Volcanoes Park to Celebrate Centennial in July
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park celebrates its 100th anniversary in this year, continuing its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park public programs in July.
All ADIP and Hawaiian cultural programs are free, but park entrance fees apply.
To find out what’s happening throughout 2016, visit the park website.
It’s also the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. To find centennial events at other national parks, visit FindYourPark.com.
Programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association.
Centennial Hike: Kīpukapuaulu
Saturday, July 2, 9:30 a.m. to about 11:30
Meet at the Kīpukapuaulu trailhead
Dr. Rhonda Loh will lead an easy 1.2-mile hike through the park’s inaugural Special Ecological Area in Kīpukapuaulu. This forested area is considered a “hot spot” of biological diversity, with more native tree species per acre than any other forest in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The essence of this treasured habitat is captured in its name: kīpuka (island of ancient vegetation surrounded by a sea of younger lava flows), pua (flower) and ulu (growing)—a fertile oasis of flourishing plants. Sturdy footwear, water, light raingear, sun protection and a snack are recommended.
Kāpili Manu and Haku Hulu – Hawaiian Bird Catching and Feather Work
Wednesday, July 6, 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Join Park Ranger Noah Gomes and learn about the historic art of catching beautiful and unique birds for featherwork in Hawai‘i. Create a small piece of featherwork for yourself. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops.
What’s Buggin’ the Mountain?
Tuesday, July 12, 7 p.m.
Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
The alpine and subalpine environments on Maunakea support a diversity of native and endemic insects. Heather Stever and Jessica Kirkpatrick present their thesis research on the diversity of insects on different plant types in the subalpine community, and the distribution of wekiu bugs on cinder cones in the alpine stone desert. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series.
Kanaka Tree Performs
Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Come and listen to Hawaiian music by Kanaka Tree. Kiliona Moku Young, T.R. Ireland, Kalei Young and the Young ‘ohana will blend the classic sounds of Hawaiian music with fresh rhythms and melodies. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations.
Centennial Series After Dark in the Park: Salt Production Sites Along the Rugged Park Coastline
When: Tues., July 26, 7 p.m.
Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Park Archeologist Summer Roper reveals the importance and history of pa‘akai (salt) production sites in the park.
Ku‘i Kalo – Pound Poi
Wednesday, July 27, 10 a.m. to noon
Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Made from the root of the kalo plant, poi is the traditional staple of the Hawaiian diet. Experience this nutritious and special food. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops.
Centennial Hike: Salt Production Sites Along the Rugged Park Coastline
Saturday, July 30, 9 to about 10:30 a.m.
Meet at the parking lot after Pu‘u Loa Petroglyph Trailhead on Chain of Craters Road
Join Park Archeologist Summer Roper on a two-mile roundtrip hike to the extensive remnants of pa‘akai gathering sites along the coast and learn how the residents of this area used a unique method to extract the salt—a crucial resource to sustaining life on this dense lava landscape. Sturdy footwear, water, light rain gear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended. A moderately easy hike, but expect hot and dry summer conditions.