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Hula Kahiko: Young, halau to perform at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The Volcano Art Center’s 2017 Hula Kahiko series concludes at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with a performance featuring kumu hula Sammye Ku‘ualoha Young with Halau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku‘ualoha.

Halau Na Lei Hiwahiwa o Ku‘ualoha was founded in 2008 by Young, who starting taking hula lessons at age 12 as a student of the late kumu hula Rae Fonseca in Hilo. Young started her halau after receiving her ‘uniki, hula’s graduation ceremony, from Fonseca in 2007. The halau performed in the 2014 Merrie Monarch competition.

This performance is part of a year-round series sponsored by the Volcano Art Center. For the series, hula halau from throughout Hawaii are invited to perform each month in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (platform) in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The 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.

In conjunction with the Hula Kahiko performances, the public is invited to join kumu hula Kaho‘okele Crabbe and members of Halauolaokalani from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery for a display of Na Mea Hula (all things hula).

Halau members will share a variety of instruments, implements and lei styles that play an integral role in the life of the hula practitioner. The memorable demonstration is hands-on and family friendly.

The events are free but national park entrance fees might apply.

For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or call 967-8222.


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