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


November 25, 2017 – Makahiki, the Hawaiian New Year; Practices and purposes of the Hawaiian New Year celebrations are explored in this program. The lights dim as the ʻohe hano ihu plays, and a starfield appears on the screen. Nā Huihui o Makaliʻi rises, in a few days followed by the Hilo moon, and the Makahiki has begun. A brief discussion of the different Makahiki traditions practiced on different islands, and then the Makahiki as celebrated on Hawaiʻi Island in greater detail. Chants and hula pertaining to the season are presented. Some visitors may be selected to help demonstrate some Makahiki games. The visitors are encouraged to participate in the contemporary festivals of Makahiki which are celebrated throughout the islands.


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