June Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Events

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will continue its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the public with the follow June programs.

In addition, the community is invited to lend a hand to save native rainforest through the park’s Stewardship at the Summit volunteer program.

ADIP, SAS and Hawaiian cultural programs are free, but entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

I, Mosquito: Our Changing World. As global climate change shifts the distribution of mosquitoes, diseases once thought to be limited to the tropics are now seen far from the equator. From dengue fever to zika virus, our changing world is reflecting a new “normal” for regions previously unaffected. Join USGS Research Biologist, Dennis LaPointe, Ph.D. as he takes us through the life cycle of one of the planet’s most maligned insects – the mosquito. While sharing information from recent wildlife studies here in Hawai‘i and sobering projections of the future, LaPointe offers practical advice and innovative adaptive strategies for coping with our changing world. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
When: Tues., June 6 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

A tree infected with Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death (ROD) in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. NPS Photo.

Managing Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. ‘Ōhi‘a (Metrosideros polymorpha), the keystone Hawaiian forest species, is under attack by a new fungal disease, known as Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death, or ROD. The park is working closely with partners, land managers, scientists, and outreach specialists throughout Hawai‘i to respond to this threat. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Ecologist David Benitez will share the lessons we have learned since ROD was first identified in 2014, and discuss what we are doing to manage ROD within and beyond park boundaries. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
When: Tues., June 13 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Lei hulu artist Kilohana Domingo shares his art of feather lei making. NPS Photo.

Lei Hulu (Feather Lei Making) Demo. Witness the fine skill in making lei hulu (feather lei). Renowned artist Kilohana Domingo demonstrates his mastery of this intricate Hawaiian art form. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wed., June 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Kahuku ‘Ohana Day: Hawaiian Healing Practices. Join us at Pu‘u Lokuana as we delve into the basics of Hawaiian healing methods. In the afternoon, an expert in children’s lomilomi (Hawaiian massage), Ka‘ānohi Pe‘a, will demonstrate this ancient wellness technique that is still practiced today. Keiki 17 and under and their families must sign up by June 8, by calling 808-985-6019. Bring water, lunch and snacks, a ball cap, shoes and reusable water bottle. Kahuku is located between the 70 and 71 mile markers on Highway 11.
When: Sat., June 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Kahuku Unit

Stewardship at the Summit. Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. No advance registration is required, and there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply. Click here for additional planning details:
When: June 3, 9, 17, and 23 at 9 a.m.
Where: Meet project leaders at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. on any of the above dates. 

Courtesy photo of the Hawaiian band, Komakakino.

Hawaiian Music Concert with Komakakino. Enjoy the sweet falsetto harmonies of Hawai‘i-Island born-and-raised musical group, Komakakino. These talented young men share a love of hula, Hawaiian culture, and singing traditional mele (songs) in the Hawaiian language. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.
When: Wed., June 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Pāpale (Hat) Workshop. Come and weave a hat from coconut leaves that will keep you looking and feeling cool this summer! The coconut palm is one of the most versatile, useful and prized plants throughout the Pacific Ocean. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wed., June 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai