Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is Open With These Upcoming Events

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture, guided hikes, After Dark in the Park talks and other programs throughout October.

Park programs are free, but entrance fees apply. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

‘Ike Hana No‘eau

Cultural demonstrations and activities each Saturday throughout October. Free; supplies provided.

When: 12:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Where: Kahuku Visitor Contact Station

Kahuku Orientation Talk

Come meet with a park ranger.

When: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays

Where: Kahuku Visitor Contact Station

Guided Hikes

Explore the park with a ranger. Bring sturdy footwear, water, rain gear and sun protection, and a snack is recommended.

When: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 and meet near the parking area.

Coffee Talk at Kahuku

Many cultural groups across the broad Pacific were known for transporting themselves, plants, animals and their cultures in ocean-going canoes, often across great distances. Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa will share his knowledge and experience of these marvelous canoes.

Coffee talks are hosted the last Friday of every month. Coffee, tea and pastries will be available for purchase.

When: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26

Where: Kahuku Visitor Center

After Dark in the Park

Ope‘ape‘a: The Hawaiian Bat

Hawaii has a single native land mammal, the Hawaiian hoary bat. Join Corinna Pinzari, bat biologist with Hawaii Cooperative Studies Unit, and Kristina Montoya-Aiona, zoologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, as they present recent scientific findings about what is known about the elusive behavior of ope‘ape‘a. There also will be discussion about a newly described but extinct bat, Synemporion keana, known only from lava tube fossils, as well as some of the latest research investigating the daytime lives of the island’s tree-roosting bats.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 9.

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium

‘Ike Hana No‘eau

‘Ai pono — healthy eating.

Visit Aunty Edna Baldado as she discusses eating and living healthier with native Hawaiian foods such as kalo (taro), uala (sweet potato) and ulu (breadfruit).

When: 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 17

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center

After Dark in the Park

Join Martha Noyes, author of “Then There Were None,” for Woven Strands and Braided Cords: Philosophy and Metaphysics in Precontact Hawaiian Astronomy, which addresses essential elements of Hawaiian philosophy and metaphysics embedded in precontact Hawaiian cultural astronomy.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 30

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium

‘Ike Hana No‘eau


Makahiki season is the ancient Hawaiian New Year festival. It is celebrated in three phases. One phase involves playing games. Join Amy Ka‘awaloa as she shares her knowledge about these events and the importance to the culture.

When: 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 31

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center

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