Nestled in the lush, cool rainforest, at almost 4,000 feet elevation, the Volcano community is a hotbed of arts and recreation activities. About 2,700 people call Volcano Village and surrounding subdivisions of Volcano Golf & Country Club, Cymbidium Acres, Volcano Farm Lots, Mauna Loa Estates, Ohia Estates, Royal Hawaiian Estates, and Hawaiian Orchid Isle Estates home. There is much to do for these lucky residents, as well as the many, many visitors to the area each year. Here is a run-down of some of the activities coming up in the Volcano area in the next few months:
This month’s gallery exhibition at the Volcano Art Center Gallery, next to the Hawaii Volcanoes Visitor Center in the national park, focuses on the native plant and animal species found in the national park. For those who like active nature, there is a one-hour Nature Walk, every Monday starting at 9:30 AM at the Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in the Village. And don’t forget the wonderful Jazz series that continues at the Niaulani Campus on May 16 at 4:30 PM. If stained glass is your thing, you might want to check out the Introductory Stained Glass workshop at 6:00 PM on May 21.
For information on all the wonderful activities offered by the Volcano Art Center, check out their calendar here.
This fun group puts on a musical play every summer at the venerable KMC Theater in the National Park. This summer, they are producing Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” Auditions will be held May 18 and 19 at 6:00 PM at the KMC Theater, and anyone is welcome to try out–the more the merrier! The show opens on July 10 and runs for 3 weekends of Friday and Saturday night performances, with matinees on Sundays. In addition to their annual summer musical, KDEN produces a Living History Program in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park every Tuesday, using local actors to portray Professor Thomas Jagger, who founded the first geological observatory in the Park in 1912. KDEN also sponsors the Volcano Festival Chorus, which rehearses during the Fall months for an annual Christmas concert. As with all their activities, anyone is welcome to join in!
Get more information here, or on their Facebook page.
This trio of road races, held every summer, benefits the Volcano Art Center. The races consist of a 5K, a 10K, and a Half-Marathon distance, and the course is right through Volcano Village, starting and ending at Cooper Center. They have many wonderful prizes donated by local artisans, as well as a Keiki Fun Run. The race date this year is Saturday, August 22, so register early to get your spot–this a popular race, and slots may fill up. Click here for more information.
The community association, headquartered in Cooper Center on Wright Road, hosts many classes and events (including a yummy Mongolian Barbecue held semi-annually in April and October), as well as a weekly Sunday Farmers’ Market that is one of the best on the island. This summer’s highlight is the annual 4th of July parade, an island favorite.
For more information, see their website here.
You may wonder why I include a military camp in this list of arts and recreation opportunities; it’s because KMC is a beloved R&R (rest and relaxation) facility that has been serving our community since 1916. Not only does it house the venerable theater, where community plays and events are regularly scheduled, but there is a bowling alley, ping pong and pool tables, a buffet restaurant, and–my favorite–the Lava Lounge, a very popular local watering hole! While the various room accommodations are open to military-connected families and sponsored guests, most of the other amenities are open the the general public.
For the golfers among you, check out the Volcano Golf and Country Club, founded in 1921 and designed by Jack Snyder. After finishing your round–and the obligatory “19th-hole” watering stop at the clubhouse–drive on down the road to the Volcano Winery, founded in 1986. Known for their innovative use of locally-grown grapes and other fruit, they are open every day except Christmas.
Visit these websites for more information:
And, of course, for the biggest show of all… just head over to the Halema’uma’u crater overlook to witness the mesmerizing magic of Pele’s power! Just be aware that parking is limited, and a good deal of walking might be required to see the lava. For updated eruption information, click here.