Outdoors


 TODAY, Feb. 9 

CHINESE NEW YEAR FEST 

Where: Mooheau Park, Hilo 

When: 10 a.m. Feb. 9 

Details: The Dragon exits, the Year of the Snake begins: 11th annual Hilo Chinese New Year’s Festival. Free. Kobudo Taiko, Okinawan Shi Shi Mai lion, keiki fashion show, cultural demos, food, art, crafts. 

Contact: Alice Moon, 935-8850, askalice@downtownhilo.com 

PEOPLE, LAND OF KAHUKU 

Where: HVNP Kahuku Unit 

When: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 9 

Details: Ranger-led two-mile, three-hour moderate hike; see pastures, quarry, airstrip, 1868 lava fields. Learn about earliest Hawaiians to today. Walk in native forest, hear about earthquakes, eruptions, park plans to restore native ecosystems, cultural sites. Also Feb. 23, March 10, March 24. 

Contact: 985-6011, havo_ interpretation@nps.gov 

SUNDAY, Feb. 10 

PORTUGUESE DAY 

IN THE PARK 

Where: Gilbert Carvalho Park, 850 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo 

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 10 

Details: The annual Dennis Aguiar Portuguese Day In The Park is sponsored by Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce to celebrate all things Portuguese. Lots of good things to eat, see and learn. 

Contact: Margo Aguiar, 557- 8149, puuhina@hawaiiantel. net 

PALM TRAIL HIKE 

Where: HVNP Kahuku Unit 

When: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 10 

Details: Relatively easy guided 2.6-mile loop over scenic pasture along ancient cinder cone with panoramic views. See relics of ranching era, sections of remnant native forest, 1868 volcanic features. Also March 16. Drive through gate, meet at visitor contact tent. Bring water. No advance registration. 

Contact: 985-6011, havo_ interpretation@nps.gov 

ONGOING 

TIGER FEEDING, 

PETTING ZOO 

Where: Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, Hilo 

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily 

Details: Tiger feeding at 3:30 p.m. daily. Saturday’s Petting Zoo is 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. 

Contact: Friends of the Zoo, 959-9233, www.hilozoo.com 

NIAULANI NATURE WALK IN VOLCANO VILLAGE 

Where: VAC Niaulani Campus 

When: Twice a week 

Details: Niaulani Nature Walk — Free Guided Rain Forest Tour in Volcano. This one-hour nature walk travels through a lush portion of an old-growth Hawaiian rain forest on an easy, short loop trail. The walk introduces individuals, families, and groups to the native plants and birds of Volcano. Guides focus not only on the biological, ecological, and geological features of the area, but also the cultural usages of flora and fauna by native Hawaiians. Offered every Monday at 9:30 a.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. Free; donations welcome. 

Contact: Julie Callahan, 967- 8222, julie@volcanoartcenter. org 

SUNDAY WALK 

IN THE VOLCANO PARK 

Where: Hawaii Volcanoes NP 

When: noon, on second Sunday of every month 

Details: Join FHVNP on park trails. Fee for non-members. Visit www.fhvnp.org. 

Contact: Friends of HVNP, 985-7373, admin@fhvnp.org 

 

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