Hula Arts

Volcano Art Center presents: 2017 Hula Arts at Kīlauea

Hula Kahiko

(10:30am – 11:30am)

Typically held on the 3rd (or sometimes 2nd) 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. This schedule is subject to change.  Please check with Desiree at (808) 987-7288 or email  to confirm dates.

Jan 21 – Nā Kumu hula Pelehonuamea and Kekoa Harman with Hālau i Ka Leo Ola o Na Mamo

Feb 11 – Kumu hula Manaiakalani Kalua with Akaunu

Mar 18 – Kumu hula Pele Kaio / UNUKUPUKUPU, presenting students of Unulau and Papa Hu’elepo

Apr 15 – Kumu hula Stephanie Apolo with Hālau Hula Kalaulani o Puʻuanahulu

May 20 – Kumu Keala Ching with Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola.

June 24 – Kumu hula Iwalani Kalima with Hālau Kou Lima Nani E

July 15 – Kumu hula Kaho`okele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani

Aug 19 – Nā Kumu hula Liana Aveiro & Keikilani Curnan with Hālau Waiau

Sept 16 -Kumu hula Paul Neves with Hālau Haʻa Kea o Kinohi

Oct 21 – Kumu hula Micah Kamohoali`i with Hālau Na Kipu`upu`u

Nov 18 – Kumu Haʻamauliola Aiona with Ke Kula o Nawahiokalaniʻopuʻu PCS

Dec 16 – Kumu hula Sammye Ku`ualoha Young with Hālau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Kuʻualoha




Nā Mea Hula – Arts and Traditions of Hula


Nā Mea Hula with Loke Kamanu and ʻohana



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


Jan 21, Feb 11, March 18

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 Kumu Kaho`okele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani




Aloha Friday

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

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

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

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 AhChong

(11am – 1pm)

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

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.


Week 5 – hula arts with Noe Noe Kekaualua

(11am – 1pm)

Mar 31, Jun 30, Sept 29, Dec 29


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.


May Day is Lei Day

(10:30am – 1:30pm)

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 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 and individual funding from members of the Volcano Art Center’s ʻohana.  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 as soon as possible but no later than 14 days before the scheduled event.