Na Kūpuna O Ka‘ū hālau, performing at the 36th annual Kūpuna Hula Festival. They won third place in the Hui Puʻia (mixed) division, second in Tutu Wahine and Hui Kane, and third in Tutu Kane. Photo from Hawaiʻi Park & Rec/Laura Ruminski
THE 38TH ANNUAL HAWAIʻI KŪPUNA HULA FESTIVAL IS CANCELED. The annual event has drawn many kūpuna from Kaʻū who have done well in past competitions, many of them led by Kumu Hula Lorie Lei Shirakawa.
The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks & Recreation made the cancellation announcement Thursday, with regrets. The festival was initially scheduled for Sept. 7 - 8 at Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa
|Na Kūpuna O Ka‘ū, led by Lorie Lei Shirakawa.|
Photo from Hawaiʻi Park & Rec/Laura Ruminski
The statement says that Parks & Rec "looks forward to next year’s Annual Kūpuna Hula Festival, scheduled for September 13 - 14, 2023. For more information, call Elderly Recreation Services office in Hilo at 961-8710 or in Kona at 323-4340.
Desiree Moana Cruz demonstrates Hawaiian Poi Pounding during
an Experience Volcano Festival. Photo from Experience Volcano
The July 30 and 31 Experience Volcano Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
All vendor spaces are $50 for both days of the festival. Open vendor spots currently include Volcano Art Center & Volcano Garden Arts. There is a possibility of more vendor sites opening.
|The Keiki Run is part of the Experience Volcano Festival and 'Ohia Rainforest Runs,|
coming up July 30. Photo from Experience Volcano
Certification Program and Organic Certification Cost Share Program. They help cover the cost of organic certification and related expenses. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 31. Refer to the agency's press release for more information. See https://www.farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance/otecp and also https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/occsp/index.
See The Kaʻū Calendar June edition at
on newsstands and in the mail.