Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park July Events Schedule

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Kids examine insects with an entomologist in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. NPS Photo.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park invites the public to attend its Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park (ADIP) programs. The park is also seeking volunteers for its Stewardship at the Summit (SAS) program to help save native rainforests within the park.

All ADIP, SAS and Hawaiian cultural programs are free to attend, but park entrance fees apply.

The scheduled events in July are:

Stewardship at the Summit


Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in the park. Participants are asked to wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants, and to bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. No advance registration is required for groups under six people. Visit the park website for details.

  • When: July 1, 7, 15, 21 and 29, at 9 a.m.
  • Where: Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. on any of the above dates.

37th Annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival & BioBlitz at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park!

All ages are invited to enjoy authentic Hawaiian cultural practices and learn about the Hawaiian tradition of land stewardship. The festival will include hula, music and crafts, as well as a “BioBlitz” with scientists and cultural practitioners to learn about the biodiversity of the park.

  • When: Saturday, July 8 – Cultural Festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., BioBlitz activities from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Military Camp

What We Can Do Now to Data Recorded Way Back When


Part of the ADIP series, USGS Hawai‘i Volcanoes Observatory (HVO) Geophysicist Paul Okubo will present the evolving science of seismology and seismograms over the observatoryʻs first 100 years. With the introduction of digital data recording and analysis, scientists are now challenged with applying current techniques to historic paper seismic records.

  • When: Tuesday, July 11, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Lei Making Demo

Cultural practitioner Pua O’Mahoney will teach traditional Hawaiian lei-making using natural materials like leaves, flowers and more. The Hawaiian lei is used for adornments, blessings, rituals, gifts and as an expression of love and celebration. The activity is part of of the parkʻs ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops.

  • When: Wednesday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Nā Wai Chamber Choir Performs


Based in Honolulu, the Nā Wai Chamber Choir is a professional women’s vocal ensemble that celebrates the works of women and preserves and propagates Native Hawaiian music both past and present. Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan leads the choir on their Moku o Keawe tour. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ADIP series.

  • When: Tuesday, July 18, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Hālau Nā Pua o Uluhaimālama Performance

Hālau Nā Pua o Uluhaimālama, from Hawai‘i Island, is a hula dance troupe that perpetuates the culture and art of hula. Led by Kumu Hula Emery Aceret, a student of the revered Kumu Hula Ray Fonseca, the troupe has participated in many noteworthy hula competitions. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations.

  • When: Wednesday, July 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Vespers at Hānaiakamālama

Vespers at Hānaiakamālama is a one-woman show following the life of Queen Emma. University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Performing Arts Graduate, Denyse Woo-Ockerman, brings the audience into Queen Emma’s home as she contemplates her life, rich in family history and the weight of unexpected tragedy. Married to King Kamehameha IV, Alexander Liholiho, Emma reveals her resilience as they attempt to build a better life for all Hawaiians during a time of great change. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series.

  • When: Tuesday, July 25, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

‘Ohe Kāpala Demonstration

Learn to create designs from traditional patterns using bamboo stamps (‘ohe kāpala). Originally used to decorate clothing with symbolic meaning, ‘ohe kāpala are now used to tell stories on a wide variety of modern materials. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops.

  • When: Wednesday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

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