Cultural Demonstrations

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Aloha Friday

Each Friday, on the front porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, visitors and kama‘aina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop presented by hospitable Hawai‘i Island practitioners.

Week 1– Slack Key guitar with Randy Lorenzo

(11am – 1pm)

February 1,  March 1, April 5, May 3, September 6, October 4, November 1


Week 2 – lei making with Randy Lee

(11am – 1pm)

January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13

Master lei maker, Randy Lee uses a variety of natural materials to fashion gorgeous lei from the freshest fern, leaves and flowers that he personally gathers from the rain forests of Pana`ewa. Enjoy the skill and wonderful stories that this well-respected practitioner has to offer.


Week 3 – hula and oli with Kaho‘okele Crabbe

(11am – 1pm)

January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20

Kumu hula of Hālau Ke Ola o Ka Lani, Moses Kaho‘okele Crabbe shares  his extensive knowledge to teach the basics of  hula, language and chant.


Week 4 – lei making with Kaipo Ah Chong

(11am – 1pm)

January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25, November 22, December 27

Tropical Agriculture farmer Kaipo Ah Chong will share his expert lei-making skills with VAC visitors. As a member of Halau Na Kamalei, his unique experience marries the science of agriculture with Hawaiian lei and hula traditions.


Week 5 – with Desiree Cruz

(11am – 1pm)

March 1, May 31, November 29



May Day is Lei Day

(11am to 1pm)

May Day Celebration: Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

May Day is Lei Day!  Come celebrate May Day at the Volcano Art Center Gallery porch on Wednesday, May 1st! Everyone is invited to join in the festivities from 11am – 1pm, featuring hands on lei making demonstrations,  live music and hula dancing.  May Day honors the unique way that Hawaiʻi’s multi-cultural traditions are woven  together to create a more interesting, more tolerant and more beautiful community.  With hundreds of fragrant blossoms and plant materials provided by the Volcano Art Center Gallery, learn tips to sewing the perfect lei, the proper protocol of giving and receiving a lei and more.  This free event at the VAC Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is supported in part by a grant from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.   National Park entrance fees apply.