36th Annual Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival & BioBlitz

Cultural Festival

This year's festival honors the park's centennial anniversary. Themed E Ho'omau (to perpetuate;to continue in a way that causes good to be long-lasting), the 36th annual cultural festival invites people of all ages to engage in authentic Hawaiian cultural practices and learn how native Hawaiians lived closely to the land as its stewards. Enjoy hula and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their art, and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts. This year's festival will again include a "BioBlitz," a fun and hands-on opportunity to observe and document the biodiversity that thrives in the lava flows and native rainforests of Kīlauea Volcano, led by individuals and organizations at the forefront of conservation, science and traditional Hawaiian culture. Visitors can learn about the importance of conservation and biodiversity through interactive exhibits at the festival, and by discovering the plants, animals and insects in the park alongside scientists and alaka‘i (cultural experts) during a variety of field inventories.

Sign up for the free field inventories, held at various times between 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., through the Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park website, http://www.fhvnp.org/bioblitz.


When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Where: On the festival grounds near the Kīlauea Visitor Center and pā hula
Time: BioBlitz is 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
E Ho‘omau Cultural Festival is 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: FREE! Entrance fees are waived for the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary. Please note this is a family-friendly event: no coolers, pets or alcohol, please.

Two youngsters study insects at BioBlitz 2015
Two younsters use an aspirator to capture and study insects near Mauna Ulu at the 2015 National Geographic BioBlitz in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Photo/Andrew Richard Hara National Geographic Your Shot

Last updated: April 20, 2017

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