Calendar of Events

Feb
17
Sat
2024
Exhibit: Dietrich Varez Legacy: The Expanded Collection
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – May 26 @ 5:00 pm
The Volcano Art Center announces a very special exhibit opening on Saturday, February 17th honoring  the life, art and legacy of the artist and author Dietrich Varez.
The exhibition titled Dietrich Varez Legacy: The Expanded Collection features unpublished works of the artist which have recently been made available through the Varez Family Estate and a generous donation from the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit opens daily from 9am -5pm at VAC Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and will be on display through May 26th, 2024.
For more information please call (808) 967-7565 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.
Mar
9
Sat
2024
Hula Kahiko: Unulau, a hālau hula under the direction of Kumu Hula Pele Kaio
Mar 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Unulau, a hālau hula under the direction of Kumu Hula Pele Kaio

Saturday, March 9, 2024 | 10:30am

The Volcano Art Center’s Hula Kahiko program continues on Saturday, March 9th at 10:30am with a performance by Unulau, a hālau hula under the direction of Kumu Hula Pele Kaio. The performance is part of a year-round series sponsored by the Volcano Art Center at the kahua hula (hula platform) near the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

Unulau means “The multitudes of UNU”. UNU is a name that is shared by all hālau born from Unukupukupu. Unulau is anchored in the philosophy, teachings, and fire traditions of the hula ʻaihaʻa. Unulau continues to promote and perpetuate ʻike (knowledge) and education through hula – hula is the platform by which we engage, inspire, and inform our relationship to the environment and the spirit.

The performance takes place, rain or shine, in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats. National Park entrance fees apply. These free events are supported by Volcano Art Center’s members.

To donate to the Hula Arts at Kīlauea programs or to find out more information please contact Emily C. Weiss at info@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

These free events are supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai’i or grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jazz in the Forest: “Maiden Voyage”
Mar 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Jazz in the Forest:”Maiden Voyage”

Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 5:30pm

The Volcano Art Center’s Jazz in the Forest series continues on Saturday, March 9, at 5:30pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. The evening features  Jean Pierre Thoma and the Jazztones. 

We begin on March 9, on our “Maiden Voyage” concert which includes compositions from around the world of jazz. On this initial jazz adventure for our jazz music year, we will feature compositions which will take us through  the history of our special American and world music, such as “April in Paris”, and “Strasbourg St. Denis”, to more down home pieces such as “Watermelon Man” and “Speak No Evil”. The band will include Jean Pierre Thoma -JP – on flute, and saxophones,  Asha Azama on keyboards and vocals, Joey Carroll on acoustic and electric bass, and vocals, and the great percussionist Russell Lundgren.  Come and enjoy “A Lovely Day”  with us.

Our schedule at the Volcano Art Center for later this year will include special tributes to George Gershwin, a historic tour through the varied life of the guitar in America from rural blues to avant garde electronics, and visitation to the giants of our jazz musical history.  Plans include our regular seasonal concerts, with new twists and turns.  Don’t miss any of this exciting year of jazz.

Tickets are $25 for VAC members ($30 non-members)!
Ticket holders will be able to purchase pupu, beer and wine. Tickets are available for sale online at www.volcanoartcenter.org, or at VAC’s Administration Office in Volcano Village.Purchase-Tickets-btn

Mar
23
Sat
2024
Reiki 2 Certification with Heather Penfield
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Reiki 2 Certification at Volcano Art Center with Certified Teacher, Heather Penfield

In this Reiki 2 Certification Workshop you will:

  • Learn the Reiki symbols and how to integrate them into a treatment
  • Discover distance Reiki and the benefits of sending Reiki over distance and time 
  • Practice Reiki on yourself and others using new techniques
  • Find out how easy it is to use Reiki in every day life as a tool for balance and well being 
  • Feel empowered to care for yourself, family, pets and others 
  • Experience an initiation into Reiki 2 

Includes:

  • Reiki 2 Certification with signed certificate 
Prerequisite: Reiki 1 certification  
 
Reiki is a complimentary holistic healing technique used to relax and balance the nervous system, assisting the body’s natural ability to heal and restore itself on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.

 

 The class fee is $ 160/$155 for VAC members 

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Apr
2
Tue
2024
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Apr 2 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, April 2nd – May 7th

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/$110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Apr
7
Sun
2024
Dietrich Varez Panel Discussion and Film
Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dietrich Varez Panel Discussion and Film

