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 7, 2017 - The Unforeseen Consequences of the Hawaiian Sandalwood Trade
‘Iliahi (sandalwood)

The ‘iliahi (sandalwood) trade in the early 19th century launched the Kingdom of Hawai’i into the world market. The resulting destruction of the sandalwood forests is well known. Paul Field, park volunteer and retired Professor of History at Windward Community College, will discuss how the sandalwood trade impacted relations between commoners and chiefs, altered the concept of mana, and led to the first official interference of the United States government in the affairs of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

link to pdf poster (715KB)


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.

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