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Cultural, After Dark in the Park programs for September


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

All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs.

Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

* Haku Mele: A Beginner’s Hawaiian Songwriter’s Retreat

Join Hawaiian music, language and haku mele experts, Kenneth Makuakāne and Kaliko Beamer-Trapp, to create original Hawaiian compositions through interactive presentations and small group sessions in haku mele and leo.

Class is free and limited to 20 participants. To reserve a space, contact Elizabeth Bell at 985-6019, or email

Part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ongoing Na Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.

When: Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days
Where: Environmental Educational Center

* Grand Adventures in the Southwest Desert

Some of the world’s most sublime landscapes await exploration in southern Utah and northern Arizona – where deep canyons, painted mesas, hoodoos and arches are sculpted from layers of rock deposited over eons.

Join Park Ranger Jay Robinson on a raft journey into the heart of the Grand Canyon National Park, which like Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Encounter bighorn sheep, condors and lizards, and sleep beneath the stars with hairy scorpions, tarantulas and rattlesnakes!

Explore narrow slot canyons and the slick rock deserts of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks and the newly created Vermillion Cliffs and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

Part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 7-8 p.m.
Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium

* An Evening of Music with Hilo One

Come enjoy Hawaiian music by entertainers Hilo One, featuring Likeke Teanio (lead ukulele, slack key guitar), Aaron Agres (electric upright bass), and Russell Mauga (12-string guitar), as they enliven the evening with their wonderful instrumentation and vocals.

Part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium

* Ulana Lauhala

Learn the art of weaving with leaves of the pandanus tree, or hala, from gathering the material, preparation, to the final product. Join practitioners Amy Kaawaloa and Malia Macabio as they continue to perpetuate this beautiful Hawaiian craft and share the intricacies of weaving lauhala.

Part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ongoing Ike Hana Noeau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai

* Kahuku Junior Ranger Day

Keiki of all ages are invited to join park rangers and explore the park’s southernmost section of Kahuku, in Ka‘u. Connect the culture, people, and aina through oli, GPS, and compass on a short and easy walk. See, smell and touch a variety of kalo as Sam and Edna Baldado share their love for the many varieties and uses of this native staple food.

Bring a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, long pants, jacket and closed-toe shoes. At least one adult must accompany the children.

The event and lunch are free, but registration is required. Call (808) 985-6019 by Sept. 24.

Co-sponsored by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Pacific Parks Association, and the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center.

When: Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: The Kahuku Unit is located on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Meet near the parking area.

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