Wed, Jan 23 show features 'Passions of Pele.'
January is Volcano Awareness Month, and marks the 30th anniversary of Kīlauea's East Rift Zone eruption, which began on January 3, 1983, and continues today. During the past year, lava flows buried the last occupied home in the Royal Gardens subdivision, bringing the total to 214 structures destroyed by lava since the eruption began. This destruction on Kīlauea's south flank is a reminder of why it's important to understand how Hawaiian volcanoes work.
At Hilo's historic Palace Theater, the weekly live stage presentation continues to feature Volcano Awareness Month by exploring the history and culture of Hawai`i’s volcanoes. The series began with Pele’s arrival in Hawai`i, and her displacement of the volcanic deity `Ai La`au. In the second show, audiences learned about her search for a husband, and her betrayal of Hi`iaka. This Wednesday, January 23, the stories reveal Pele's tempestous nature in love.
Join Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah in this local's-eye-view of Hawai'i Island each Wednesday in Hilo's historic Palace Theater. Through traditional chant and storytelling, music, hula, and video featurettes, award-winning storyteller Leilehua explores the history and culture of Hawai'i Island through hula, storytelling, music, and video.
Topics and films change weekly as the program revolves around the Hawaiian lunar calendar, and surprise guests and musicians often appear. The show also features Rick Mazerowski on the theater's historic pipe organ, playing some of Hawai'i's most beloved melodies.11:00 to 11:45am. Admission: $5; keiki (children) free. Palace Theater, 38 Haili St. Hilo. Call 934-7010 for more information.