Volcano Village is well known on the Big Island as an enclave of artists, many of them internally recognized. One of the local organizations that helps to foster the arts, and in particular Hawaiian culture and art, in the Volcano Arts Center. The centers written goal is to “… promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai’i’s people and environment through the arts and education. The center has two locations; the first is an art gallery located within the former Volcano House Hotel built in 1877. The gallery is operated under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and is open every day except Christmas. The second location is an educational facility in Volcano Village on the edge of the Niaulani Forest Reserve, a location with old-growth trees including Koa and Ohia.
The Center offers a variety of classes and workshops every day of the week, and sponsors monthly Hula performances in the national park at the kahua hula (platform) near the Volcano Arts Center gallery in the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. They also offer rainforest tours of Niaulani every Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Complete listings of all of the center’s offerings can be found at http://volcanoartcenter.org/