April 2015 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Events

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News Release Date: March 17, 2015

Contact: Jessica Ferracane / Public Affairs Specialist, 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 April. To celebrate the Merrie Monarch Festival’s 52nd anniversary, special cultural presentations are offered April 7, 9 and 10. 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: 

‘Ohe Hano Ihu, the Hawaiian bamboo nose flute.  Learn how to create a musical bamboo nose flute!  Join park rangers as they share their knowledge and love of the traditional art of ‘ohe hano ihu. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.
When: Tues., April 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Halema‘uma‘u Happenings: An update on the Kīlauea summit eruption. In March 2008, a new volcanic vent opened within Halema‘uma‘u Crater at the summit of Kīlauea. Since then, the eruption has consisted of continuous degassing, occasional explosive events, and fluctuating lava lake activity in an open crater that is now 560 ft by 720 ft in size. While thousands of visitors flock to see the nighttime glow emitted by the lava lake, the summit eruption also provides an abundance of data and insights for scientists. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick will present an update on the Kīlauea summit eruption, including an overview of the volcanic processes occurring within the vent. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
When: Tues., April 7 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium  

‘Ohe Kāpala. Learn to craft beautiful designs on a bamboo stamp to embellish cloth. Join staff from Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association who will share the traditional art of ‘ohe kāpala, bamboo stamping. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.
When: Thurs., April 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Lei Making. Patti Kaula will demonstrate a variety of traditional lei-making techniques including haku, kui, hipu‘u, and hilo styles. Hawaiians use lei for many reasons, including blessing crops, adornments for hula dancers, in healing and sacred rituals, to show rank or royal status, and to bestow upon a guest, just to name a few. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.
When: Fri., April 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

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Aerial view of lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater
In this Hawaiian Volcano Observatory aerial, wispy gas emissions on March 6, 2015 allowed clear views of the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u Crater. The thin crust over the lava lake within the Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook crater is seen moving slowly to the southeast with no spattering.

USGS Photo

Last updated: March 17, 2015

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