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Hula Kahiko Continues at Volcano Art Center on Feb. 17

February 11, 2018, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:06 PM
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Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani will perform Hula Kahiko in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on Feb. 17th. Courtesy photo.

The Volcano Art Center’s 2018 Hula Kahiko series will continue on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10:30 a.m. with a performance by Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani.

The Kumu hula of Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani are Ka‘ea Lyons and Lily Kahelelani Lyons, each over more than 35 years of hula experience. Both are native residents of Kalaoa, Kona and come from a family of hula dancers and musicians. As students of Hālau Nā Lei ‘O Kaholokū, under the direction of Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap and Leialoha Amina, the duo has performed in the annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, traveled to Japan, New Zealand, Tahiti, Taiwan and throughout the U.S.

Hula Kahiko is a year-round hula series sponsored by the Volcano Art Center. Hula hālau from across Hawaiʻi are invited to perform each month in an outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats as performances are held rain or shine to maintain their authenticity.

As part of the Hula Kahiko series, Kumu hula Moses Kahoʻokele Crabbe with Halauolaokalani will share hands-on demonstrations of “Nā Mea Hula” (all things hula) on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery. The public is invited to learn hula steps, use various hula elements and learn how to make leis. The demonstrations are family-friendly and occur from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Hula Kahiko performance days.

The events are free to attend. National park entrance fees may apply. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or call (808) 967-8222.

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