Park plans special events

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout October. These programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply. Mark your calendars for three upcoming events:

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout October. These programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply. Mark your calendars for three upcoming events:

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l “Nona Beamer: A Legacy of Aloha” is a portrait in film painted with the words of some of the people profoundly affected by this remarkable Hawaiian woman. Aunty Nona was a musician, hula dancer, composer and teacher at a time when Hawaiian culture was still being suppressed in Hawaii.

She was a major force behind the Cultural Renaissance of the 1970s that helped restore dignity and pride to Hawaiians. Join filmmaker Linda Kane for a screening of this remarkable film as part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m., in the Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.

l Lito Arkangel in Concert. Singer/songwriter Lito Arkangel is a popular Hawaii Island entertainer, and he shares his original compositions and other Hawaiian favorites in this special concert at the park. Arkangel has performed at many establishments around the island, and collaborates with artists such as Rupert Tripp Jr. & Ohana, the Ahuna Ohana, Piggy Kaleohano, Damon Williams, and many more.

This concert is part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ongoing Na Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations and will be on Oct. 17, from 6:30-8 p.m., with doors open at 6:15 p.m. at the Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.

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l The Palila’s Future: Restoring a Mamane Forest on Mauna Kea. High above the clouds on the slopes of Mauna Kea, the dry forest harbors the critically endangered Hawaiian finch, the palila. This mamane and naio forest has been severely degraded by grazing animals for more than 200 years, and so has the palila’s population.

Today, the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project is actively restoring the forest through volunteer out-planting and seed-scatter projects. Volunteer Coordinator Jackson Bauer will discuss the restoration of this rarely visited forest and its feathery inhabitants on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., again in the Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium.

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