Volcano Art Center will present Kahula ‘O Nawahine Noho Pu‘ukapu under the direction of kumu hula Ana Nawahine-Kahoopii for an inspirational hula kahiko performance at the hula platform in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.
The halau, founded by Nawahine-Kahoopii in 2007, is based in Kuhio Village in Waimea. The mission of the halau is to express the sacred through the poetry of hula.
“Hula is a sacred path to the core of ourselves, the world we exist within and the worlds that exist within us. As we deepen this awareness of our place in the cosmos it is reflected in our voices and bodies, the joy of oli (chant) and hula (dance) are expressions of this awakening. This path of awakening is a lifetime commitment and one we graciously share with you,” said Nawahine-Kahoopii.
Cultural demonstrations of lei making also will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the nearby VAC Gallery. For the outdoor hula performance, the audience is encouraged to bring mats for sitting on the grass, plus rain and sun gear, as the presentation takes place rain or shine. Events are free; however, parking is limited and national park entrance fees apply.
These events are sponsored in cooperation with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and supported in part by the county Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. For more information, call Volcano Art Center at 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.