Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hawaii Volcanoes Park - Chain of Crater Road Construction and Closure



“End of the Road” will close during emergency route construction


This road will connect the end of Hwy 130 to the end of Chain of Crater Road in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast will then be only about 15 minutes from this world renowned park.


Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Work begins Friday, October 24 on an emergency access route between Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Kalapana along the historic Chain of Craters Road-Kalapana alignment, from the park side.
The half-mile section of paved road that pedestrians use to access the lava that covered it in 2003 will be closed as of Friday. The popular “Road Closed” sign enrobed in lava will be removed to become part of park history. Other closures include the historic flows and coastal area alongside the construction.

Hōlei Sea Arch, the turnaround, bathrooms, and concession stand near the turnaround will remain open.

Motorists can expect traffic delays early Thursday and Friday mornings as large bulldozers and heavy equipment are transported from the summit of Kīlauea down the 19-mile stretch of Chain of Craters Road to the turnaround.

“We intend to reopen the closed area as soon as it is safe to do so and the bulldozers move closer to Kalapana,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “But now is the time to take those last photos of the iconic ‘Road Closed’ sign before it is removed on Friday,” she said.

Last week, bulldozers from the Kalapana side graded the 2.2-mile portion of Highway 130 covered in lava to where it meets the park boundary and becomes Chain of Craters Road. This week, crews start to grade the 5.4 miles through the park to the Kalapana boundary. The work is being done by the County of Hawai‘i, and overseen by the National Park Service and Federal Highways Administration.

Opened in 1965, Chain of Craters Road has been covered and blocked by lava for 37 years of its 49-year existence.

The emergency route is being built to assist residents of lower Puna, whose access to the rest of the island would be cut off if lava from Kīlauea Volcano’s June 27 flow reaches the ocean.                                                                  

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park News Release
Release Date:  October 21, 2014
Contact: Jessica Ferracane/ Public Affairs Specialist, (808) 985-6018; jessica_ferracane@nps.gov

NPS Photos:

  • A bulldozer approaches the boundary at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park last week from the Kalapana side. NPS Photo/David Boyle 
  • The iconic "Road Closed" sign. NPS Photo/Michael Szoenyi 






Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Big Island - Kalapana - Uncle Robert's Farmers Market


Uncle Robert's Farmers Market


 A Taste of Old Hawai‘i

by Denise Laitinen
published in Ke Ola Magazine issue Sep-Oct 2012


Judging from the size of the crowd, Uncle Robert’s Farmers Market is the worst kept secret in lower Puna. Held every Wednesday night from 5-9 p.m. at Uncle Robert’s in Kaimū, Kalapana, it’s the only nighttime farmers market on the island. It’s also one of the busiest. With vendors offering locally grown produce, baked goods, hand made jewelry, freshly cooked food, and live music, it feels more like a festival than a market.

“I don’t call it a farmers market, I call it a social market,” says Ikaika Marzo, one of Uncle Robert’s hānai grandchildren, as he looks across the crowd. Long, communal picnic tables in the dining pavilion are filled with people listening to the Kalapana Awa band perform and enjoying food from one of the many vendors at the market. A little girl is on the dance floor trying to dance hula to the music.

Beyond the picnic tables, throngs of people can be seen strolling the aisles of the farmers market, admiring the produce and wares available. “It’s a family place,” says Sam Keli‘iho‘omalu, one of Uncle Robert’s 11 children. “It’s a fun place.” It’s reminiscent of old Hawai‘i, and that’s the way we like to keep it,” says Prince Keli‘iho‘omlau, another one of Uncle Robert’s sons. “It’s very local, very relaxed.”

Situated on Uncle Robert’s four-acre family compound at the end of Kapoho-Kalapana Road in Kaimū, the site was already home to Uncle Robert’s Awa Bar and the starting point for Kalapana Cultural Tours (operated by Marzo and Andrew Keli‘iho‘omalu, one of Uncle Robert’s grandsons)
when Uncle Robert’s son Sam decided to establish the market. The market is truly a family affair and many of Uncle Robert’s extended family can be found working either behind a booth counter, directing traffic and parking, or up on stage performing. “The majority of people that come down here have jobs, so we decided to have the market at night,” adds Marzo.

Upon opening at the start of this year, the market was an instant success. Within six months there was a waiting list of vendors wanting to participate. Some of the vendors, like Tina Aiona, are related to Uncle Robert (she is his niece), while many others are area residents looking to supplement their
income, or just make an income.

