Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - April Programs


Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs - April 2012


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Hawaii National Park, HI – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout April, including extra events during Merrie Monarch week. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

When: Tues., Apr. 10, 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Eruption Cycles at Kīlauea. Don Swanson, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will explain how Kīlauea’s eruptive cycles were recently recognized, what they mean in terms of how the volcano works, and what are the hazards implied by long explosive periods. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.


When: Wed., Apr. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Kalo and Lā‘au Lapa‘au. Sam and Edna Baldado share the many cultural uses of the kalo, or taro, plant. Learn about the hundreds of varieties of kalo in Hawai‘i and how each plant is identified. Ka‘ohu Monfort also shares her knowledge of lā‘au lapa‘au, and how Hawaiian medicinal plants can help heal and nourish. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.


When: Wed., Apr. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Musical Performance by Rupert Tripp, Jr. Singer/songwriter Rupert Tripp, Jr. brings his love of music and decades of experience as a performer to the park. Rupert has played with many of Hawai‘i’s top recording artists (the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau, Roland Cazimero, Kapena to name a few) and is an accomplished soloist. He also plays acoustic guitar with the trio, Kohala. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.


When: Wed., Apr. 11 and Thurs., Apr. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
‘Ohe Hano Ihu (Bamboo Nose Flute) Workshop. Park Ranger Adrian Boone and National Park Service volunteer Ed Shiinoki will demonstrate and make traditional three-holed bamboo nose flutes for visitors. The ‘ohe hano ihu is played by blowing air into a hole with one nostril and holding the other nostril closed. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.


When: Thurs., Apr. 12 and Fri., Apr. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Makuakāne ‘Ohana Arts & Music. Celebrate Merrie Monarch with the Makuakāne ohana as they share the arts and music of Hawaiian culture. Mother Violet May and daughter Helene will teach the art of making a feather kahili, a symbol of royalty. Brother Kenneth, a singer, songwriter and producer, will play original songs from his albums, The Dash and Makuakāne as well as from his other award-winning compositions. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Thurs., Apr. 12 and Fri., Apr. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Nā Lei with Patricia Kaula. Hawaiians use lei for blessing crops, adornment for hula dancers, in healing and sacred rituals, and to show royal status or rank. Lei are also given to honor guests or as peace offerings, to celebrate a birth, and as expressions of love and expression. Join master lei artist Patricia Kaula as she shares nā lei, the art of traditional and modern lei making. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wed., Apr. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Pomai in Concert. Contemporary Nā Hoku Hanohano award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist Pomai Longakit shares her original songs and her latest hit, “Another Rainbow,” at Hawai‘i Volcanoes. Pomai is one half of the brother and sister duo, Pomai and Loeka, known worldwide for their song, “Come ‘A‘ama Crab,” and she hosts a popular radio show on Hawai‘i Island’s KWXX every Saturday and Sunday morning. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.

When: Tues., Apr. 24, 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Endemic Hawaiian Flowers: A Celebration of World Heritage. In 1987, Hawai‘i Volcanoes was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site due in part to the high number of endemic species it protects. This year the park celebrates 25 years of World Heritage by offering a series of special programs about the natural and cultural resources in the park. U.S. Geological Survey botanist and author Linda Pratt presents the story of Hawai‘i’s amazing and beautiful native flowering plants. Isolated by thousands of miles of ocean and cut off from the rest of the world for thousands of years, Hawai‘i boasts one of the highest rates of endemic species.

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