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Hula Kahiko at Volcano Art Center

Posted June 6, 2017, 10:07 AM HST
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Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani ‘E will perform in the Volcano Art Center’s Hula Kahiko series on June 24, 2017. Courtesy photo.

The Volcano Art Center’s 2017 Hula Kahiko series continues on Saturday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. with a performance by Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani ‘E under the direction of Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima.

Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani ‘E was founded in 1986 to coordinate cultural education programs that benefit Hawai‘i communities. Students in the hālau, ranging in age from keiki to kūpuna, are taught all aspects of the hula tradition, including the practice of traditional Hawaiian values.

This year, the hālau competed in the Merrie Monarch Hula Competition.

Kumu Hula Kalima was born and raised in Keaukaha Homestead in Hilo. Her hula roots stem back from her great-grandmother Kapeka, who was a chanter for Queen Lili‘uokalani, and her grandfather, Joseph Nohea Kalima Sr., who composed the famous Hilo Hula mele.

Kalima began dancing at the age of 8 under the direction of Uncle George Lanakilakeikiahiali‘i Na‘ope.

Kalimae graduated (‘uniki) and received her na kumu palapala in 1982. Through the tutelage of Uncle George and her family’s upbringing, she developed a deep love for her culture and now devotes her time to continue the preservation of hula.

These performances are presented authentically in an outdoor setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats.

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Held in conjunction with the Hula Kahiko performances, the public is invited to join Native Hawaiian culture specialist Loke Kamanu and her ʻohana as they set up shop on the lānai of the Volcano Art Gallery from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Presenting a display of “Na Mea Hula” (all things hula), Kamanu will share a variety of instruments, implements and lei styles that play an integral role in the life of the hula practitioner. This memorable demonstration is hands-on and family-friendly.

These free events at the VAC Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is supported in part by a grant from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, the County of Hawaiʻi and individual funding from members of the Volcano Art Center’s ʻOhana.

National Park entrance fees may apply.

About the Volcano Art Center
The Volcano Art Center is a nonprofit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or call  (808) 967-8222 for more information.

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