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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s September 2014 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs

August 19, 2014

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in September. All programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

Lā‘au Lapa‘au Demonstration. Ka‘ohu Monfort shares her knowledge and love of the island’s native plants, and their medicinal uses. See and touch kukui, ‘ōlena, ha‘uowī, noni, kī, and guava, and learn how they are used as medicine. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.
When: Wed., Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Lā‘au lapa‘au is the Hawaiian use of traditional medicinal plants. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

Lā‘au lapa‘au is the Hawaiian use of traditional medicinal plants. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

Kai Ho‘opi‘i in Concert. Come enjoy an evening of Hawaiian music, through the sweet voice of Kai Ho‘opi‘i, sharing the music of his ‘ohana from Kahakuloa, Maui. Kai is a winner of the Aloha Festivals Hawaiian falsetto signing contest. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.
When: Wed., Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Kai Ho‘opi‘i

Kai Ho‘opi‘i

Hawai‘i’s Big Earthquakes. Big earthquakes pose an ever-present danger to Hawai‘i. But, what is a “big” earthquake—and how can you keep safe during the next one? Join Paul Okubo, a seismologist with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, as he presents an overview of damaging earthquakes in Hawai‘i, including current theories on where and why they occur and what you can do to best protect yourself when they happen. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, and your $2 donation helps support After Dark programs.
When: Tues., Sept. 23, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

A house in Kalapana damaged by a magnitiude-6.1 earthquake that struck June 25, 1989. It was felt on the islands of Hawai‘i, Maui, and O‘ahu, but damage to residential property was greatest in the Island of Hawai‘i’s Puna District, where several homes in Kalapana, Royal Gardens, and Kaimū collapsed and many other structures suffered significant damage.

A house in Kalapana damaged by a magnitiude-6.1 earthquake that struck June 25, 1989. It was felt on the islands of Hawai‘i, Maui, and O‘ahu, but damage to residential property was greatest in the Island of Hawai‘i’s Puna District, where several homes in Kalapana, Royal Gardens, and Kaimū collapsed and many other structures suffered significant damage. USGS Photo.

‘Ohe Kapala Demonstration. ‘Ohe kapala, or bamboo stamps, were utilized to present many unique designs for traditional Hawaiian kapa. Today, these exceptional designs are being used as patterns on all types of fabric. Join Keiko Mercado as she demonstrates how ‘ohe (bamboo) are carved into beautiful designs and how they are used. There will be samples and a hands-on opportunity to learn about this distinctive art form. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.
When: Wed., Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

‘Ohe kapala. NPS photo/Jay Robinson

‘Ohe kapala. NPS photo/Jay Robinson

Kahuku ‘Ohana Day. Keiki of all ages are invited to join park rangers and take a closer look at the park’s Kahuku Unit during a day of activities. Connect with the culture, people and the ‘āina (land) through mo‘olelo (stories), GPS, and compass. A free lunch will be provided when you sign up by calling (808) 985-6019. Deadline to register is Sept. 19. Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center. Free.
When: Sat., Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Kahuku Unit, at mile marker 70.5 in Ka‘ū on the mauka side of Highway 11

Kahuku

Beautiful views abound in Kahuku. NPS Photo/Mark Wasser.

Find posters of these events online: http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/events.htm. 

Another Milestone Reached!

August 19, 2014

The National Park of American Samoa provides a few different ways for you to stay connected to what is happening in your park. These options allow you to choose how you want to be informed, and how often you what to be informed

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Adventures of the Traveling Park Shirt

August 18, 2014

We are proud of our National Park of American Samoa t-shirt! During your travels, please share photos of you wearing our park shirt either here or on our blog by emailing npsa_info@nps.gov. Be a part of this travel, Represent your country and/or your state!

 

You may purchase these shirts direct from our visitor center or order online thru Hawaii Pacific Parks Association from their link: http://www.hawaiipacificparks.org/store/apparel/national-park-of-american-samoa-t-shirt.html


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2014 Ho’oku’ikahi Hawaiian Cultural Festival

August 17, 2014
NPS

NPS

The Hawaiian Cultural Festival at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site on the Big Island of Hawaii continues today (Sunday, August 17). Be sure to visit the park’s Facebook Page to see photos and videos from this event!

