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Mark the cal­en­dar for these up­com­ing events:

Spe­cial Merrie Monarch Fes­ti­val Events

Join us as we cel­e­brate and honor the 54th Merrie Monarch Fes­ti­val, the an­nual hula com­pe­ti­tion of Hilo. Prac­ti­tion­ers on Thurs­day will share the arts of lei mak­ing, haku hulu (Hawai­ian feath­er­work), ‘ohe ka­pala (bam­boo stamp­ing) and kuku kapa (mak­ing fab­ric from bark cloth).

Mul­ti­ple Na Hoku Hanohano award­win­ning com­poser, singer and mu­si­cian Ken­neth Makuakane will per­form.

Part of Hawaii Vol­ca­noes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (Ex­pe­ri­ence the Skill­ful Work) work­shops. Free.

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to­day

Where: Ki­lauea Vis­i­tor Cen­ter lanai

Na­tional Park Week Fee-Free Week­end

Come cel­e­brate “Amer­ica’s Best Idea” and ex­plore your na­tional parks for free! When: Satur­day and Sun­day

Where: All feecharg­ing na­tional parks are free, in­clud­ing Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park, Pu‘uhonua o Honau­nau Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Park in Kona and Haleakala Na­tional Park on Maui.

Na­tional Park Rx Day

Join the grow­ing move­ment to pre­scribe parks and na­ture for the im­prove­ment of our health. Among the “pre­scrip­tions” are: a morn­ing yoga ses­sion with Danielle Makaike from 9-10 a.m.; var­i­ous pre­sen­ta­tions in­clud­ing lomilomi (Hawai­ian mas­sage) and kalo (taro) from 10 a.m.-noon; and a “Walk with a Doc” from noon-1 p.m. with Dr. Craig Kadooka. Other pre­sen­ters in­clude Hilo Med­i­cal Cen­ter, HMSA Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment, state De­part­ment of Health and Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi.

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun­day

Where: Ki­lauea Vis­i­tor Cen­ter lanai

Weave Ulana Niu (Co­conut Fronds)

Learn how to weave co­conut fronds into beau­ti­ful items.

The co­conut palm is one of the most use­ful and im­por­tant plants in the world. Part of Hawaii Vol­ca­noes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (Ex­pe­ri­ence the Skill­ful Work) work­shops. Free.

When: 10 a.m.-noon Wed­nes­day

Where: Ki­lauea Vis­i­tor Cen­ter lanai

Ki­lauea Vol­cano’s Sum­mit Erup­tion: Nine Years and Count­ing

On March 19, 2008, a new vol­canic vent opened in Halema‘uma‘u Crater at Ki­lauea Vol­cano’s sum­mit. Nine years later, the erup­tion con­tin­ues.

The vent has grown to a gap­ing crater that’s roughly 195 by 255 me­ters (about 640 by 840 feet) in size. A lava lake within the vent rises and falls, with spat­ter­ing on the lake sur­face some­times vis­i­ble from the Jag­gar Mu­seum ob­ser­va­tion deck. USGS Hawai­ian Vol­cano Ob­ser­va­tory ge­ol­o­gist Matt Pa­trick presents an up­date and over­view on the sum­mit erup­tion, in­clud­ing stun­ning im­agery. Part of Hawaii Vol­ca­noes’ on­go­ing Af­ter Dark in the Park se­ries. Free.

When: 7 p.m. Tues­day

Where: Ki­lauea Vis­i­tor Cen­ter Au­di­to­rium


An aerial view of Halema‘uma‘u crater.

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