So we had a good look at the inner craters of Kilauea - which I could appreciate now that I understood the geography of the Kilauea Caldera (see yesterday's post) - though at this volcano I was scared to death not by the smoking crater,
As I'd become enamored of Hawaiian music, after having heard some live music in Honolulu along with lots of recorded music pumped into every public venue we entered there, I wanted to check out the performance at the Visitor Center.
For me this turned out to be the high point of our trip.
The performer was recording artist Kenneth Makuakāne, composer and producer of traditional Hawaiian music.
At one point a group of eight Japanese ladies in the audience took to the floor and began dancing the hula to the music.
After their dance Kenneth Makuakāne and the rest of us in the audience prevailed upon them to dance some more, but they shyly deferred until Mr. Makuakāne began singing "Hawaiian Lullaby," my favorite Hawaiian song and apparently theirs, too, because they couldn't resist getting back up and dancing - and singing - to the music.
Mayhaps if I can find a hula teacher in Columbus, Ohio I'll find out.