HVNP an­nounces Au­gust pro­grams

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Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park re­cently an­nounced its Hawai­ian cul­ture and Af­ter Dark in the Park pro­grams with the pub­lic for the month of Au­gust. In ad­di­tion, the com­mu­nity is in­vited to lend a hand in the Stew­ard­ship at the Sum­mit vol­un­teer pro­gram.

Stew­ard­ship at the Sum­mit

Vol­un­teers are needed to help re­move in­va­sive, non­na­tive plant species that pre­vent na­tive plants from grow­ing in Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park at 9 a.m. on Fri­day, Aug. 4, 11, 19 and 25. Wear sturdy hik­ing shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks and wa­ter. Gloves and tools are pro­vided. No ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired for groups un­der six peo­ple, and there is no cost to par­tic­i­pate, but park en­trance fees ap­ply. Meet pro­ject lead­ers at Ki­lauea Vis­i­tor Cen­ter at 8:45 a.m. on any of the above dates. Fee-free Fri­day There will be no en­try fee as­sessed on Aug. 25 to cel­e­brate the 101st an­niver­sary of the Na­tional Park Ser­vice. Pu­uhonua o Honau­nau Na­tional His­toir­cal Park will also be fee-free on Aug. 25. Haku hulu Learn about the an­cient Hawai­ian skill of feath­er­work from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 9 on the Ki­lauea Vis­i­tor Cen­ter lanai. Lo­cal prac­ti­tioner Pil­ialoha Johnson will in­tro­duce the beau­ti­ful art form that orig­i­nally uti­lized feath­ers of col­or­ful na­tive birds. Part of Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park’s Ike Hana Noeau “Ex­pe­ri­ence the Skill­ful Work” work­shops, the event is free, park en­trance fees ap­ply. Ka­hau­naele per­forms En­joy the en­chant­ing mele (mu­sic) of Kainani Ka­hau­naele who shares songs from her al­bums, “Nau Oe” and “Ohai Ula” from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Ki­lauea Vis­i­tor Cen­ter Au­di­to­rium. Ka­hau­naele is a Na Hoku Hanohano Award­win­ning per­former orig­i­nally from Kauai who now re­sides in Hilo and teaches Hawai­ian lan­guage at the univer­sity. Part of the on­go­ing Na Leo Manu “Heav­enly Voices” pre­sen­ta­tions, the per­for­mance is free, but park en­trance fees ap­ply. Ohana day lei mak­ing Be guided by cul­tural prac­ti­tioner and teacher Aolani Kail­i­hou in the tra­di­tional art of Hawai­ian lei mak­ing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 19 in the Kahuku Unit. As­cend Puu o Lokuana and learn about the his­tory of the Ka’u lands seen from the top. Kids 17 and un­der and their fam­i­lies must sign up by Aug. 11 to par­tic­i­pate. Call 9856019. Bring wa­ter, lunch and snacks, sun­screen, hat, long pants, shoes and re­us­able wa­ter bot­tle. Kahuku is lo­cated be­tween mile mark­ers 70 and 71 on High­way 11.

Pro­tect­ing and serv­ing HVNP vis­i­tors

Na­tional Park Ser­vice law en­force­ment rangers are re­spon­si­ble for more than just law en­force­ment. They also have ad­vanced life-sav­ing skills and are emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cians, search and res­cue spe­cial­ists, and more. Chief Ranger John Broward re­veals what it takes to be­come an NPS law en­force­ment ranger, and how the park’s pro­tec­tion staff work to keep vis­i­tors safe on the world’s most ac­tive vol­ca­noes, Ki­lauea and Mauna Loa, at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the Ki­lauea Vis­i­tor Cen­ter Au­di­to­rium. Part of the on­go­ing Af­ter Dark in the Park se­ries, the pre­sen­ta­tion is free, but park en­trance fees ap­ply.

Make the Hawai­ian game, palaie

Cre­ate your own tra­di­tional Hawai­ian game with nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 23 on the Ki­lauea Vis­i­tor Cen­ter. Palaie is a ball-and-loop game rarely en­coun­tered in mod­ern Hawaii. It is some­times played by keiki while chant­ing an­cient songs. Part of Ike Hana Noeau “Ex­pe­ri­ence the Skill­ful Work” work­shops, the event is free.


An erup­tion crew ranger en­sures vis­i­tor safety at the Kamokuna lava view­ing area on Feb. 24.

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