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Master of Hawaiian featherwork to speak at After Dark in Park

In conjunction with the National Parks Arts Foundation, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will launch its first Artist-in-Residence program in May.

The debut artist will be master of Hawaiian featherwork Rick Makanaaloha Kia‘imeaokekanaka San Nicolas.

The artist, whose bold and beautiful featherwork is currently on display at Volcano House, will provide an After Dark in the Park exhibit and discussion about his artwork from 7-8 p.m. today at the Kilauea Visitor Center

Auditorium. Admission is free, but park entrance fees apply.

The Artist-in-Residence program continues the legacy of the famous volcano-inspired artists, and provides a creative setting in the park, said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

San Nicolas grew up in Hawaii, and is founder of the George Na‘ope Hula Festival. He was recently bestowed with the title of Ke Kumu Hulu Nui, “Master of Hawaiian Featherwork of Old Hawai‘i” by another celebrated cultural icon, kumu hula Kaha‘i Topolinski.

Aunty Doreen Henderson, Hawaii’s famous kumu of lei hulu, also honored San Nicolas with the title of Master Featherworker.

“We are thrilled to offer Rick the mutually beneficial opportunity to cultivate his creativity in the remarkable setting of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park,” Orlando said. “The arts are an integral way to perpetuate Hawaiian culture and its deep connection to this sacred landscape.”

The nonprofit National Parks Arts Foundation developed the Artist-in-Residence program as a way for artists to be inspired and appreciate the fascinating past — and present — of national parks, while giving back to the National Park Service.

The NPAF programs are proposed for 15 locations in national parks and World Heritage Sites in the U.S.

For information, visit the NPAF website at


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