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After Dark in the Park Video Archives - August 27 2013


August 27, 2013 - "Nā Wai Ola, The Living Waters: Harvesting the Heavens"

Harvesting rainwater is a practice that has been going on for centuries all over the world. Rainwater has been used for a variety of purposes including domestic water supply. As global warming and growing populations increase the demand on our limited fresh water supplies, more and more places are turning back to the ancient practice of harvesting rain. Here atop Kīlauea volcano, rainwater collection is the standard way of life and is promulgated by the National Park Service. Join University of Hawaii's Trisha Macomber, author of "Guidelines on Rainwater Catchment Systems for Hawaii" as our guest speaker as she presents a number of options for insuring safe, clean drinking water for the future. Guests will receive all the FREE rainwater they can drink!

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Did You Know?

`iliahi is the Hawaiian name for sandalwood.

During the 1800's, vast quantities of fragrant sandalwood were the first major export of the Hawaiian Islands. The trade nearly caused the extinction of `iliahi or sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum).