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Join us at the FREE Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival in Kahuku tomorrow!

July 11, 2014

Hooray, it’s that time of year again!!! The 34th annual Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival will be held in Kahuku tomorrow,  Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  and it’s FREE!

Hula Hālau Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū

Hālau Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū perform at the 2013 cultural festival. 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. Two Kahuku hikes will be offered, the new Pu‘u o Lokuana cinder cone hike from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and ‘Ōhi‘a Lehua from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (See descriptions below).

Bring water, rain jacket, and ground mat or chair, plus sunscreen and a hat. No pets. Lunch and beverages will be available for sale. This is a family-friendly, drug- and alcohol-free event. 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. Free entry and free parking.

Views from Kahuku

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


Aunty Diana Aki

Aunty Diana Aki, who hasn’t missed a single park cultural festival, will play again on Saturday! NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

Ben Kaili

Singer and musician Ben Kaili will again perform Saturday. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

Kai Ho‘opi‘i

Kai Ho‘opi‘i will also play on Saturday


Shaka T!

Festival T-shirts, with artwork by Dietrich Varez, will be on sale for $20, and feature the festival’s theme, 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.

Here’s the line-up of performers:

Hālau Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū – hula and music 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Ben Kaili  music 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Kai Ho‘opi‘i music 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Haunani Medeiros and her Kupuna dancers  hula  1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Aunty Diana Aki  music 2:10 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Vendors with items to sell include:

Kapa Kuiki (Hawaiian quilting) – Cyndy Martinez and ‘ohana

‘Aha Pūhala o Puna (lauhala craft items) – Valdeane Odachi, Colleen Murashige, members of the ‘Aha Pūhala o Puna club)

Lei Hulu (feather lei) Shirlene Iwai

Kapa Pa‘ahana (kapa-making tools) – Ka‘uhane Heloca

Hana Hou Restaurant – Stew/Rice, Kalua pig/cabbage and desserts

Ka‘ū Coffee Mill – coffee and packaged macadamia nuts

Ka‘ū High School – ice shave and hot dogs

Kīlauea Military Camp – Kalbi plate; teri beef plate; chili bowl; pasta salad; can juice

Big Island Poi Company – poi and kūlolo

Hawaiian flag

The Hawai‘i state flag. 

A new addition to the numerous Hawaiian cultural demonstrations at the festival will be an educational booth devoted to the first national holiday in Hawai‘i, La ho‘iho‘i ea, or Hawaiian Flag Day. Learn how Hawai‘i celebrated its first national holiday on July 31, 1843, when the Kingdom of Hawai‘i was restored by Great Britain. Kamehameha III, Kauikeaouli, proclaimed, “Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘āina i ka pono,” the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. That famous proclamation is perpetuated today as the state motto.


Lei hulu demonstration

Master feather lei artist Kilohana Domingo shows a keiki the art of weaving feathers into lei hulu. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

Lei haku

Lei demonstrations at last year’s festival. NPS photo/Jay Robinson


Kapa making. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

ulu maika

Keiki enjoy ulu maika, Hawaiian bowling. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

Saturday is an excellent time to get to know Kahuku, the southermost section of the park. Two hikes will be offered to showcase Kahuku’s unique beauty:

 Pu‘u o Lokuana is a short, moderately difficult 0.4-mile hike to the top of the grassy cinder cone, Pu‘u o Lokuana. Learn about the formation and various uses of this hill over time and enjoy a breathtaking view of lower Ka‘ū. This hike is offered during the annual Cultural Festival on July 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Pu'u o Lokuana

Pu‘u o Lokuana cindercone is the focus of a new hike offered at Kahuku. NPS Photo/Michael Szoenyi,

 ‘Ōhia Lehua. Learn about the vital role of ‘ōhi‘a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, the many forms of the ‘ōhi‘a tree, and the lehua flower. Visitors will be able to identify the many differences of the most prominent native tree in Kahuku on this program, which is an easy, one-mile (or less) walk. The ‘Ōhi‘a Lehuaprogram is offered July 12 during the annual Cultural Festival from 1 p.m. to 2p.m. 

Lehua mamo

Yellow ‘ōhi‘a lehua at Kahuku. NPS Photo/David Boyle


Sponsors of the 34th annual Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Hawaiian Cultural Festival include Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the Ka‘ū Hawaiian Civic Club, Kīlauea Military Camp, and our sister parks in West Hawai‘i. Call 808-985-6011 or email for more information.

We hope you can join us at Kahuku tomorrow! It will be a joyous time you won’t soon forget!

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