Hula Arts

Volcano Art Center presents: 2016 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 16 – Nā Kumu hula Pelehonuamea and Kekoa Harman with Hālau i Ka Leo Ola o Na Mamo

Feb 20 – Kumu hula Manaiakalani Kalua with Akaunu

Mar 19 – Kumu hula Pele Kaio / UNUKUPUKUPU, presenting students of Unulau and Papa Hu’elepo.

Apr 16 – Kumu hula Stephanie Apolo with Hālau Hula Kalaulani o Pu`uanahulu

May 14 – Hula practitioner Noe Noe Kekaualua and Ohana

June 18 – Kumu hula Iwalani Kalima with Hālau Kou Lima Nani E

July 16 – Kumu hula Kaho`okele Crabbe with Hālau Ola o Ka Lani

Aug 20 – Nā Kumu hula Keikilani Curnan & Liana Aveiro with Hālau Waiau

Sept 17 – Nā Kumu hula Chrissy Kama Henriques & Leilani Taka-Keana`aina with Halau E Hulali Mai I Ka La

Oct 15 – Kumu hula Micah Kamohoali`i with Hālau Na Kipu`upu`u

Nov 19 – Kumu Leilehua Yuen & Manu Josiah

Dec 17 – Kumu hula Sammye Ku`ualoha Young with Hālau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku`ualoha




Nā Mea Hula – Arts and Traditions of Hula


Nā Mea Hula with Loke Kamanu and ʻohana


Jan 16, May 14, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, Nov 19

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 20, Mar 19, Apr 16, Oct 15, Dec 17

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.



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

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

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

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

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)

Jan 29, April 29, July 29, Sept 30, Dec 30


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.