Vendor Dave Cardall says he’s a house painter by profession but work has been hard to come by with the recession, so he started a second career creating custom jewelry. The market gives him an opportunity to showcase his wares. “I’m reinventing myself,” he says with a smile.

“We’re pretty much making our own economy down here,” says Marzo. The market is about more than food and music. It also features a permanent display depicting information on the history of the area with pictures from the 1990 lava flow. There’s also extensive information displayed about the
Hawaiian sovereignty movement, something dear to Uncle Robert Keli‘iho‘omalu’s heart and soul.
“Everything about Uncle Robert is about sovereignty,” says Garry Hoffeld, the island-wide organizer for Moku o Keawe Reinstated Lawful Hawaiian Government. For visitors and recently arrived residents, the displays are their first, and sometimes only, exposure to these historical and political issues.

The market is also reflective of Uncle Robert’s strong spirit of aloha, attracting residents and visitors alike. “You see a lot of local people and a lot of visitors,” says Lisa Bowring of Aloha Exotics, who sells chocolate-covered chili peppers and strawberries. “It’s a very festive atmosphere.” “It’s a mini ho’olaule‘a (festival) every Wednesday,” says Kea‘au resident Tracey Kauahi.




Contact writer Denise Laitinen: wahineokekai@yahoo.com

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hawaii Lava Flows - Kalapana Remembered



Kalapana Remembered


Timely - as the June 27 flow continues to move toward Pahoa! Stay at Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast and experience old and new flows in the Puna Area. Visit the little town of Pahoa!

Reminiscing with Mayor Billy Kenoi about his childhood home before Pele reclaimed it.

by Denise Laitinen
published in Ke Ola Magazine Mar-Apr 2014 issue.


Kalapana. Synonymous with the destructive power of Madame Pele. Little signs remain of the community that was destroyed by lava flows from Kupa'ianaha vent between 1986 and 1990.

Those borne in the remote fishing village of Kalapana are proud to call the place home. They remember well a tight-knit community surrounded by beautiful Kaimu black sand beach and Queen's Bath.

Just ask Billy Punapaiaalaikahala Kenoi. The two-term Mayor of Hawai'i County has fond memories of the place he grew up and the way things used to be before the town was overrun by lava in 1990.

"It' one of those places where when you're a small kid, you think you're poor, but when you're an adult and you look back, you realize you were one of the luckiest kids in the whole world."

Billy was born right across from Kaimu in November 1968. His mother had moved to Hawai'i with Billy's oldest brother and two sisters after the death of her first husband. She subsequently met and married Billy's father, giving birth to Billy and three more daughters.

"Then we wound up hanai'ing (Hawaiian form of adoption) my oldest brother's friend. So there were eight [kids] in our house."

Life was simple for the large family, lacking electricity and other modern conveniences some take for granted today.

"We had kerosene lamps," says Billy. He continues, "There was no running water so we had outhouses. We took a shower at either Harry K. Brown Park or would bathe at the Queen's Bath."

A collapsed lava tube filled with freshwater from nearby natural springs, the Queen's Bath was used only by ali'i (royalty) to bathe in and relax in ancient times.

"When we were young, that was a community bathing place. All the families would gather in the evening and sit and talk story. The Keli'iho'omalus, the Ka'awaloas, Hauanios. The families would take turns walking down, bathing as a family and walking back up. A lot of families were 'ohana."

Indeed, Billy is related to another well-known Kalapana family, the Keli'iho'omalus. (See Sep-Oct 2012 issue of Ke Ola for "Talking Story with Uncle Robert").

"My Dad and Uncle Robert Keli'iho'omalu are first cousins," explains billy.

"The best part of growing up was it was all about family. Everybody was a cousin. Every adult was an aunty or an uncle. Had a lot of love a lot of respect. Not plenty money, but nobody cared about that. Always seemed like we had food on the table."

Billy may not have minded the lack of material wealth when he was younger, however there was one thing that he was ashamed of: his middle name. Billy's middle name is Punapaialaikahala, which translates to "the fragrance of the hala that was associated with Kalapana."

