Cultural Programming

Na Mea Hawai’i (All Things Hawaiian) Programs

Since 1980, Volcano Art Center (VAC) has continually sponsored a variety of
award-winning activities and workshops that expose participants to aspects of
the rich Hawaiian culture from both the Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village and
the VAC Gallery inside of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (HVNP) and have been
sponsored in part by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Hawaii
Department of Research and Development.

HULA KAHIKO

Hula halau from around the country come to HVNP to share this traditional form
of hula and chant while facing Halema’uma’u crater, the sacred home of the
volcano goddess Pele, in these free, interpreted outdoor performances. For
spectators, experiencing ancient style sounds, rhythms, and dance in the natural
setting of Kilauea volcano is authentic and quite extraordinary.

ALOHA FRIDAY CULTURAL DEMONSTRATIONS

Every Friday, on the porch of VAC’s Gallery in HVNP, Hawaiian practitioners share various
aspects of their culture both in conjunction with Hula Kahiko performances and
as stand-alone, weekly storytelling and hands-on activities that include making
lei, gourd instruments, and hula implements, as well as lauhala weaving, kapa
beating, and ukulele playing. Aloha Fridays, 11am-1pm.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

Through its Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village, VAC extends upon the
above-motioned cultural demonstrations by offering thorough instruction in all
things Hawaiian, including the Hawaiian language.