Hawaii: Volcanoes park lets you in free for cultural fest and sights

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will offer free admission and cultural enrichment on July 13 at its annual Cultural Festival, now in its 33rd year.

The festival will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park service’s Kahua Hula (traditional hula platform) south of the Kilauea Visitor Center.

The festival, expected to attract about 5,000 people, preserves and perpetuates Hawaiian culture. Visitors can participate in activities such as learning to strum the ukulele, weaving coconut baskets and playing traditional island games.

Demonstrations will also show guests how to weave a lauhala hat from the tree’s leaves, sew a feather lei and use plants for medicinal purposes. Some of the craftspeople will also be selling their wares.

Plate lunches and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold.

Hula dancers and musicians will perform for the crowd, a mix of tourists and Big Island residents.


Info: (808) 985-6011