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


Saturday, May 27th, 2017 -  Ke Lei Maila o Ka'ula i ke kai...



Traditional chants and modern songs tell about the lei, children are named for lei, and no occasion is complete without them.

More than flowers on a string, lei are an important part of Hawaiian cultural heritage, and the vocabulary of the lei informs much of Hawaiian poetry, philosophy, and world view. In this month's Ma Lalo o ka Pō Lani evening cultural program, Leilehua Yuen, author of Hua ʻŌlelo Lei, talks about the literal and symbolic language of the lei, as well as how the lei is a metaphor for the ecosystem of Hawaiʻi.
She and her husband Manu Josiah also will share stories, chants, songs, and hula of the lei, Hawai`i’s iconic garland. 

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