After Dark in the Park
Special Speaker Presentations
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Park entrance fees apply
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December 10, 2013 - "Carl Ray Villaverde: Live in Concert"
Carl Ray Villaverde
After more than a decade spent on the mainland, multi-talented musician, Hilo native and ukulele virtuoso Carl Ray Villaverde is back on Hawai`i Island with a new CD entitled, Hawaiian Magic. Come welcome Carl home, and listen to him perform in this rare concert opportunity. The CD comes at the end of a long period spent teaching ukulele and guitar at Santa Barbara City College and performing throughout Southern California. Hawaiian Magic is an outstanding one-artist performance in which Carl delights the listener with his voice while also playing all the instruments: ukulele, guitar, steel guitar, bass and drums. Listening to it can only be surpassed by listening to Carl live in concert. CDs available for purchase the night of the concert.
link to pdf poster (436KB)
December 17, 2013 - "John Keawe Live in Concert"
John and hope Keawe
Award-winning kiho'alu (slack key) guitarist, composer and recording artist, John Keawe
rings in the holidays at the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium with his music. His wife Hope
provides moving interpretations of his music with her graceful hula. This program is expected to be well-attended so come early for seating. John's CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase the evening of the performance. This program featuring John and Hope Keawe's lovely music and hula was produced by the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa Outreach College's Statewide Cultural Extension Program.
2014 Volcano Awareness Month
"After Dark in the Park"
Programs presented by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
January 7, 2014 - Kīlauea Volcanoes East Rift Zone: 31 years and still erupting
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist, Tim Orr
January 3, 2014, marks the 31st anniversary of Kīlauea's ongoing East Rift Zone eruption. During its first 3 years, spectacular lava fountains spewed episodically from the Pu'u 'Ō'ō vent. Since then, nearly continuous lava effusion has built a vast plain of pāhoehoe lava that stretches from the volcano's rift zone to the sea. Although the eruption has produced dramatic lava flows in past years, it has been relatively subdued in recent years, with mostly steady, but unusually weak, activity. Tim Orr
, a geologist with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will review highlights from the past 31 years and talk about recent developments on Kīlauea's East Rift Zone.
January 14, 2013 - Happenings in Halema‘uma‘u: An update on Kīlauea's summit eruption
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist, Matt Patrick
In March 2008, a new volcanic vent opened within Halema'uma'u Crater at the summit of Kīlauea. Since then, the eruption has consisted of continuous degassing, occasional explosive events, and fluctuating lava lake activity in an open crater that is now 520 ft by 690 ft in size. While thousands of visitors flock to see the nighttime glow emitted by the lava lake, Kīlauea's summit eruption also provides an abundance of data and insights for scientists. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick
will present an update on Kīlauea's summit eruption, including an overview of the volcanic processes occurring within the vent.
January 21, 2014 - Earthquakes and explosions: Shocking events at Kapoho and Halema‘uma‘u in 1924
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory volunteer Ben Gaddis
In April 1924, Kapoho residents were evacuated as hundreds of earthquakes shook their village. In the weeks that followed, huge explosions wracked the summit of Kīlauea Volcano. Using USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory logs, geologic field notes, National Park Service reports, newspaper accounts, photographs, and other records from 1924, Ben Gaddis
, a long-time HVO volunteer, will tell the story of Kīlauea's most violent eruption of the 20th century from the perspective of the people who lived through it.
January 28, 2014 - Decades of degassing at Kīlauea: Wake up and smell the coughing!
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geochemists, Jeff Sutton and Tamar Elias
As magma rises from the Earth's mantle to the surface, the expansion of volcanic gases drives the spectacular lava fountains and flows erupted by Hawaiian volcanoes. While Kīlauea still produces picturesque lava flows from its East Rift Zone, and its summit crater hosts a dynamic lava pond, it also releases huge amounts of volcanic gases which have negatively impacted downwind communities, agriculture, and infrastructure for years. Jeff Sutton and Tamar Elias
, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geochemists, will offer an update about these gases, especially those related to the 2008‐2013 activity at Halema'uma'u Crater, and will talk about volcanic pollution (vog)—how it forms and what we've learned about its effects on our island environment. An optional "gas- tasting" party will follow the talk.
February 4, 2014 - What we don't know about Hawaiian volcanoes
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist, Mike Poland
For all that we've learned about Hawai'i's volcanoes during the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's first 100 years, there are still questions to be answered. James Dwight Dana
, one of the first geologists to study Hawaiian volcanoes, called these unknowns "points requiring elucidation" in 1890. Since then, many of Dana's points have been addressed, but some have not, and new questions have arisen from the continuous observation and study of Hawaiian volcanoes. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Mike Poland
will discuss the big issues faced by volcanologists studying Hawaiian volcanoes today, from the source of magma deep within the Earth to predicting eruptions—or determining when an ongoing eruption will end!