Volcano Art Center presents: 2015 Hula Arts at Kīlauea
(10:30am – 11:30am)
Typically held on the 3rd (or sometimes 4th) Saturday of each month, hula hālau from across Hawaiʻi have been invited to perform in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. This special site was realized through the vision of (the late) hula master Edith Kanaka`ole, kumu hula of Hālau o Kekuhi. The kahua hula is located just a short walking distance from the Volcano Art Center Gallery in an area known as Ka`auea. This sacred spot affords the kumu (master) and haumana (student) a pristine view into Halema`uma`u, the home of volcanic deity Pelehonuamea.
Jan 17 – Na kumu hula Pelehonuamea & Kekoa Harman
with Hālau I Ka Leo Ola o Na Mamo
Feb 28 – Kumu hula Manaiakalani Kalua with Akaunu
Mar 28 – Kumu hula Micah Kamohoali`i with Hālau Na Kipu`upu`u
Apr 25 – Kumu Ha’amauliola Aiona & Kumu Kawelo Kong Kee
with Ke Kula o Nawahiokalani`opu’u
May 16 – to be confirmed
June 20 – Kumu hula Iwalani Kalima with Hālau Kou Lima Nani E
July 25 – Kumu hula Bobo Palacat with Hula Hālau Na Pua Ha`aheo `o Kona
Aug 15 – Kumu hula Ab Valencia with Hālau Hula Kalehuaki`eki`eika’iu
Sept 19 – Kumu Nani Lim Yap with Hula Hālau Na Lei o Kaholoku
Oct 17 – Kumu Ioane, Kumu Haumea & Kumu Tangaro
with Ka `Umeke Ka’eo Public Charter School
Nov 21 – Kumu Aloha Victor with Hālau Kala’akeakauikawekiu
Dec 19 – Kumu hula Keala Ching with Na Wai Iwi Ola
This performance is presented authentically in a natural setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. This free event is supported in part by a grant from the Hawai`i Tourism Authority and the County of Hawai`i, Dept. of Research and Development. However, National Park fees apply. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Desiree at (808) 987-7288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible but no later than 14 days before the scheduled event.
Nā Mea Hula – Arts and Traditions of Hula
Nā Mea Hula with Loke Kamanu and ʻohana
Jan 17, Mar 28, Apr 25, May 16, July 25, Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21
Held once a month in conjunction with the Hula Kahiko performance at the kahua hula, the public is invited to join Native Hawaiian cultural specialist Loke Kamanu and her `ohana as they set up shop on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery. Presenting a lovely display of “Na Mea Hula” (all things hula), Loke will share a variety of instruments, implements and lei styles that play an integral role in the life of the hula practitioner. This memorable demonstration is hands-on and family friendly.
Nā Mea Hula with Kumu Ab Valencia and Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu
Feb 28, June 20, Aug 15
Held in conjunction with hula kahiko performances at the pā hula at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, please join Kumu Hula Ab Valencia and members of Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery as they share with you “Nā Mea Hula” (all things hula). Come and learn a hula, use various hula implements and try your hand at lei making. Experience the different aspects that play an integral role in the life of the hula dancer. This cultural demonstration is hands-on and family friendly.
Nā Mea Hula with Haʻamauliola Aiona
Held in conjunction with hula kahiko performances at the pā hula at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, please join hula practitioner Ha`amauliola Aiona (Halau `o ka ua kani lehua member and Ke Kula Nawahiokalaniopu`u faculty) on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery as she shares with you “Nā Mea Hula” (all things hula). This cultural demonstration is hands-on and family friendly.
Each Friday, on the front porch of the Volcano Art Center Gallery, 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 2, Feb 6, Mar 6, April 3, June 5, July 3, Aug 7, Sept 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4
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 9, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug 14, Sept 11, Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11
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 arts with Noe Noe Kekaualua
(11am – 1pm)
Jan 16, February 20, April 17, May 15, July 17, Aug. 21, Oct. 16, Nov.20,
Dancing since the age of 3, Hula practitioner Noe Noe Kekaualua will share various aspects of traditional hula arts – lei making, pa’u styles, fabric stamping and more.
Week 3 or 5 – `ie lau niu with Cathy and Tyson Black
(11am – 1pm)
Jan 30, Mar 20, May 29, June 19, July 31 Sept. 18, Oct.30, Dec 18
Long-time Puna residents, Tyson and Cathy Black, demonstrate the ease of coconut leaf weaving. They fashion useful baskets and other items that highlight the resourceful nature of Hawai`i’s people.
Week 4 – lei making with Kaipo AhChong
(11am – 1pm)
Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, Aug 28, Sept 25, Oct 23, Nov 27,
Tropical Agriculture farmer Kaipo AhChong 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.
May Day is Lei Day
(10:30am – 1:30pm)
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 Volcano area musician Wes Awana and learn local favorites and popular hapa-haole tunes on the `ukulele. 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.
These free events are supported in part by a grant from the County of Hawai`i, Dept. of Research and Development and the Hawai`i Tourism Authority. However, National Park fees apply. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Desiree at (808) 987-7288 or email email@example.com as soon as possible but no later than 14 days before the scheduled event.