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Who is Pele?

April 19, 2014

It’s National Park Week, today through April 27!  This year’s theme is Go Wild, and at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, we invite you to Go Wild for Culture. We recently asked a staff member for the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, kumu hula Ab Kawainohoikala‘i Valencia of Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu, what this park means to him. We asked him to pick one word to describe Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and his word was Pele. Find out who Pele is by watching the short video below:


Ab began our interview with an oli, a chant, to Pele. His oli gives us chicken skin everytime we watch this:


And not only is it National Park Week, but it’s also the 51st anniversary of the Merrie Monarch Festival, the prestigious week-long hula competition that starts Easter Sunday in Hilo. This year, the Merrie Monarch Festival and National Park Week coincide, so it was easy to decide that our theme should be Go Wild for Culture. We will also bring back the Hula Plant Photo of the Day blog post to “Go Wild for Culture” and to commemorate the Merrie Monarch Festival. Check back in a few hours to see what plants kumu Ab helped us select for this colorful week-long series.

Have a wonderful National Park Week! We have many cultural programs planned at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, starting next week, April 23-25. We hope to see you here, and that you discover for yourself Who Is Pele? Please share and like this post if you enjoyed it.

Mahalo nui loa from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park!



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