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


Volcano movie posters

Volcanoes at the Movies

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Join volcanologists Cheryl Gansecki and Ken Hon from the University of Hawaii Hilo as they examine (and possibly make fun of) the history of volcanoes as they are portrayed in the movies. From “The Last Days of Pompeii” to Mount Doom and beyond, how realistic are cinematic volcanic eruptions? How likely is lava in L.A. or New York? What is it with the flaming rocks anyway? And why do they explode? Come be entertained and hopefully learn a little more about both genuine and completely faked volcanic phenomena.

Pahu Manamana o ‘Umi

Photo by Kalei Nuuhiwa

Pahu Manamana o ‘Umi
Ancestral Brilliance

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Join Pualani Kanahele of the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation as she takes us on a virtual visit to Pahu manamana o ʻUmi, a stellar instrument positioned high up on the southwest slope of Mauna Loa and protected within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park at 7,752 ft. above sea level. The ancient structure is a remarkable example of the brilliance of Hawaiian archaeoastronomy. The fact that the ancestors were holistic in the organization of their worldview inspired the use of Papakū Makawalu methodology to make sense of these archaic instruments of stone used by the ancestors to align themselves with the moving planets, the rising and setting of stars and even the making of islands.

Exploration Vessel Nautilus

Photo by Justin Umholtz / NOAA

Exploring the Unknown Depths in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Have you ever wondered what lives 2,000 meters below the ocean surface? Join our special guest speaker Justin Umholtz, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Educator for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, as he shares his experiences aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, mapping and remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) diving previously unexplored seamounts within the Marine National Monument.

Last updated: February 14, 2019

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