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Experience Nature and Hawaiian Culture Throughout March

February 28, 2013
Pu`ukohola Heiau rises above Pelekane Bay on the Island of Hawaii. It was here in the early 1790's that King Kamehameha the Great began his epic unification of the Hawaiian Islands. (Photo used by permission)

Pu`ukohola Heiau rises above Pelekane Bay on the Island of Hawaii. It was here in the early 1790’s that King Kamehameha the Great began his epic unification of the Hawaiian Islands. (Photo used by permission)

Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site on the Big Island of Hawaii will be offering the following events during the month of March. If you have questions, please contact the park directly at 808-882-7218 or by email.

A young visitor looks for humpback whales below Pu`ukohola Heiau, "The Temple on the Hill of the Whale"

A young visitor looks for humpback whales below Pu`ukohola Heiau, “The Temple on the Hill of the Whale”

Humpback Whale Watches

When: Every Friday in March (9:00am-11:00am)
Watch humpback whales with staff and volunteers from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA). Learn about these “Giants of the Sea” while watching them at Pu`ukohola…”the Hill of the Whale”! These whale watches take place just outside of the park’s Visitor Center. Not in Hawaii? No problem! Listen to our whales singing LIVE: Click Here

Leis on Display

Leis on Display

Lei Making

When: Every Friday in March (9:00am-1:30pm)
Learn about the art of Hawaiian Lei Making through hands-on demonstrations. Make your own traditional lei made from the Ti plant while learning about the plant’s significance to the Hawaiians. See beautiful hand-made leis made of feathers, seeds, nuts, etc.

octopus lure

Hawaiian Shell Display & Cultural Use Demonstration

When: Saturday, March 2 (9:00am-1:00pm):
Join members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha as they discuss how the ancient Hawaiians utilized seashells in everday life. On display will be shell scrapers, shell fish hooks, shell gourd stoppers, shell adzes, and more.

Hundreds of volunteers helped restore damaged cultural and historical sites at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.

Hundreds of volunteers helped restore damaged cultural and historical sites at Pu`ukohola Heiau NHS.

Uhau Humu Pohaku (Hawaiian Dry Stack Masonry)

When: Saturday, March 9 (12:00pm-4:00pm):
Join members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha for a lecture on the recent repair efforts made to Pu’ukohola Heiau, Mailekini Heiau, and other wahi pana (sacred sites) as a result of the 2006 earthquake. This program will include discussions about ‘Uhau Humu Pohaku (Hawaiian Dry Stack Masonry), which will including terminology, general rules and techniques, and hands-on demonstration.

Brink your ukulele and join in the fun!

Bring your ukulele and join in the fun!

Ukulele Reflections

When: Tuesday, March 12 (9:00am-1:00pm)
Join members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha for an informal discussion on the history of the ukulele in Hawaii and a hands-on workshop. Bring your ukulele and join in!

What can you make from coconut leaves?

What can you make from coconut leaves?

Coconut Leaf Weaving

When: Sunday, March 17 (10:00am-2:00pm)
Join members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha for hands-on opportunities to learn how to weave various items out of coconut leaves (fish, small bowl, etc.).

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