Kohala Hongwanji announces Obon program
Obon is a time to remember and celebrate ancestors, especially those who have recently died.
A graveyard service planned for 5 p.m. July 7 begins the festivities at the Kohala Hongwanji Mission. The church service is set for 6 p.m. followed by a Bon dance and concessions at 7.
Dance practices will be held on the temple grounds at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The public is invited to attend.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout July. These programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply.
c “Virtual Seismology,” part of the After Dark in the Park series, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium. Wes Thelen, seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will introduce new online tools available for the public to interpret earthquakes. With a basic understanding of the available tools, individuals will be able to explore both tectonic and volcanic seismicity in Hawaii and around the world.
c This year marks the 25th anniversary of the park’s designation as a World Heritage Site. As part of its ongoing celebration, professor Jonathan Price of the University of Hawaii-Hilo, explains the connection between Hawaii’s native endemic birds and ancient flowers in “Hawaii’s Bird Pollinators: A Love Story.” Part of the After Dark in the Park series, it will be held at 7 p.m. July 10 at the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium.
c The park’s 32nd annual cultural festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14 at Kahua Hula (traditional hula platform) at Kaauea, near Volcano Art Center. This year, the festival promotes the importance and understanding of hula kahiko, traditional arts and crafts and contemporary Hawaiian music. Featured hula halau include Keiki o Halau o Kekuhi, Halau Ulumamo o Hilo Paliku, Halau Hula O Kahikilaulani and Halau Haa Kea o Kinohi. Musical entertainers include the band Manailehua and Diana Aki. This is a fee-free day.
c An Evening of Music with Hilo One, part of the park’s ongoing Na Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations, is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 18 at the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium. R. Likeke Teanio on lead guitar, ukulele and vocals; Aaron Agres on electric upright bass and vocals; and Kahele Miura on acoustic 12-string rhythm guitar and vocals will perform.
c The After Dark in the Park series continues at 7 p.m. July 24 at the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium with “Hawaiian Quilting: Stitching a Legacy.” Roberta H. Muller learned the art of Hawaiian quilting literally at her grandmother, Theresa Iseke Quinn’s, feet. Today, Muller is widely recognized for her skillful work on many large quilts in the traditional Hawaiian style, and for teaching and sharing this craft.
c Park ranger Jaeneise Cuison demonstrates the art of kii pohaku, or carving into rock, from 10 a.m. to noon July 25 at the Kilauea Visitor Center lanai. Attendees of all ages may simply watch and learn, or join in and make their own kii pohaku to take home. It is part of the park’s ongoing Ike Hana Noeau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.