He explains, "In Kalapana the lauhala mats were unlike anywhere else. They would go up along the walls. It was very unique. In most places the lauhala mats would extend to the wall itself, but in Kalalpana the mats would go up the walls about 6-9 inches. In the space in between the lauhala mats and the wall people would sprinkle the fruit of the hala tree. So people would walk into a house in Kalapana and it would have a certain fragrance. And that fragrance is Punapaiaalaikahala.

"But that's not the kind of stuff that's cool when you're growing up," he says with a laugh. "you'd rather have a middle name like Ikalani 'the warrior from the heavens.' You don't want to smell like a tree."

billy points out that he is now proud of his middle name and has given each of his three children middle names that reflect Kalapana. Son Justin's middle name is Kalapana, Liam's middle name is Pilipo, and his daughter's middle name is Mahinalani, which refers to the full moon that rises over the ocean in Kalapana.

Billy's family moved to the Waiakea area of Hilo when he was in kindergarten and the family frequently visited their Kalapana home. They would use it as a beach house, spending weekends and holidays in Kalapana.

After graduating from Waiakea High in 1986, Billy returned to Kalapana where he worked building stone walls and started his own landscaping company.

"We never had a bus system, but if any aunty or uncle passed by (in their car) they would pick you up," says Billy.

In 1986 Madame Pele started reclaiming Kalapana. Kilauea Volcano had begun erupting in 1983. In July 1986, lava erupted from the Kupa'ianaha vent and began its slow voyage to the sea. By November of that year, the lava had reached the ocean and 17 homes had been destroyed, including eight homes of Kapa'ahu (a town west of Kalapana) overrun by lava over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The worst seemed to be over. It wasn't. In 1990, eruptions from the vent continued with sporadic pauses. After each pause, lava would overrun the previously created lava tube and form new tubes, pushing the lava further downhill toward the oceanside community.

"You know, it was going since 1983. By l990, I kept thinking Madame Pele was not gonna take Kaimu, not gonna take the bay, not gonna take Left Point," said billy.

By the end of February 1990 lava had entered the ocean just west of Kalapana. That didn't stop Billy and his friends from surfing, though. "We'd walk around the road blocks, shaka Harry Kim, and go surf. The respected that it was our home. (At the time Harry Kim was head of Hawai'i County Civil Defense. He would go on to serve as Hawai'i County Mayor from 2000-2008 and asked Billy to serve as his executive assistant from 2001-2007. Kanoi succeeded Kim as Mayor in 2008).

As spring turned into summer in 1990, the lava continued its relentless onslaught into the Kalapana community.

"I didn't think [the lava] was going to take Walter's [Kalapana Store and Drive Inn] even when the [Star of the Sea Painted] Church had to move. Never thought the church was gonna have to move.

"You know that was a devastating day. That was a very divisive issue in the community - on whether or not to actually move the church. Half the community said 'leave 'um' and half the community  said 'move 'um'. That was a difficult decision," Billy says.

With massive community effort, the church was loaded onto a flatbed tractor-trailer and moved out of harm's way just an hour before lava overran where it stood. Now decommissioned and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Star of the Sea Painted Church can be found on Highway 130 between mile marker 19 and 20. It's open to the public seven days a week free of charge between 9am-4pm.

And while his beloved community was going through tremendous upheaval and devastation, Billy's life was also about to change. After taking classes at Hawaii Community College and HU Hilo, he had been accepted into the National Student Exchange Program to attend University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Billy kept surfing in Kalapana up until the day he left for the mainland. "I was in the water paddling toward Drain Pipes. The lava was in the bay and was hitting Drain Pipes already - you could smell the sulfur. I surfed Kalapana to the very last day I left in August 1990. When I left in August 1990 to go to UMass, Kaimu was still thee. In October 1990, I got the phone call - Kaimu, gone. Left Point, gone."

By the end of 1990, Madame Pele's onslaught into the community had claimed more than 1`80 homes, parks, businesses, roads, historical sites, and beaches, burying them all under nearly 50 feet of lava.

Billy said pain from the destruction of his birthplace was so intense it took him years before he could bring himself to go back to the community. "It took me three years to go down and look at it. If I had a function to go to in Kalapana at Uncle Robert's house, I would go at night, so I didn't have to see te lava.

