Malalo o Ka Po Lani
“The Winter Rains”
Kimo Pihana, Leilehua Yuen & Manu Josiah
“It’s raining, it’s pouring!” Join Kahu and Cultural Practitioner Kimo Pihana as well as husband and wife team Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah as they combine culture, science, chant, music, and hula to explore some perspectives on the renowned rains of Hawai`i.
Hawaiian precipitation deities are a diverse group, from Hinakulu`ua of the Pi`ihonua weather system, to Ka`u’s Kumauna, and Maunakea’s Lilinoe, each has a place in helping people understand the role of rain in the unique Hawaiian ecosystem. Today, we have added technologies such as weather balloons and satellite imaging to the human quest to understand the forces which we call “weather.”
Bring your questions and questing mind to January’s Ma Lalo o ka Pō Lani Mauna Kea Culture Night Program to explore folklore, legends, chants, hula, and some basic meteorology of Hawai`i’s weather, and a little about the effect Mauna Kea, the Pacific Basin’s largest mountain, has on our tropical weather.
On the third Saturday of the month, the VIS hosts Malalo o ka Po Lani, a special presentation covering cultural components that surround Mauna O Wakea. The presentation begins at 6:00 PM and is followed by the regular evening stargazing program.
Each month features a different speaker from the community who will speak about Mauna O Wakea from a cultural perspective.