Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Centennial Events for February 2016

A lava cave
Visit lava caves like this one virtually, through 3D, on Feb. 9!

Photo courtesy of Peter & Ann Bosted

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News Release Date: January 22, 2016

Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-5018

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 February.

All ADIP and Hawaiian cultural programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events: 

The Mysterious World of Volcanic Caves in 3D. Mysterious lava tubes are the skeleton of the Hawaiian Islands: they give volcanoes their shield-like shape by acting like pipes to transport lava from its source to the ocean. Where lava tubes go, new land is formed. Photographers Peter and Ann Bosted have surveyed and photographed lava tubes and share their images in 3D (glasses provided). Hear how they document, protect and conserve lava tubes. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
When: Tues., Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium 

Kōnane: a Traditional Game of Strategy. Kōnane is an ancient Hawaiian game reminiscent of checkers, and is played with pebbles placed in even lines on a stone or wooden board. It was played by all classes of people, and remains popular among Hawaiians. Come test your strategic skills against your friends and make your own cloth board to play on at home. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. 
When: Wed., Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai 

Hula Performance by Hālau Ke ‘Olu Makani o Maunaloa. Come enjoy a breathtaking performance by Hālau Ke ‘Olu Makani o Maunaloa, under the direction of kumu hula Meleana Manuel of Volcano. The hālau has participated in many competitions, festivals and events in Hawai‘i, Japan and on the mainland – all locations where they have branches. The goal is to perpetuate Hawaiian culture, protocol and history through song and dance while instilling confidence, respect and responsibility. Kumu Meleana received her ‘ūniki from Master Loea George Lanakilakeikiahiali‘i Na‘ope. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free. 
When: Wed., Feb. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium 

Centennial Series After Dark in the Park: Natural Resources of Kahuku. Park Botanist Sierra McDaniel and Wildlife Biologist Jon Faford discuss the natural treasures of the Kahuku Unit, former ranch lands acquired by the National Park Service in 2003, and the challenges of conserving the native species like nēnē, hāhā and Mauna Loa silverswords that cling to life here. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ Centennial After Dark in the Park series. Free. 
When: Tues., Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium 

Centennial Hike: Forested Pit Crater at Kahuku. Park Botanist Sierra McDaniel and Wildlife Biologist Jon Faford lead a moderate 2.4-mile roundtrip hike to a forested pit crater in the Kahuku Unit that naturally protects rare and endangered Hawaiian plant species like hāhā, koli‘i, ha‘iwale and ōpuhe. Large ‘ōhi‘a, hapu‘u pulu and ‘ama‘u ferns are easily observed in this crater, and other native plants like ‘ōlapa, pilo and the Hawaiian raspberry, ‘akala, grow along the trail. Sturdy footwear, water, light rain gear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended. About three hours.
When: Sat., Feb. 27, 10 a.m. 
Where: Meet at the Kahuku Unit visitor contact station. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. 

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 Find Your Park.  


Ancient kōnane board made of lava rock
An ancient kōnane board, made of lava rock, welcomes hikers along the Puna Coast Trail.

NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

Last updated: January 22, 2016

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