The Varez Legacy program is an engaging, public program that will honor Varez’s life, art, and legacy through a free public exhibit, a talk-story event, a movie screening, and an online exhibition. The Programs share Dietrich’s deep connections to Hawaiʻi’s peoples, stories, and places which inspired him to create the art and writings he is well known for. A true artist for the people, Varez carved a deep understanding and appreciation of Hawaiian values and lifestyle that can be learned and perpetuated through his art. The Program begins with this free exhibition and also offers a free event on Sunday, April 7th which will provide insight into the life of the man behind the art.
Beginning at 2pm a film from VAC’s Archive Collection featuring Dietrich will be shared followed by a panel discussion of people who worked closely with Dietrich during his life. Volcano Art Center encourages all those who have been touched by his story as told through his prints, paintings, books and illustrations to attend the event which will be held in Dietrich Varez Hall at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Refreshments will be provided. Questions to be directed to Emily C. Weiss at (808) 967-8222 or via email at gallery@volcanoartcenter.org.
Apr
9
Tue
2024
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Apr 9 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, April 2nd – May 7th

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/$110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Apr
16
Tue
2024
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Apr 16 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, April 2nd – May 7th

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/$110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Apr
20
Sat
2024
Liko A’e Keiki Plus One
Apr 20 @ 8:40 am – 2:30 pm

Liko A’e Keiki + One

The Volcano Art Center is proud to offer the Liko A’e Keiki plus One workshop. The workshop will be held at VAC Niaulani Campus, Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 8:40 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. Open to keiki  8-13 years of age and one adult. The deadline to register is Friday, April 5, 2024.

This one-day workshop gives keiki and their parent, grandparent or any adult, a memorable opportunity to explore the arts together.
The classes will includes painting, zentangle, textile art treasure bags, and silk painting.

Cost: for one adult and one child $100/$92 for members of VAC. If you wish to enroll any additional adult or child, please call the office at (808) 967-8222. Additional keiki or adult $25/$20 (VAC member).

$25 discount for early registration. The deadline for early registration is Monday, March 25.

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Apr
23
Tue
2024
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Apr 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, April 2nd – May 7th

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/$110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Apr
27
Sat
2024
Cooking with Canoe Plants 2 Workshop with Heather
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Join Heather Penfield on Saturday, April, 27, 2024 , from 9am – 11am., for the Cooking with Canoe Plants Part 2 Workshop at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus.

 

 

 

 

 

In this workshop you will dive deeper into the uses of the first edible plants brought to Hawaii by Polynesians, and explore 5 or more different plants and how to prepare them. You will gain hands on experience making recipes from start to finish, including salad, main course and desert. Heather will discuss  the nutritional, social and economical benefits on buying locally grown produce. The class will include: class handout with recipes, and in class samples.

You will be using in season produce which includes:

 Ulu (breadfruit), Uala (sweet potato), Olena (turmeric), Kalo(taro), Ko(Sugarcane), Mai’a(banana), Niu (coconut), Ohi’a ai (mountain apple), & Ki (ti)

All New Recipes! Beginners are Welcome!

 The class fee is $60/$55 for VAC members plus a $20 supply fee

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Apr
30
Tue
2024
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Apr 30 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, April 2nd – May 7th

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/$110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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May
7
Tue
2024
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
May 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, April 2nd – May 7th

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/$110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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May
11
Sat
2024
Home Herbalist Workshop with Heather Penfield
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Home Herbalist Workshop with Heather Penfield

Join Heather Penfield on May 11, 2024 at the Volcano Art Center and discover the amazing things you can do with herbal essentials. In this workshop you will learn germ boosting powers of plants & herbs and discover how to use them, and learn the art of making effective remedies at home. You will also watch how the products are made from start to finish, including salve, syrup, tincture, citrus cleaner, hand sanitizer and more.

Includes:

  •    Class handout with recipes
  •    In class & take home samples 

   Class fee is $60/$55 for VAC members plus a $20 supply fee

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Jun
1
Sat
2024
Exhibit: Diana Miller
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm
The Volcano Art Center (VAC) is proud to announce Diana Miller Exhibiting at the VAC gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park from June 1st – July 7th, 2024. While the exhibit and reception are free, park entrance fees apply.  The exhibit will also be available for viewing on VAC’s website upon opening. For more information please contact Emily C. Weiss at (808) 967-7565 or email sales@volcanoartcenter.org
Jun
8
Sat
2024
Hula Kahiko: Hālau Hula Malanai under the direction of Kumu Hula Liana Leiʻilima Kanaʻiaupuni Aveiro
Jun 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Volcano Art Center’s Hula Arts at Kīlauea 2024 performance series continues Saturday, June 8th with a presentation by Hālau Hula Malanai under the direction of Kumu Hula Liana Leiʻilima Kanaʻiaupuni Aveiro. The performance begins at 10:30am at the pā hula in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Although, the event is free, Park entrance fees apply.

 Hālau Hula Malanai is an offshoot of Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau. Kumu Liana studied under Master Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang for more than 20 years, graduating as a Kumu Hula through traditional uniki ceremony, and passage. Hālau Hula Malanaiʻs hula geneology comes from na master Kumu Hula Auntie Maiki Aiu Lake and Auntie Mae Kamamalu Klein, dating back to the Royal Court Hula dancers. Kumu Liana continues to perpetuate the traditions and distinct “hula kuʻi styling in both the hula kahiko and hula auwana that has been passed down through generations from Auntie Maiki.