"Finally after three years I went back. It was devastating. It let you know that nothing is permanent. I never took a picture of myself at Kaimu because I thought Kaimu would always be there. I think back now and think I should have taken pictures. "Now, from where you used to put your foot in the water you have to walk 20 minutes to get to the ocean." And yet, when Billy speaks of Kalapana, it is not of regret for what was lost, it is of gratitude. "For all the tragedy of the taking of the area, I still to this day think how blessed we were to grow up in Kalapana. My sister and I look back and we laugh. Looking back [we had] no stuff that other kids had, but now we look back and think if we had to do it all over again we'd do exactly the way it was growing up."

For billy, Kalapana is a place of solace, not destruction. "It's my home, where I was born and raised. And will finally rest. I feel at peace when I go down there. It's where my parents rest. It's where my children are named after. "I'm very humbled and appreciative to know the families that call Kalapana home. They're all very honorable, humble people. I feel privileged to be related to such talented Hawaiian families. Every family that calls Kalapana home is a special family."

Kalapana means to Billy, "The laughter, the love, the family, the music, the ocean. The smell of Kalapana, just driving down the hill. It's still the most special healing place in the whole world."

billy also credits his hometown with helping him achieve his goals. While attending UMass, he was selected to intern with the late Senator Daniel Inouye. He went on to receive a law degree from UH William S. Richardson School of Law where he was the class commencement speaker. And in 2008, at age 39, he was the youngest elected Mayor in Hawai'i County history.

"When you're from Kalapana and you don't know nothing, you're fearless," says Billy. "What happens if you don't make it" Nothing. Then I get to go home and surf in the most beautiful place in the world."

For more info and public domain pictures of Kalapana: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/kilauea/history/1990Kalapana/

Contact writer Denise Laitinen: wahineokekai@yahoo.com

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hawaii Bed and Breakfast - Lava Flow Up-Dates and Certificate of Excellence


Lava Flow Up-Dates and Certificate of Excellence





Aloha Friends,
Many of you may have heard the news: Madame Pele is on the move again! The latest lava flow from Kilauea is heading toward our little town of Pahoa! The community is preparing for the impact of the lava and County, State and Federal partners are working on providing necessary access, in the event that Highway 130  - going passed Pahoa - will be cut off by the flow.

Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast is about 7 miles from where the flow is expected to come through. We will be open and will continue to welcome visitors from around the world. The area here is safe and no impact from the lava is to be expected. We are also at a location, where possible smoke or emissions will not affect us, because of the prevailing trade winds usually blowing from the south-east. Should the lava cross Hwy. 130 access to the B&B may change. If or when this happens I will let you know.

Currently, the flow can only be seen from the air. There is no public access to an official viewing area at this time. This may change as conditions become clearer. Please, let me know, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the lava situation.

This year Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast was once again awarded the Certificate of Excellence for 2014 by Tripadvisor and it is one of the leading B&Bs for the Pahoa area. Thank you very much, for the great feedback on Tripadvisor and Google that many of you have given us. It is such a helpful resource for many travelers and we truly appreciate your time and effort in sharing your experiences.

For those of you, who have not been here: Hale Moana Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located between the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo, in the tropical area of Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hale Moana is a licensed, quality inspected Hawaii B&B surrounded by two acres of beautiful botanical gardens in an ambiance of old Hawaii.

Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast now offers three suites with living room and kitchenette and one studio. All have private bathrooms and separate entrances. Your comfort and enjoyment during your stay is of utmost importance to us. I strive to make your family vacation or romantic getaway as memorable and relaxing as possible. The details and the privacy of our suites reflect the sense of caring and Aloha that we extend to our guests. We welcome families with children and are fully set up to accommodate them. Free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a BBQ grill, snorkels & masks, maps, and a shelf full of local resource information is available to our guests.

I wish you and your families a wonderful Fall Season. I look forward to hearing from you and it would be wonderful to welcome you here at beautiful Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast,

Many Mahalos, blessings and my warmest Alohas,
Petra Wiesenbauer

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Merrie Monarch Hula Festival 2014


Merrie Monarch 2014 - 
The World's largest Hula Festival in Hilo



30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast in Hilo the famous annual Merrie Monarch Hula Competition will take place from April 20 - April 27. This year will be the festival's 51th Anniversary. Many dignitaries of the Hula world will attend and many special events will take place commemorating this long history of Hawaiian culture.

