November Hawaiian Culture & After Dark in the Park Events

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the public throughout 2017. 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 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 that preserve the history and culture of Hawai‘i:

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. Visit the park website for additional planning details.
WhenNov. 3, 11 (fee-free Veterans Day), 18, and 25 at 8:45 a.m.
Where: Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. on any of the above dates.

Return to the Wild: An Update on the ‘Alalā Releases.

ʻAlalā Project staff Jackie Gaudioso-Levita and Rachel Kingsley will present an update on the most recent reintroduction efforts to establish a wild population of ʻalalā, the endemic and endangered Hawaiian crow. They will be joined by special guests, biologists Paul Banko (USGS) and Donna Ball (USFWS), who will share their past experiences of observing ʻalalā in the wild. Please join us to learn more about the recovery of the ʻalalā, a highly intelligent and unique crow species, integral to native Hawaiian ecosystems and culture. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ After Dark in the Park series. Free.
WhenTues., Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium

Lau Hala with ‘Aha Pūhala o Puna. 

Discover the skill of weaving lau hala with practitioners from ‘Aha Pūhala o Puna. For centuries, Hawaiians have used the hala (pandanus) tree to create many useful and beautiful items. Learn to weave lau hala and take home your own piece of lau hala art. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wed., Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Fee-Free Veterans Day Weekend. 

Hawai‘i Volcanoes and all fee-charging national parks are waiving entrance fees Saturday andSunday to commemorate Veterans Day. Honor the men and women who have served in the United States military and experience the American heritage by visiting national parks at no charge during Veterans Day weekend.
When: Nov. 11 & 12              
: All fee-charging national parks in the U.S.

Journey from Hawai‘i to Mars. 

Learn how an “out-of-this-world” lava landscape helps scientists understand how to conduct research on Mars. Darlene Lim of the NASA Ames Research Center will discuss the BASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains) project, and how astronauts can use field research done in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to look for signs of microbial life on Mars.  Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ After Dark in the Park series. Free.
WhenTues., Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium

Hālau o Akaunu Performance. 

Come and witness the ‘aiha‘a style of hula born from this volcanic landscape. Akaunu is a hālau based in Hilo, Hawai‘i under the instruction of Kumu Hula Manaiakalani Kalua. Hula is an expression of the environment, through the dancers’ bodies, and the ‘olapa (dancers) of Akaunu strive to perpetuate traditions passed down from Hālau o Kekuhi.  Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.
When: Wed., Nov. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium

Kāhili Pa‘a Lima Demonstration.

Come and create your own small kāhili pa‘a lima, a hand-held kāhili. Kāhili are a form of Hawaiian featherwork that traditionally acknowledged a person’s status and genealogy, and offered spiritual protection. They are also beautiful examples of Hawaiian art. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wed., Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Save the Date: Kīlauea Military Camp Detainment Event. 

Join National Park Service archeologists, rangers and educators to learn about the experiences of Japanese-American citizens who were detained during World War II at Kīlauea Military Camp. While the story of the 1942 mass round-up, eviction and imprisonment of Japanese Americans on the mainland is well documented, little is known about the Hawai‘i detainees and their unique experience. Guided tours of the former detention camp, talk-story sessions with archeologists and the granddaughter of a detainee, plus interpretive photography and displays, are planned. More details about this half-day event will soon be shared with the public.
WhenWed., Nov. 22
Where: Kīlauea Military Camp

Photo: Hālau o Akaunu performing during the 2016 Centennial of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. NPS Photo. 

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