Hula Kahiko

Vol­cano Art Cen­ter presents ha­lau from Hawai­ian lan­guage im­mer­sion school

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY -

The Vol­cano Art Cen­ter’s 2017 Hula Kahiko se­ries kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21 with a per­for­mance by na kumu hula Pele­honu­amea and Kekoa Har­man with Ha­lau i Ka Leo Ola o Na Mamo.

The stu­dents of Ha­lau i Ka Leo Ola o Na Mamo come from the Hawai­ian lan­guage im­mer­sion K-12 school Ke Kula ‘o Nawahiokalani‘opu‘u. For the past five years, its mis­sion has been to per­pet­u­ate the Hawai­ian lan­guage and cul­ture through mele and hula. All classes are con­ducted through the medium of Hawai­ian.

The per­for­mance will take place in a one-of-a-kind out­door set­ting at the kahua hula (plat­form) in Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park. Au­di­ence mem­bers are en­cour­aged to bring sun/ rain gear and sit­ting mats. Na­tional park en­trance fees might ap­ply.

Of­fered in con­junc­tion with this month’s Hula Kahiko per­for­mance, join kumu hula Ab Va­len­cia and mem­bers of Ha­lau Hula Kale­huaki‘eki‘eika‘iu on the lanai of the Vol­cano Art Gallery as they share with you “Na Mea Hula” (all things hula). Come and learn a hula, use var­i­ous hula im­ple­ments and try your hand at lei mak­ing. Ex­pe­ri­ence the dif­fer­ent as­pects that play an in­te­gral role in the life of the hula dancer. This cul­tural demon­stra­tion is hands-on and fam­ily friendly.

Th­ese free events are sup­ported in part by a grant from the Hawaii County De­part­ment of Re­search and Devel­op­ment and the Hawaii Tourism Author­ity, and in­di­vid­ual fund­ing from mem­bers of the Vol­cano Art Cen­ter’s ohana.

The Vol­cano Art Cen­ter is a non­profit ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion cre­ated in 1974 to pro­mote, de­velop and per­pet­u­ate the artis­tic and cul­tural her­itage of Hawaii’s peo­ple and en­vi­ron­ment through ac­tiv­i­ties in the vis­ual, lit­er­ary and per­form­ing arts. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. vol­canoart­cen­ or call 967-8222.

Cour­tesy photo

Ha­lau i Ka Leo Ola o Na Mamo will per­form Jan. 21 at the kahua hula (plat­form) at Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park.

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