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Hawaiian Culture Month

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Hawaiian Culture Month

March is  #HawaiianCultureMonth  at all of our Hawaiʻi national park stores. Find books, music, videos, cultural events and more to help you connect to the culture and deepen your understanding.

Visiting our partner Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park? Make sure to stop at Jaggar Museum (location of the famous lava lake overlook platform), to enjoy the Herb Kane depiction of the pantheon of Hawaiian gods and goddesses. The celebrated painter created timeless visions of Pele, her extended family, the god Kamapuaʻa, and more. Take your interest deeper in the pages of his book “Pele – Goddess of Hawaii’s Volcanoes.”

Pele and Hawaiian Legends

Pele - Goddess of Hawaiʻi's Volcanoes

Pele the Volcano Goddess Coloring Book

Hawaiʻi Island Legends

Hawaiʻi Island Legends - Pele Pikoi, and Others 

Hula, the sacred dance of Hawaiʻi, is generally performed at HPPA-supported cultural festivals at our partner national parks during cultural festivals and demonstrations. To support the perpetuation of hula, we carry hula books, music, and more in our park stores and online.

HULA and MELE

The Sacred Songs of Hula

The Sacred Songs of Hula 

Kumu Hula–Roots and Branches

Kumu Hula–Roots and Branches

ʻOhe Hano Ihu- The Hawaiian Bamboo Nose Flute

ʻOhe Hano Ihu - Bamboo Nose Flute

Konane

In pre-contact Hawaiʻi, games were a way to train the brain and reflexes, and teach strategizing, as well as a fun way to pass the time. Some, like kōnane (sort of a blend of the western checkers and chess), were a fun game for kids but a serious tool of battle strategy for adults. We carry a selection of Hawaiian games for kids of all ages.

Hawaiian games

Konane Hawaiian Board Game

Konane–Hawaiian Board Game

Hū: Hawaiian Spinning Kukui Nut Top

Hū: Hawaiian Spinning Kukui Nut Top

Kūkulu: Hawaiian Playing Cards

Kūkulu: Hawaiian Playing Cards

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  • Alan Ohara