Hula Kahiko at Volcano Art Center

December 11, 2017, 2:31 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:17 PM
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Hālau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Kuʻualoha will perform Hula Kahiko in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on Dec. 16. Courtesy photo.

The Volcano Art Center’s 2017 Hula Kahiko series concludes on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, with
a performance at at 10:30 a.m. featuring Kumu Hula Sammye Ku‘ualoha Young with Hālau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Kuʻualoha.

Hālau Na Lei Hiwahiwa ʻo Kuʻualoha was founded in 2008 by Kumu Young, who starting taking hula lessons at age 12 as a student of the late Kumu Hula Rae Fonseca in Hilo.

She started her hālau after receiving her ‘uniki, hula’s graduation ceremony, from Fonseca in 2007.

Kumu Young’s Hālau performed in the Merrie Monarch competition in 2014.

This performance is part of a year-round series sponsored by the Volcano Art Center.


For the series, hula hālau from across Hawaiʻi are invited to perform each month in a one-of- a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.


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.

Held in conjunction with the Hula Kahiko performances, the public is invited to join Kumu Hula
Kahoʻokele Crabbe and members of Halauolaokalani on the lānai of the Volcano Art Gallery from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Presenting a lovely display of na mea hula (all things hula), hālau members 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 are supported in part by a grant from the County of Hawaiʻi Department of Research and Development and the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and individual funding from members of the Volcano Art Center’s ʻohana.

National Park entrance fees may apply.

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 or call (808) 967-8222 for more information.

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