Abundant Aloha at Hawaiian Cultural Festival & BioBlitzJuly 10, 2017, 12:33 PM HST (Updated July 10, 2017, 12:40 PM)
Sunny skies, outstanding views of Mauna Loa and Kīlauea, and an outpouring of aloha from all who participated in the Hawaiian Cultural Festival & BioBlitz, made for a joyful Saturday at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
Although the official count isn’t in yet, park staff estimated that several thousand people, from keiki to kūpuna, from local residents to first-time visitors, enjoyed the annual event that celebrates and perpetuates authentic Hawaiian culture.
For the third year, the event connected people to science with BioBlitz field hikes.
The 37th annual Cultural Festival and BioBlitz were held on the grounds of Kīlauea Military Camp in the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Park entrance was free all day.
The festival’s theme, Hilina‘i Puna, Kālele iā Ka‘ū, (Puna leans and reclines on Ka‘ū), celebrates the two land districts that comprise the park. The event was sponsored by Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.