Hawaii Volcanoes National Park February 2020 Events

  • NPS Photo/Janice Wei Living history actor Dick Hershberger portrays Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, in a free program held on Tuesdays in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues to share Hawaiian culture, stewardship programs and opportunities to explore the Kahuku Unit throughout February 2020.

The following events are free, but entrance fees may apply. Some programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawaii Pacific Parks Association.

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Spotlight on artist Diana Miller

Join us for a fascinating program highlighting the works of local artist and part-time park ranger, Diana Miller. From her early days as an art major, to her career with the U.S. Air Force painting nose-art on aircraft, to her works celebrating native Hawaii, learn what inspires this local artist. Part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free. Park entrance fees apply.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Music in the American Wild

The American Wild Ensemble was formed to celebrate and tour our national parks. They’ve performed in unconventional venues, from caves to mountaintops, commissioning new works and performing them in site-inspired and site-specific locations. Join us for an evening concert with ensemble directors Emlyn Johnson (flute) and Daniel Ketter (cello) as they present a contemporary classical program featuring new works by Hawai‘i resident and Hawaii-born composers. Part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free. Park entrance fees apply.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 11; seating begins at 6:30 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m.

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Ki‘i Carving Demonstration

Hawaiians carved ki‘i (statues) to represent forces of nature, gods, guardians and the spirit world. Acclaimed artist James Kanani Kaulukukui Jr. will share his expertise and the essential role these ki‘i played in Hawaiian society. With a carrot, you’ll learn how to make your own ki‘i. Part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. Park entrance fees apply.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai

Concert with Christy Lassiter &Friends

This talented trio plays traditional Hawaiian music and have performed together for several years. They are devoted to the perpetuation of the old Hawaiian songs they grew up hearing in their homes. The use of guitar, ‘ukulele, bass and three-part harmonies create a memorable and enjoyable musical experience. Part of the Na Leo Manu (Heavenly Voices) Hawaiian music concert program. Free. Park entrance fees apply.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 19; seating begins at 6:30 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m.

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Hu (Kukui Nut Top) Demonstration

Early Hawaiians devoted much of their time to games, amusements and relaxing. Top spinning was an absorbing activity for children and making hu (kukui-nut top) was equally engaging. Join rangers and staff from Hawaii Pacific Parks Association as they share their knowledge and love of one of the most popular traditional arts of Hawaii. Part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. Park entrance fees apply.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai

Stewardship of Kipukapuaulu

Help remove troublesome plants at Kipukapuaulu, home to diverse native forest and understory plants. Bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, a hat, and water. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting permanently stained from morning glory sap. Be prepared for cool and wet or hot and sunny weather. New volunteer? Contact Marilyn Nicholson for more information at nickem@hawaii.rr.com.

When: Every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27)

Where: Meet at the Kipukapuaulu parking lot, Mauna Loa Road, off Highway 11 in the park.

Stewardship at the Summit

Volunteer to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in HVNP, a World Heritage Site. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Under 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Visit the park website for additional planning details: https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm

When: Feb. 1, 7, 15, 21, 28. Meet at 8:45 a.m.

Where: Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kilauea Visitor Center on any of the above dates.

A Walk into the Past with Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar

Walk back to 1912, and meet the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, at the edge of Kilauea Volcano. Dressed in period costume, Ka‘u actor-director Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist to life. Dr. Jaggar will take you on a tour of his tiny lab located below the Volcano House to see original seismograph equipment and other early instruments. You’ll learn what motivated Dr. Jaggar to dedicate his life to the study of Hawaiian volcanoes, and how his work helps save lives today. Space is limited; pick up your free ticket at the Kilauea Visitor Center’s front desk the day of the program. Program includes climbing stairs and entering a confined space. Supported by the Kilauea Drama Entertainment Network (KDEN). Free. Park entrance fees apply.

When: Every Tuesday, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Each performance is about an hour.

Where: Meet at Kilauea Visitor Center

Explore Kahuku

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The Kahuku Unit is free, and is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Take a self-guided hike, or join rangers on weekends for a two-hour guided trek at 9:30 a.m. Enter the Kahuku Unit of HVNP on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5.

Kahuku is located in Ka‘u, and is about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes.

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