau "Experience the Skillful Work" workshops. Free. When: Wed., May 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Centennial Hike: Honu'ea, Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles of Hawai'i. Join Lauren Kurpita and Supervisory Park Ranger Andrea Kaawaloa-Okita on a three-mile roundtrip hike to Ka'ena Point to learn more about the nesting and monitoring activities of honu'ea, the human and cultural history of the area, and how eruptions in this coastal region have impacted both. Sturdy footwear, water, light raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended. Be prepared for hot, windy weather. About 2 ½ hours. When: Sat., May 28, 2016 at 9 a.m. Where: Meet at the Pu'u Loa Petroglyph Parking Lot
2016 is the centennial anniversary for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, and the year-long Centennial After Dark in the Park & Hike Series. To find out what's happening throughout 2016, visit the park website. It's also the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. To find centennial events at other national parks, visit FindYourPark.com.