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Volcano Art Center

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The Volcano Art Center is located within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, close to the Kilauea visitor center. The art center is an educational organization whose mission it is to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawaii’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

This makes the Volcano Art Center a good stop if you are interested in learning about Hawaiian heritage and arts during your visit to the Volcanoes National park.

Within the center you will find a gallery that shows both traditional and contemporary work that is inspired by Hawai’i’s unique environment and rich cultural heritage. These works include hand-blown glass, jewelry featuring precious and semiprecious stones and metals, and a collection of two and three dimensional works in paint, photography, clay, fiber and mixed media.

Volcano Art Center programs include Hawaiian music and dance concerts (Hula in the park), and Hawaiian classes and workshops such as hula and Hawaiian language. Free cultural demonstrations take place on the gallery porch each Friday.

You can visit their website to look for upcoming events, demonstrations, classes and workshops.

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The building that was used as the Volcano House Hotel from 1877 to 1921 now houses a gallery for the Volcano Art Center, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photo credits: W Nowicki on wikipedia