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
Kīlauea 2018 Volcanic Pollution: from Source to Exposed Communities.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Gas and aerosol-rich volcanic plumes can have serious impact on human health and the environment. While impacts from major components like sulfur dioxide have been the subject of multiple studies, the trace components such as lead, arsenic and cadmium, are poorly understood. Kīlauea volcano’s lower East Rift Zone eruption of 2018 provided an unprecedented opportunity for volcanologist Dr. Evgenia Ilyinskaya and her team from the Universities of Leeds, Cambridge and Oxford, U.K., to collaborate with U.S. Geological Survey and the State Dept. of Health to deploy ground-based and aerial monitoring equipment for analysis. Join us for a fascinating look at what volcanic pollution really contains and its potential implications for environmental impacts. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free (park entrance fees apply).
New Insights from Kīlauea Volcano’s 2018 Lower East Rift Zone Eruption.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
The May to August 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption resulted in numerous new insights into how Kīlauea Volcano works, and provided scientists new opportunities to improve their understanding of volcano hazards. Matt Patrick, a geologist with USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, describes the expected and unexpected aspects of this eruption and discusses how the activity might be used to improve his and other scientists’ ability to forecast future hazards on Kīlauea. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free (park entrance fees apply).
Texas Rancher & Painter Alice Leese – July’s Artist in Residence
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Come see how Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will inspire Texan Alice Leese, who was chosen as July’s artist in residence. Leese is renowned for her evocative and vibrant oil paintings of western landscapes (including wildfire), nature, and ranch life that she says don’t necessarily capture a specific area, but instead, what it feels like to be there. While in the park, Leese – who works her family’s 100-year-old ranch – will feel the volcanic panoramas, plants and animals, then share her artistic interpretations with the public. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series, and co-sponsored by the National Park Arts Foundation and Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free (park entrance fees apply).
A Rock in the Park: Tale of the Wanderer
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
A rediscovered rock near an overgrown hiking trail within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reveals mysterious letters and words carved into it: Wanderer. What unfolds next are the amazing voyages of Benjamin Boyd and his yacht, Wanderer. Storms at sea, a daring rescue, pitched battles in the South Pacific! Join historian Hugh Montgomery and actor Dick Hershberger in a two-man play that brings this epic tale to life. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free (park entrance fees apply)