Cultural Demonstrations

Aloha Friday

Each Friday, on the front porch of Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, visitors and kama‘aina alike are invited to experience a free, hands-on workshop presented by hospitable Hawai‘i Island practitioners.

Week 1– Slack Key guitar with Randy Lorenzo

(11am – 1pm)

February 1,  March 1, April 5, May 3, September 6, October 4, November 1

Randy is a much loved long time member of the local music scene in Hawai‘i. He is a multiple Hoku and Grammy award winner, as well as an accomplished solo performer and singer songwriter.

ʻUkulele with Kainani Kahaunaele
June 7, July 5, August 2, December 6
Multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award recipient Kainani Kahaunaele, shares her passion for all things Hawaiian. 


Week 2 – lei making with Randy Lee

(11am – 1pm)

January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13

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)

January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20

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 Ah Chong

(11am – 1pm)

January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25, November 22, December 27

Tropical Agriculture farmer Kaipo Ah Chong 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 – textile printing with Desiree Moana Cruz

(11am – 1pm)

March 29, May 31, August 30, November 29

Utilizing plants cultivated in her garden and others collected from the forests, Desiree Moana Cruz will share traditional and contemporary dye processes and the use of repetitive symbolism featured in hula garments. She is an advocate for Hawaiian practitioners and a member of Hālau Na Kipu’upu’u of Waimea.


May Day is Lei Day

(11am to 1pm)

May Day Celebration: Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

May Day is Lei Day!  Come celebrate May Day at the Volcano Art Center Gallery porch on Wednesday, May 1st! Everyone is invited to join in the festivities from 11am – 1pm, featuring hands on lei making demonstrations,  live music and hula dancing.  May Day honors the unique way that Hawaiʻi’s multi-cultural traditions are woven  together to create a more interesting, more tolerant and more beautiful community.  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.  This free event at the VAC Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is supported in part by a grant from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.   National Park entrance fees apply.