‘Talk story’ with hula, cultural practitioner at VAC

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    Noe Noe Wong-Wilson will be the featured guest for Hula Voices on May 3 at the Volcano Art Center.

Volcano Art Center’s 2018 Hula Voices series continues from 7-8 p.m. May 3 with special guest Noe Noe Wong-Wilson.

Each month, Hula Voices presents an engaging, intimate “talk story” session with Hawaii Island’s hula practitioners, as they share their hula genealogy, traditions, protocols and experiences. These free, educational offerings occur regularly on the first Thursday of each month at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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The May 3 program will feature Wong-Wilson with moderator Desiree Moana Cruz. Wong-Wilson is executive director of the nonprofit organization Lalakea Foundation and project director of Ka ʻAha Hula ʻO Halauaola 2018.

Wong-Wilson is a Hawaiian hula and cultural practitioner and has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology specializing in Hawaiian cultural anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, a master’s in Pacific Islands studies from UH-Manoa and a Doctor of Philosophy from University of Waikato’s School of Maori and Indigenous Studies.

She is a longtime resident of Hilo and serves as president of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Hilo.

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Hula Voices is supported in part by a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii County Department of Research and Development and individual funding from members of the Volcano Art Center’s ʻohana. National park entrance fees may apply.

For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.