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HVNP, cultural programs for December


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout December.

These programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

Free Hawaiian Music Concert

Enjoy an evening of music by talented songwriters. In August 2012, the park sponsored a three-day “Hawaiian Music Songwriters Retreat” that attracted participants from Hawaii Island and as far away as California.

These talented songwriters gather again to show off their newly honed skills. The featured artists include Kauhane Heloca, Ida Hanohano, Desiree Cruz, Doodie Downs, Kuu Makuakane, Alii Keanaaina, Pililani Pua-Kaipo and Olanui Robbins. Part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ongoing Na Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 (Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium

John Keawe “Cool December Night” Concert

Award-winning kihoalu (slack key) guitarist, composer and recording artist, John Keawe warms the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium with his music. His wife Hope provides moving interpretations of his music with her graceful hula.

Winner of the 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Slack Key Album of the Year award for his CD “Hawaii Island is My Home,” John and Hope will ring in the holidays with their music, hula and aloha spirit. This program is expected to be well-attended so come early for seating.

John’s CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase the evening of the performance. This program featuring John and Hope Keawe’s lovely music and hula was produced by the University of Hawaii-Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program. Part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series.


When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium

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