It is a magical time, when all of Hilo town is in a festive ambiance celebrating the art of Hula and the Hawaiian Culture. It is a community event with everybody involved from the Keiki (children) to the Kupuna (Elders): Hula performances in parks, public places and all around town, fabulous arts and crafts shows, the smell of fresh flowers everywhere, beautiful leis, everybody out in their finest Aloha wear, cheerful and happy. It is one of the most wonderful times here on the East side of the Island and as a visitor this magic is contagious and carries over to all open to be taken in by it. What makes this event so special is the fact, that it is not put on as a festival for visitors. It is genuine and authentic. It is the perfect time to experience Hawaii, its cultural richness and overabundant beauty. It's also a time to closely experience some of Hawaii's most famous performers, entertainers and musicians: Keali'i Reichel, Robert Kazimero, members of the Beamer family, Sonny Ching, Kekuhi Kanahele & the Kanakaole Ohana, and many other kumu hula and their halau from around the world.

The event starts on Wednesday night (April 23) with the Ho'ike Performance, a free exhibition night of hula, international performers and music. Thursday night (April 24) features the Miss Aloha Hula competition of individual women for the title of Miss Aloha Hula. Contestants perform hula kahiko (ancient hula), hula 'auana (modern hula) and oli (chanting). On Friday night (April 25) groups of women and men perform Hula Kahiko. Saturday (April 26) night, the final evening, presents women and men groups dancing the modern style hula ('auana). At the end of this evening the overall winners of both group hula nights are celebrated.

The week-long event finds its finale in the Saturday parade (April 26th) through downtown Hilo as one of the festival's most entertaining and fun parts for the whole family.

Tickets are mostly pre-sold, but may still be available at the door of the Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium on the evenings of the competition events. More information is also available on the official Merrie Monarch website www.merriemonarch.com.

Activities are available all over Hilo and in the area. Here are some links:

Basically Books in Hilo:
'Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

Merrie Monarch Hula Festival 2014


Merrie Monarch 2014 - 
The World's largest Hula Festival in Hilo



30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast in Hilo the famous annual Merrie Monarch Hula Competition will take place from April 20 - April 27. This year will be the festival's 51th Anniversary. Many dignitaries of the Hula world will attend and many special events will take place commemorating this long history of Hawaiian culture.

It is a magical time, when all of Hilo town is in a festive ambiance celebrating the art of Hula and the Hawaiian Culture. It is a community event with everybody involved from the Keiki (children) to the Kupuna (Elders): Hula performances in parks, public places and all around town, fabulous arts and crafts shows, the smell of fresh flowers everywhere, beautiful leis, everybody out in their finest Aloha wear, cheerful and happy. It is one of the most wonderful times here on the East side of the Island and as a visitor this magic is contagious and carries over to all open to be taken in by it. What makes this event so special is the fact, that it is not put on as a festival for visitors. It is genuine and authentic. It is the perfect time to experience Hawaii, its cultural richness and overabundant beauty. It's also a time to closely experience some of Hawaii's most famous performers, entertainers and musicians: Keali'i Reichel, Robert Kazimero, members of the Beamer family, Sonny Ching, Kekuhi Kanahele & the Kanakaole Ohana, and many other kumu hula and their halau from around the world.

The event starts on Wednesday night (April 23) with the Ho'ike Performance, a free exhibition night of hula, international performers and music. Thursday night (April 24) features the Miss Aloha Hula competition of individual women for the title of Miss Aloha Hula. Contestants perform hula kahiko (ancient hula), hula 'auana (modern hula) and oli (chanting). On Friday night (April 25) groups of women and men perform Hula Kahiko. Saturday (April 26) night, the final evening, presents women and men groups dancing the modern style hula ('auana). At the end of this evening the overall winners of both group hula nights are celebrated.

The week-long event finds its finale in the Saturday parade (April 26th) through downtown Hilo as one of the festival's most entertaining and fun parts for the whole family.

Tickets are mostly pre-sold, but may still be available at the door of the Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium on the evenings of the competition events. More information is also available on the official Merrie Monarch website www.merriemonarch.com.

Activities are available all over Hilo and in the area. Here are some links:

Basically Books in Hilo:
'Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Merrie Monarch 2014 Activities - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park




Merrie Monarch 2014 Activities - 
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Go Wild for Culture during National Park Week 
at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park


Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, will celebrate National Park Week April 19-27 with a free-admission weekend and special events nationwide.