 

Kalaupapa National Historical Park Welcomes Annual Barge

August 15, 2014

Saturday August 2nd, was one of the most highly anticipated days of 2014 for Kalaupapa National Historical Park and the small and isolated settlement of Kalaupapa, Hawaii.  One summer day each year a barge from Honolulu delivers all of the settlement’s supplies for the upcoming year. 

Two tugboats guide the barge into place for tie up.

Two tugboats guide the barge into place for tie up.

Carefully arranged on the barge deck are new vehicles, fuel trucks, and shipping containers loaded with pallets of food stuffs, large appliances, furniture, building supplies and more.  It is on this day that the sleepy settlement of only ninety people bustles with people and machines, unloading the supplies as quickly and safely as possible. 

National Park Service and Hawaii Department of Health workers prepare to begin unloading the barge.

National Park Service and Hawaii Department of Health workers prepare to begin unloading the barge.

Workers securely tie the barge to the landing.

Workers securely tie the barge to the landing.

Kalaupapa’s natural isolation has always made receiving supplies extremely difficult.  The 12 square mile peninsula on which the park is located juts out of the north shore of the island of Molokai, with rough ocean waters on three sides and 2,000 foot sheer cliffs on the fourth. Historically, workers or residents who purchased large or heavy items that cannot be brought in by mule or small plane must wait until the annual barge day to receive them.  A resident-patient of Kalaupapa once described Barge Day as being like Christmas, “the number one day.  The big day that everybody waits for…” 

Community residents and visitors watch as the Kalaupapa barge makes its way into the wharf.

Community residents and visitors watch as the Kalaupapa barge makes its way into the wharf.

This year, Barge Day began around 7:00 AM on Saturday August 2.  The barge appeared on the horizon heading towards Kalaupapa with the aid of a tug boat.  Community members gathered to watch, while State Department of Health and NPS employees in hard hats and orange vests stood ready to assist with unloading.  By 8:00 AM the barge had tied up to the pier and unloading began.  First to roll of the barge were three fuel tankers to replenish the settlement’s supply of gasoline and diesel fuel.  Also unloaded were twelve new vehicles, two new forklifts, a backhoe, and dump truck.  Then a flurry of forklifts and heavy lifting equipment began unloading dozens of shipping crates and pallets containing supplies ranging from food to lime mortar and sand for gravestone restoration work.  Dozens of workers from the State, Federal, and Young Brothers’ Barge team worked through the morning unloading numerous shipping containers and pallets.    

The barge, contracted through Young Brothers, is the only barge in Hawai'i narrow enough to safely dock at Kalaupapa.

The barge, contracted through Young Brothers, is the only barge in Hawai’i narrow enough to safely dock at Kalaupapa.

After the barge was unloaded of all its cargo supplies, it was loaded with shipping crates containing a year’s worth of the settlement’s aluminum and plastic recyclables scrap metal, defunct vehicles, old appliances, and hazardous materials.  Prior to the barge’s arrival, state and federal employees staged these materials nearby for easy removal.  By the early afternoon, the barge embarked on its journey back to Honolulu, while Kalaupapa residents and workers excitedly unpacked all of the supplies for the coming year.

Junior Rangers at Ili’ili Village

August 13, 2014

 


Yesterday, the park rangers from the National Park of American Samoa attended a youth summer camp at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church to orient them about the park and to have a  better understanding of their natural resources. Park Rangers Pua and Sam, together with Chief Michael conducted a Junior Ranger program for their community which involved not only the youth, but adults as well.


Upon completion of their activity books, they were each awarded a certificate and a unique Junior Ranger badge and were sworn to be stewards of our national park and its natural resources.

Congratulations to the newly inducted Junior Rangers!  ;)

You may view more photos of the activity at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.808654322520587.1073742010.118648148187878&type=1

Safety, Health, and Wellness Action Day

August 11, 2014

Last Friday, the National Park of American Samoa held its Safety, Health, and Wellness Action Day at Utulei Beach Park.  Park rangers, staff and crew together with the Youth Conservation Corps joined in this fun and enjoyable activity.

Safety skits and demonstrations were discussed such as diving equipment and safety, boating safety, ropes and repelling, radio communications, vehicle safety, herbicides and chemicals handling, and other wellness activities. Superintendent Jim Bacon also reiterated an emergency response review for tsunami evacuation and tropical cyclones.

Other wellness activities were also conducted such as volleyball, football, and ZUMBA!

For more photos, check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Park-of-American-Samoa/118648148187878

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