After Dark in the Park

After Dark in the Park
Special Speaker Presentations

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Park entrance fees apply
Presentations are free - suggested $2.00 donation supports park educational programs


Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - ʻŌpeʻapeʻa: Hawaiian Hoary Bats
ʻŌpeʻapeʻa pups in lychee
ʻŌpeʻapeʻa pups in lychee

Photo courtesy Sean Moura

‘Ōpe‘ape‘a (Hawaiian hoary bats) are the only true native terrestrial mammals in Hawai‘i. The Hawaiian hoary bat remains as beautiful as it is elusive. Join USGS bat biologist and researcher Corinna Pinzari as she reveals recent research into bat biology, monitoring, ecology, and genetics projects. She will also examine the current status and distribution of this much beloved and often maligned native mammal.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - Endangered Marine Wildlife: Threats and Mitigation Measures
Endangered marine wildlife
What do Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles, hawksbill sea turtles, and false killer whales have in common? They are all endangered marine wildlife around the Island of Hawai‘i. Join Susannah Welch of the Marine Wildlife Program, a partnership between DLNR and NOAA, as she shares innovative ways to protect species, including the promotion of barbless hooks and their usefulness in sustaining the fisheries of Hawaii – as they are easy to remove in catch-and-release fishing - and for freeing accidently hooked wildlife.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - The Value of Plantation Era Archives in Today's World
Honomu Sugar Company field map
From the 1850s to the 1990s big sugar plantations dominated the agricultural landscape of Hawai‘i Island. The Edmund Olson Trust Archive is home to an amazing array of maps, records and documents from Hawai‘i’s sugar plantations, tracing an important part of the Islands’ history. Join John Cross of the Olson Trust as he guides us on a remarkable journey through these irreplaceable historic resources and the era that was - Big Sugar.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Kīlauea Volcano's Summit Eruption: 9 Years & Counting
Halema‘uma‘u lava lake
On March 19, 2008, a new volcanic vent opened in Halema‘uma‘u Crater at Kīlauea’s summit. Nine years later, the eruption continues. The vent has grown to a gaping crater that’s roughly 195 m by 255 m (about 640 x 840 ft) in size. A lava lake within the vent rises and falls, with spattering on the lake surface sometimes visible from the Jaggar Museum Observation Deck. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick presents an update and overview on the summit eruption, including stunning imagery.

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