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– `ukulele with Wes Awana

(11am – 1pm)

Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug 3, Sept 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7

Volcano area musician Wes Awana shares his love of `ukulele and Hawaiian music by giving family-friendly lessons on the iconic and inviting `ukulele.


Week 2 – lei making with Randy Lee

(11am – 1pm)

Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 14, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14

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)

Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 17, Apr 20, May 18, June 15, July 13, Aug 17, Sept 14, Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21

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)

Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 23, Apr 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug 24, Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 23, Dec 28

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 – lauhala weaving with Jelena Clay

(11am – 1pm)

Mar 30, Jun 29, Aug 31, Nov 30


Hawai‘i Island artist Jelena Clay shares her aloha for Hawaiian culture and arts by demonstrating lauhala (Pandanus leaf) weaving techniques.


May Day is Lei Day

(11am to 1pm)

Tuesday, May 1

In Hawai`i, May Day is Lei Day.  A beloved island celebration, May Day honors the unique way that Hawai`i’s  multi-cultural traditions are woven  together to create a more interesting, more tolerant and more beautiful community. Join lei makers Randy Lee, Kaipo Ah Chong and Jelena Clay to learn tips to sewing the perfect lei and the proper protocol of giving and receiving a lei.  Musicians Wes Awana and Gary Dikito share their love of Hawaiian music and Noe Noe Kehaualua will dance hula.