Calendar of Events

Mar
8
Fri
2024
Aloha Friday at VAC Gallery with Desiree Moana Cruz
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

desiree moana cruzAloha Friday cultural demonstrations are held each week from 11 am – 1 pm on the porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Desiree Moana Cruz shares ‘ohe kapala and contemporary textile stamping and  often seen in hula kahiko style costuming.  She is an advocate for Kanaka Maoli practitioners and a member of Halau Na Kipu’upu’u of Waimea.

These free cultural events are supported in part by Hawai’i State GIA Wai Wai Program.

Mar
9
Sat
2024
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
Puppets on the Path Performance
Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Puppets on the Path as they celebrate The Sounds of Niaulani through a special blend of original music and puppetry representing the native rainforest in Volcano. The performance will be on March 23, at 3 pm. in Varez Hall at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village (19-4074 Old Volcano Road).

Puppets on the Path began as a special program at the Volcano Art Center in 1983. The production has  grown to entertain audiences in schools, museums, shopping centers and sciences conventions statewide, and beyond. Their original stories of songs and puppets through the years have protrayed both marine and forest ecosystems of Hawaiʻi, from coral reefs to the rainforests.

 The Sounds of Niaulani celebrates the Niaulani Forest trail, where Ka ʻApapane sings of her life among the hāpuʻu ferns and ʻōhiʻa trees, and where young mamaki and ʻōhelo  plants sing as they grow from a rainforest nurse log.  This special blend of nature, science, music and puppetry is the hallmark of the Puppets on the Path productions which continue to bring “edutainment” to audiences of all ages.

Puppeteers and musicians include Kate Schuerch, Loren Brownlea and Dina Kageler.  This free family-friendly theater production is a part of the 50th Year Anniversary celebration for the Volcano Art Center, and is sponsored in part by a grant from the Atherton Foundation of Hawai`i.

Although this performance is free, donations are greatly appreciated.
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
12
Fri
2024
Aloha Friday at VAC Gallery with Desiree Moana Cruz
Apr 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

desiree moana cruzAloha Friday cultural demonstrations are held each week from 11 am – 1 pm on the porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Desiree Moana Cruz shares ‘ohe kapala and contemporary textile stamping and  often seen in hula kahiko style costuming.  She is an advocate for Kanaka Maoli practitioners and a member of Halau Na Kipu’upu’u of Waimea.

These free cultural events are supported in part by Hawai’i State GIA Wai Wai Program.

May
10
Fri
2024
Aloha Friday at VAC Gallery with Desiree Moana Cruz
May 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

desiree moana cruzAloha Friday cultural demonstrations are held each week from 11 am – 1 pm on the porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Desiree Moana Cruz shares ‘ohe kapala and contemporary textile stamping and  often seen in hula kahiko style costuming.  She is an advocate for Kanaka Maoli practitioners and a member of Halau Na Kipu’upu’u of Waimea.

These free cultural events are supported in part by Hawai’i State GIA Wai Wai Program.

Jun
14
Fri
2024
Aloha Friday at VAC Gallery with Desiree Moana Cruz
Jun 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

desiree moana cruzAloha Friday cultural demonstrations are held each week from 11 am – 1 pm on the porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Desiree Moana Cruz shares ‘ohe kapala and contemporary textile stamping and  often seen in hula kahiko style costuming.  She is an advocate for Kanaka Maoli practitioners and a member of Halau Na Kipu’upu’u of Waimea.

These free cultural events are supported in part by Hawai’i State GIA Wai Wai Program.

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