The theme for this year’s National Park Week invites visitors to Go Wild! for history, nature, culture, wildlife, and fun in America’s national parks. At Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the timing is perfect for visitors to “Go Wild for Culture” while celebrating Hilo’s 51st annual Merrie Monarch Festival, the most revered hula competition in the world.  

Admission to all fee-charging national parks is free from Saturday, April 19 through Sunday, April 20 to kick off National Park Week. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will offer 12 Hawaiian cultural events planned April 23-25; these events are free but admission fees apply. All programs are part the park’s ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” cultural workshops, and are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association:

Wednesday, April 23

Kalo Demonstration. Join Edna and Sam Baldado as they share the cultural uses of kalo, or taro plant. See how each plant is identified by its leaf, steam, corm, color, and shape. Discover the hundreds of varieties of kalo in Hawaii, and how kalo was used for food, medicine, glue, dyes, and much more.
When: Wed., April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Feather Kāhili Workshop. Helene Hayselden will demonstrate the art of making a feather kāhili, a symbol of royalty. Watch or join in and make your kāhili to take home.
When: Wed., April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Music by Rupert Tripp, Jr. Enjoy the beautiful music and voice of singer, songwriter, and multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award nominee, Rupert Tripp, Jr.
When: Wed., April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Lā‘au Lapa‘au. Ka‘ohu Monfort shares her knowledge and love of the island’s native plants. Learn how her passion for plants and the Hawaiian culture are used to heal and nourish. See and touch a variety of medicinal plants, including kuku‘i, ‘ōlena, ha‘uowī, noni, kī, and guava.
When: Wed., April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Thursday, April 24

Feather Work. Watch Vi Makuakāne demonstrate the intricate art of feather work. Thousands of feathers are sorted, graded, trimmed, and sewn to a base. The result is a beautiful lei hulu, or feather lei.
When: Thurs., April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Kenneth Makuakāne. This multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer will play original songs from his solo albums and compositions.
When: Thurs., April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

‘Ohe Kapala. ‘Ohe kapala, or bamboo stamps, are used to create distinct designs for traditional Hawaiian kapa. Join Keiko Mercado as she demonstrates how ‘ohe (bamboo) are carved into beautiful designs and how they are used. There will be samples and a hands-on opportunity to learn this Hawaiian art form.
When: Thurs., April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Lei Making. Patricia Ka‘ula will demonstrate different styles of lei making: hilo, haku, hili and Ku‘i. Lei is used for everything from blessing crops, adornments for hula dancers, healing and sacred rituals, to show royal status or rank, honor guests, as peace offerings, to celebrating a birth.
When: Thurs., April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Robert Cazimero Book Signing. Robert Cazimero, a highly regarded and respected kumu hula, will sign the latest edition of Men of Hula, which will be available for sale. This 2011 edition by award-winning author Benton Sen chronicles how the hula teacher and Nā Hālau Kamalei shattered the stereotypical image of hula (girls in grass skirts and coconut bras) by revitalizing the masculine aspects of the ancient dance.
When: Thurs., April 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center

Friday, April 25

Kapa Demonstration. Kapa maker Ku‘uleimomi Makuakāne-Salāve‘a shares the art of kapa making. See how the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree is beaten into cloth.
When: Fri., April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Ulana Lauhala. Members of ‘Aha Pūhala o Puna perpetuate the ancient art of lauhala weaving. Observe this art form and learn to weave your own lauhala star from the leaves of the hala, or pandanus tree.
When: Fri., April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Music by Lito Arkangel. Listen to music by Lito Arkangel, one of Hawai‘i Island’s most popular entertainers, as he plays his original compositions and Hawaiian favorites.
When: Fri., April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

‘Ohe Hanu Iho Demo. Join National Park Service Master Volunteer Ed Shiinoki and Park Ranger Andrea Kaawaloa-Okita and create your own nose flute. Thin-walled Hawaiian bamboo was used to make a three-hole wind instrument called ‘ohe hano ihu or bamboo nose flute. Today, the supply of bamboo is very limited so Asian bamboo is used instead. Andrea and Ed will share the many uses of the bamboo, demonstrate how to make your own ‘ohe hano ihu, and teach you how to play it, too.
When: Fri., April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

In addition to the cultural programs at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park during National Park Week , there are Stewardship at the Summit volunteer opportunities, Kahuku hikes, and After Dark in the Park programs. Check the park website for a complete schedule.