Artist Beth McCormick will present an exploration of the history, variety, and beauty of featherwork in the Pacific Basin in the program “Malalo o ka Po Lani – Jewels of the Air” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Visitor Information Station on Mauna Kea.
McCormick joins host Manu Josiah and Halau LeiManu in a family-oriented presentation which blends music, storytelling, science, history and culture.
Halau members will use hula, stories and chants to share the Hawaiian perspective on these symbols of prestige and rank, and their use in Hawaii in ancient times.
McCormick will share her research on how cultures around the Pacific Basin have used feathers, her own experience as a feather artist, and perspectives on some directions the art of featherwork is taking for the future.
After the presentation, join the star party on the lanai of the center and enjoy the beauty of the stars from one of the world’s premier sites for astronomy.
The event is free, but seating is first-come, first serve.
Each month, different cultural practitioners share perspectives on aspects of Hawaiian culture, history, and or arts relating to the natural history of Mauna Kea. The “Malalo o ka Po Lani” cultural program is held on the third Saturday of every month in the Ellison Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station’s presentation room at the 9,300-foot elevation on Mauna Kea.
For more information on programs, visit www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis or call (808) 961-2180.