VAC presents Hula Kahiko performance

Photo courtesy of PELE KAIO Kumu hula Pele Kaio with Unulau will perform on Saturday in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The Volcano Art Center’s 2018 Hula Kahiko series continues from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday with a performance by kumu hula Pele Kaio with Unulau.

From Hawaii Community College’s Unukupukupu, Kaio combines ancestral knowledge with the rigors of academia to present the haumana of Unulau. More than just the performative folk culture of Hawaii, these dancers express hula as a process for deep inner reflection and analysis. Through hula they define and exercise their unique contribution to the world we live in.

The 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 the 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.

Held in conjunction with the Hula Kahiko performance, join Native Hawaiian cultural specialist Loke Kamanu and her ‘ohana on the lanai of the Volcano Art Gallery as they share with you na mea hula (all things hula).

Come and learn a hula, use various hula implements and try your hand at lei making. Experience the different aspects that play an integral role in the life of the hula dancer. These cultural demonstrations are hands-on and family friendly and occur from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Hula Kahiko performance days.

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

For more information, visit or call 967-8222.