Malalo o Ka Po Lani

On the fourth 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.


Upcoming Presentations



May 26, 2018 – Language of the Lei; The lei becomes a vehicle for understanding the importance of preserving language to preserve culture. Taking the premise that when words are lost, the ability to describe what they symbolize is lost, Leilehua Yuen, author of Hua ʻŌlelo Lei, uses the art of lei making to demonstrate how the loss of language has affected a cultural tradition, and offers practical suggestions that anyone can implement to help preserve native languages and cultures. Members of Hālau LeiManu help visitors to craft their own lei to take with them.  place place covered by waves [shoreline]

June 23, 2018 – Stories of the Summer Stars; The stars and constellations of summer illustrate stories which educate and entertain. As the stars are projected on screen, Taking pride of place at the center of the sky is Hōkūleʻa, Arcturus, the Star of Gladness, Hawaii’s zenith star. The guest presenter shares the story of the namesake sailing canoe which is the flagship of the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance. Somewhat south, a great fish is caught by Manaiakalani, Maui’s fishhook. Hānaiakamalama, or Hōkūkeʻaokamolehonua, Crux, swings above the shoulder of Mauna Loa, pointing the way to the ancestral homelands. The discussion explores why a given star may have many names. Visitors will be encouraged to participate in the VIS star party to practice what they have learned.


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