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Call for Cultural Practitioners at Haleakalā National Park

March 12, 2015
Bolly Helekahi helps a visitor make a coconut leaf hat.

Bolly Helekahi helps a visitor make a coconut leaf hat.

Haleakalā National Park seeks cultural practitioners from local communities for Hana No`eau, a series of cultural demonstrations that will be offered in the park’s Kīpahulu and Summit Districts. Hana No`eau refers to honoring and demonstrating Native Hawaiian traditions. The series is in its second year and is open to all practitioners. Schools and community youth groups are especially encouraged to apply. Demonstrations may include hula, music, or other Native Hawaiian arts or crafts.

Pi`ilani Lua helps a visitor with a haku lei.

Pi`ilani Lua helps a visitor with a haku lei.

Patricia Gomez makes a feather flower.

Patricia Gomez makes a feather flower.

Through support from the park’s non-profit partner, the Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association, an honorarium of $200 will be offered to each group of practitioners. The series will run from early June through late August. To correspond with times of heaviest visitation, Kīpahulu District cultural demonstrations will occur between 1pm and 3pm on Sundays and Mondays. Summit District demonstrations will occur between 10am and 12pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

A visitor plays `ulu maika (lawn bowling).

A visitor plays `ulu maika (lawn bowling).

Gordean Kakalia displays sennit used in weaving.

Gordean Kakalia displays sennit used in weaving.

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2015. Applications and instructions on how to apply can be found at any Haleakalā National Park visitor center or online at http://www.nps.gov/hale/getinvolved/index.htm.

Judy Kinser dances hula.

Judy Kinser dances hula.

Visitors follow Judy Kinser's dance steps.

Visitors follow Judy Kinser’s dance steps.

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