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



March 24, 2018 – Mahi ʻAi; After the Makahiki, the farmer’s work begins in earnest. The winter rains have softened the fields and it is time for the farmer to plant again. Placed within the context of the ahupuaʻa system, hosts and guest share the difference between kanu plants and canoe plants, traditions of cultivation, and how the kapu system of sacred laws is integrated with the agricultural and aquacultural systems. Visitors can participate in a short ceremony to close the Makahiki. Seed plants will be available for island residents to take home.



April 28, 2018 – Moʻolelo and Kaʻao, Traditional Hawaiian Storytelling; An exploration of Hawaiian traditions of storytelling, including hula and hei, and their role in preserving technical information and history. Both moʻolelo and kaʻao will be told, and the difference between them discussed. Host and guest presenters will tell stories of the month’s stars using traditional storytelling techniques, hula, and hei. Visitors will participate by learning a simple hula and making simple hei figures.




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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