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The exhibition titled Dietrich Varez Legacy: The Expanded Collection features unpublished works of the artist which have recently been made available through the Varez Family Estate and a generous donation from the Hawai‘i Council for the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.

Mar
22
Fri
2024
Aloha Friday at VAC Gallery: Lauhala Weaving with Kuuipo Kalahiki-Morales
Mar 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Aloha 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. This month’s offerings include: Lauhala Weaving with Kuuipo Kalahiki-Morales. Visitors and kama’aina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop.

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

 

Mar
30
Sat
2024
Mixed Media Papermaking with Mary Milelzcik
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Join artist Mary Milelzcik for a Mixed Media Papermaking workshop on Saturday, March 30, from 10 am to 2:30 pm at the Volcano Art Center in Volcano. Newcomers and Advanced students are welcome.  $70/ $65 VAC Members plus $38 supplies.

This workshop will introduce you to papermaking using recycled heavy weight Arches art paper with local plant materials, dyes and earth pigments. Using a using a household blender and various sized moulds and deckles, you are able to make paper in a variety of sizes, scrolls, layered artwork and create a painting with pulp. Participants are encouraged to bring flowers and plant material to add color, or other interesting things to imbed in their paper.

You will leave with a basic knowledge of papermaking, a variety of papers, pulp sources, and instructions on how to make paper at home. To allow for more paper making time, the instructor will source, prepare and cook plant materials for pulp, dyes and paint, in advance of the class. Plant fibers used in this workshop may include wauke (paper mulberry), ginger, old growth cedar, homegrown cotton bolls and flowers, lemongrass, cane grass, etc. (depending on availability).

If you have a special project in mind, or any questions, please email in advance to discuss how I can help you achieve your creative goals. Also, advanced Papermaking workshops and studio time are available at Arts Asylum for individuals and groups by appointment.   artsasylum@gmail.com

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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
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
26
Fri
2024
Aloha Friday at VAC Gallery: Lauhala Weaving with Kuuipo Kalahiki-Morales
Apr 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Aloha 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. This month’s offerings include: Lauhala Weaving with Kuuipo Kalahiki-Morales. Visitors and kama’aina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop.

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

 

May
24
Fri
2024
Aloha Friday at VAC Gallery: Lauhala Weaving with Kuuipo Kalahiki-Morales
May 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Aloha 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. This month’s offerings include: Lauhala Weaving with Kuuipo Kalahiki-Morales. Visitors and kama’aina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop.

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

 

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.

Jun
28
Fri
2024
Aloha Friday at VAC Gallery: Lauhala Weaving with Kuuipo Kalahiki-Morales
Jun 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Aloha 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. This month’s offerings include: Lauhala Weaving with Kuuipo Kalahiki-Morales. Visitors and kama’aina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop.

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

 

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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