For the 33rd time, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on July 13 will host the Annual Cultural Festival. The festival is free, and park entrance fees are waived all day.
This year's festival, which runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., will be presented at the park's Kahua Hula (traditional hula platform) at Ka'auea, south of Kīlauea Visitor Center. This annual, one-day gala event is extremely popular with the Hawai'i Island community and visitors alike. As many as 5,000 people are expected to attend.
Festival entertainment is an extravaganza of traditional Hawaiian culture, and includes performances by such notable hula groups and entertainers as Keiki o Hālau o Kekuhi, Hālau Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū, Hula Hālau Ke 'Ōlu Makani o Mauna Loa, Leabert Lindsey, Ben Ka'ili, and Diana Aki.
Festival participants can learn to strum the ukulele, play Hawaiian games, weave a coconut basket and lauhala bracelet, make feather kahili, and traditional lei. They can savor the flavors of Hawaii by sampling taro, sweet potato, sugar cane, and breadfruit. Skillful cultural practitioners will demonstrate how to beat kapa, weave a lauhala hat, sew a feather lei, plant a native garden, use plants as medicine, and more.
This event honors, preserves and perpetuates Hawaiian culture and supports Hawaiian programs, practitioners, hālau and musicians. Wear sunscreen and a hat. Bring water, rain jacket, and ground mat or chair. No pets. Hawaiian crafts, plate lunches, non-alcoholic beverages, and festival T-shirts will be offered for sale.