Hawaii National Park, HI – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park (ADIP) programs with the public throughout 2017. In addition, the community is invited to lend a hand to save native rainforest through the park’s Stewardship at the Summit volunteer program.
ADIP and Hawaiian cultural programs are free, but 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 that preserve the history and culture of Hawai‘i:
Stewardship at the Summit. Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. No advance registration is required, and there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply. Visit the park website for additional planning details. When: Dec. 1, 7, 15, 23, and 30 at 8:45 a.m. Where: Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. on any of the above dates.
Cascade Volcanoes Beneath a Solar Eclipse. Learn about the volcanoes of the Cascade Range in Washington and Oregon, how often they erupt, and why their eruptions can be more dangerous than eruptions in Hawai‘i. Park Rangers Michael Newman and Jay Robinson visited these majestic mountains during the total solar eclipse and found adventures around every corner. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ After Dark in the Park series. Free. When: Tues., Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium
Pacific Islands as Models for Culture, Agriculture and Sustainability. Peter Vitousek, Ph.D. looks to Hawai‘i and other Polynesian islands as models for living more sustainably. He will share his discoveries on how the innovative agricultural systems of pre-contact Hawai‘i connect to Pacific societies in the past, present and future. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ After Dark in the Park series. Free. When: Tues., Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium
Lā‘au Lapa‘au. Hawaiian herbal medicine practitioner Ka‘ohu Monfort demonstrates the power of local plants to nourish and heal. See and touch a variety of traditional medicinal plants, including kukui, noni, kī, ‘ōlena, and more. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. When: Wed., Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Ken Makuakāne Performs. Enjoy the melodies of award-winning musical article, Ken Makuakāne. His accolades include 15 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award, and six Big Island Music Awards. A prolific songwriter, Ken’s compositions have been recorded by many artists including the Brothers Cazimero, Nā Leo Pilimehana, and many more. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free. When: Wed., Dec. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium
Pulumi Nī‘au Demonstration. The pulumi nī‘au (coconut broom) is a tool widely used in the Pacific. The coconut tree has myriad uses and is considered a “tree of life” by many cultures. In Hawai‘i, the importance of the coconut can be seen in the legend of Niuolahiki, whose name means “coconut of long life.” Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. When: Wed., Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day. The park offers 155 miles of hiking trails, Kīlauea Visitor Center and Jaggar Museum, plus many opportunities to appreciate the volcanic landscape, native ecosystem and Hawaiian culture that define this World Heritage Site. Events that occur at facilities within the park, including the Volcano Art Center Gallery, Volcano House, and Kilauea Military Camp, are also subject to park entrance fees.