Hula kahiko performance featuring Kumu Hula Kahoʻokele Crabbe and hālau Halauokalani. The hula performance is presented authentically in an outdoor setting, rain or shine without electronic amplification. The performance is part of a year-round series sponsored by the Volcano Art Center. Hula hālau from across Hawai‘i are invited to perform each month. These free events are supported by donations from members of the Volcano Art Center, a non-profit educational organization created in 1974 to perpetuate the cultural heritage of Hawai‘i’s people. More info: Hula Kahiko: Featuring Kumu hula Moses Kahoʻokele Crabbe with hālau Halauolaokalani – Volcano Art Center and Hula Performances – Volcano Art Center.
Audience members are encouraged bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats, and to arrive early as parking at the Visitor’s Center is limited, additional parking is available at the Steam Vents parking lot. While the performance is free, National Park entrance fees apply: Fees & Passes – Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
About Hālau Halauokalani
After graduating in 1995 at Puʻupueokapu, Waikane, Oʻahu with traditional ʻuniki ceremonies under his teacher kumu hula Robert Cazimero, kumu hula Moses Kahoʻokele Crabbe founded Halauolaokalani in 1999. Halauolaokalani is a branch of the hula family of Auntie Maiki Aiu Lake who was the teacher of Kumu Crabbe’s teacher, Robert Uluwehi Cazimero. The hālau will present traditional mele kahiko as taught to Kumu Crabbe by his kumu, Robert Uluwehi Cazimero of Halau Na Kamalei. The hālau’s performance this year will honor Auntie Dutchie Kapu Saffery who was the spiritual “mother” of the halau and to many in the community.
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