HVNP announces August programs
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.