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Experience Kahuku at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Annual Cultural Festival, July 12

June 16, 2014
Views from Kahuku

View of Ka Lae from Kahuku. NPS Photo/David Boyle

Save the date and participate in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s 34th annual Cultural Festival, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the park’s Kahuku Unit in Ka‘ū, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free!

Keiki watch Hālau Hula Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

Keiki watch Hālau Hula Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

Enjoy hula kāhiko and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their art, and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts. Taste traditional, ono Hawaiian foods. Performers this year will include Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning singer and ‘ukulele artist Diana Aki (the “Songbird of Miloli‘i”), Kumu Hula Mamo Brown and Hālau Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū, noted falsetto singer, Kai Ho‘opi‘i, kupuna hula by Haunani Medeiros, and more.

 

Mmm, ono!

Youth rangers serve up authentic Hawaiian food. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

“The park’s annual cultural festival brings our communities together, and offers a wide range of authentic Hawaiian experiences for residents and visitors,” said Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Superintendent, Cindy Orlando. “Our park staff also look forward to this yearly opportunity to connect with our communities and share their aloha for the ‘āina,” she said.

This year’s theme is Ka‘ū hiehie i ka makani which means Ka‘ū regal in the gales, referring to the multi-directional winds that cool the land in Kahuku.

Make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. Bring water, rain jacket, and ground mat or chair. No pets. Lunch and beverages will be available for sale.  This wonderful family experience is a drug- and alcohol-free event.

‘Ohe kapala

Ranger Rebecca demonstrates ‘ohe kapala, Hawaiian bamboo stamping. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

The Kahuku unit is the southernmost section of the national park, and is located on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 at mile marker 70.5, approximately 42 miles south of the main park entrance at Kīlauea. Free parking available.

Call 808-985-6011 or email for more information.

Diana Aki and band

Aunty Diana Aki (“the songbird of Milolii”) and her band perform at the 2013 Cultural Festival. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

Lei hulu (feather lei)

Beautiful lei hulu by Shirlene Iwai on display. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

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