Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in February. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association. Donations are welcomed to support park programs. The events are part of the After Dark in the Park, Na Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” and ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” series of presentations and workshops.
From 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium, join park archeologist Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura for “Up in Arms! The Struggle to Preserve the Legacy of the National Park Service During Wartime.” Moniz-Nakamura will share a revealing and fascinating presentation of the challenges faced by the National Park Service before, during, and after World War II at Kilauea, in what was then called Hawaii National Park. The findings of Moniz-Nakamura’s extensive research were recently published in The Hawaiian Journal of History, vol. 47 (2013).
Join Sam and Edna Baldado for a kalo, or taro, demonstration from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Feb. 13, as they share the cultural uses of the kalo plant. Kalo is used for many things, including food, medicine, glue and dyes, making it one of the most important plants in all of Hawaii. Part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. When: Wed., Feb. 13, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai
Russell Mauga will perform in concert from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium. Enjoy an evening of contemporary Hawaiian music through the vibrant voice and slack-key guitar styling of Mauga, one of Hawaii Island’s top entertainers. This is part of the park’s Na Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations.
From 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Feb. 26, on the Kilauea Visitor Center lanai, join master lei maker Kilohana Domingo as he demonstrates the intricate art of lei hulu, or feather lei making. His mother, Lehua Domingo, will share the detailed anoni style of weaving pandanus leaves into an exquisite papale, or hat. Both lei hulu and papale will be on display.