Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture, After Dark in the Park talks and opportunities to explore the Kahuku Unit during October.
Visitors are encouraged to check the park’s online calendar of events (www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/calendar.htm) and look for program fliers posted after 9:30 a.m. on the bulletin board at Kilauea Visitor Center to discover what the park has to offer, including several ongoing events.
Park programs are free, but entrance fees apply.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
Why Hawaiian Honey May Be the Best on Earth
Join local beekeepers and representatives from the Big Island Beekeepers Association to learn more about island varieties of honey and taste some varieties firsthand. Hawaii is one of the few places on the planet that exposes honeybees to a vast variety of tropical fruit trees and flowers — some found nowhere else. Part of the After Dark in the Park series.
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15
Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Lei Kukui Demonstration
Join park rangers to learn about one of the most used plants in Hawaiian culture. Nearly every part of the kukui has a use. Hipu‘u is a style of lei making where you tie the stems of the leaves together to produce a beautiful lei. Learn how to make your own lei kukui. Part of the ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops.
When: 10 a.m. and noon Wednesday, Oct. 23
Where: Meet in front of Kilauea Visitor Center.
Kahuku Coffee Talk: Creatures That Have Evolved in the Dark
Join local experts to learn about lava tubes and some of the interesting animals that call them home.
When: 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25
Where: Meet at the Visitor Contact Station at the Kahuku Unit. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Kahuku is located in Ka‘u, and is about a one-hour drive south from the park’s main entrance.