Friday, May 18, 2012

Mauna Kea Visitor Center - Hawaiian Cultural Night

Hawaiian Cultural Nights on Maunakea

90 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast: 

Onizuka Center for International Astronomy
Mauna Kea Visitor’s Information Station
Phone: (808) 961-2180 Fax: (808) 969-4892
Malalo o Ka Po Lani
Hawaiian Culture night on Maunakea

Saturday, May 19,  6:00 pm
The Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station’s free monthly program, “Malalo o ka Po Lani,” will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station’s presentation room, beginning at 6:00pm. The presentation will take place for approximately one hour, with our stargazing program following shortly thereafter. 

This Saturday, we will be presenting “I’ll Weave a lei of Stars for You” at Culture Night on Maunakea. It should be a fun evening, with stories, chants, songs, and a short tour of the Hawaiian constellations after the presentation.

The language of the lei is as rich and complex as that of any other specialized field of endeavor, and as steeped in heritage. This Saturday, at the Ellison Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Malalo o ka Po Lani program, cultural practitioner Manu Josiah and I will host a presentation on the language and culture of this iconic emblem of Hawai`i. The one-hour program begins at 6:00 pm in the facility’s lecture hall.

Come up for Malalo o ka Po Lani, Hawaiian Culture Night on Maunakea, for an evening of Hawaiian music, chants, stories, and science as we learn how the traditional Hawaiian relationship with the sky guided the relationships with the land and sea. After the program, join the star party on the Onizuka Center lanai!

To help people better prepare for Culture Night, you can read some articles by Leilehua Yuen, the Mauna Kea Culture Nights Coordinator, with additional background information:

Each month, different Cultural Practitioners share perspectives on aspects of Hawaiian culture, history, and or arts relating to the natural history of Maunakea. The “Malalo o ka Po Lani” cultural program is held on the third Saturday of every month in the Ellison Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station’s presentation room at the 9,300 ft elevation on Mauna Kea.  For more information on programs at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station please visit our web site: or call us at (808) 961-2180.

Seating for this free program is on a first-come, first serve basis.

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