Kumu Liana supports and instills the importance of sharing hula at annual events including Huliheʻe Palace, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, Maunalani’s Honu Release, Waimea Keiki Festival, May Day Celebrations, the Ukulele Festival, and many others.  She believes that sharing storytelling through hula is a responsibility as a kumu hula within the community.  Using the phrase “Hula is life” reflects her hula roots, genealogy, and goals for her halau.

 Hālau Hula Malanai is located at Konoho Kuahiwi in the uplands of Waimea with haumana ranging from age 4 to adult women.  Hālau Hula Malanaiʻs name was given by Kumu Hula Pili Pang and takes us to one of their core Hula auwana “Waika.”  Located in this area, Hālau Hula Malanai carries the name of the distinct Breeze that is clean, cool, and refreshing.  A breeze that promotes love on many different levels.

These free events are supported by donations from members of the Volcano Art Center. Donations are welcome to continue future programs. In case of extreme weather, there is a possibility that the performance will be moved indoors to the Kīlauea Visitors Center Auditorium where seating is limited.

Aug
10
Sat
2024
Hula Kahiko: Featuring Kumu hula Moses Kahoʻokele Crabbe with hālau Hālauolaokalani
Aug 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Hula Kahiko: Featuring Kumu hula Moses Kahoʻokele Crabbe with hālau Halauolaokalani on August 10, 2024.

Volcano Art Center’s Hula Arts at Kīlauea performance series continues on Saturday, August 12th, featuring Kumu Hula Kahoʻokele Crabbe and hālau Halauokalani.
The performance is part of a year-round series sponsored by the Volcano Art Center.  For the series, hula hālau from across Hawai‘i are invited to perform each month.  The performance begins at 10:30am at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
After graduating in 1995 at Puʻupueokapu, Waikane, Oʻahu with traditional ʻuniki ceremonies under his teacher kumu hula Robert Cazimero, kumu hula Moses Kahoʻokele Crabbe founded Halauolaokalani in 1999.
The hālau’s performance this year will honor Auntie Dutchie Kapu Saffery who was the spiritual “mother” of the halau and to many in the community. She was a graduate of Maiki Aiu Lake of Hālau Hula o Maiki and an ‘olapa of Papa Lehua who passed in February of this year. The hālau will present traditional mele kahiko as taught to Kumu Crabbe by his kumu, Robert Uluwehi Cazimero of Halau Na Kamalei. Special guest soloist Cathy Liliaokalani Kasparovitch Arnold will also perform.
Halauolaokalani is a branch of the hula family of Auntie Maiki Aiu Lake who was the teacher of Kumu Crabbe’s teacher, Robert Uluwehi Cazimero.
The hula performance is presented authentically in an outdoor setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats, and to arrive early as parking at the Visitor’s Center is limited, additional parking is available at the Steam Vents parking lot.

These free events are supported by donations from member’s of the Volcano Art Center. Donations are welcome to continue future programs. The Volcano Art Center is a non-profit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Aug
31
Sat
2024
Exhibit: John Dawson
Aug 31 @ 9:00 am – Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm
The Volcano Art Center (VAC) is proud to announce John Dawson Exhibiting at the VAC gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park from August 31st – October 13, 2024. While the exhibit and reception are free, park entrance fees apply.  The exhibit will also be available for viewing on VAC’s website upon opening. For more information please contact Emily C. Weiss at (808) 967-7565 or email sales@volcanoartcenter.org
Sep
14
Sat
2024
Hula Kahiko: Featuring Hula Iwalani Kalima with Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani Ē
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Volcano Art Center’s Hula Arts at Kīlauea performance series continues on Saturday, September 14th with a hula kahiko performance featuring Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima with Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani Ē. The performance is part of a year-round series sponsored by the Volcano Art Center. Hula hālau from across Hawai‘i are invited to perform each month.  The hour-long performance begins at 10:30am at the kahua hula (platform) in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees apply.

Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani Ē was founded in 1986 to coordinate cultural education programs that benefit Hawai‘i communities.  From Keaukaha – Hilo, HI. their hula lineage is from Uncle George Lanakilakeikiahiali’i Na’ope, a great master of Hula and Hawaiian Culture. He was also the co-founder of the world’s greatest hula event the “Merrie Monarch Festival”. Hālau kou lima nani e is proud to perpetuate his style of hula and regularly performs at numerous events, festivals, and competitions.  Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima shares “hula is one of the greatest avenues to keeping the culture of Hawaiʻi living, we embrace hula and enlighten people through our dance.”

The presentation is presented authentically in an outdoor setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats, and to arrive early as parking at the Visitor’s Center is limited, additional parking is available at the Steam Vents parking lot.

These free events are currently supported by donations from member’s of the Volcano Art Center.  Donations are welcome to continue future programs. The Volcano Art Center is a non-profit art and educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts.  Visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222 for more information.

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