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


Hawaiian canoe in space

Photo by Martha Noyes

Woven Strands and Braided Cords: Philosophy and Metaphysics in Precontact Hawaiian Astronomy

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Hawaiʻi’s precontact cultural astronomy was complex, with multiple strands of information braided and woven into an elaborate web of knowledge. Among the braided strands that make up this web are philosophical and metaphysical insights, recognitions, and perceptions represented by celestial objects. Join author and researcher Martha Noyes as she takes us on a voyage examining the essential elements of Hawaiian philosophy and metaphysics embedded in precontact Hawaiian cultural astonomy..

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KOLEA: A Story of Hawai῾i and Beyond

KOLEA: A Story of Hawai῾i and Beyond

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

From the author of Tales from the Parks: My Adventure as a Park Ranger comes Russell Cahill’s latest book, KOLEA: A Story of Hawai῾i and Beyond. His book transports us to a world where hula dancers were experts at spear fighting, adventure ruled, and young people could build and sail a canoe on voyages to unknown lands. Join Cahill for this special evening of selected readings and book signing.

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Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry

Photo: U.S. Library of Congress

Buffalo Soldiers: Trailblazers of the National Parks

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Park founders like Thomas Augustus Jaggar, geologist for Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), knew they couldn’t build a National Park alone. African American Soldiers, nicknamed Buffalo Soldiers, were instrumental in building and protecting many national parks, including Hawaiʻi Volcanoes in its infancy. Join rangers Elaine Boddie and Julieanne Fontana as they bring to life the remarkable story of how one regiment stationed in Hawaii, carved a trail out of rough ʻaʻā lava, assisted Dr. Jaggar in his field work, and left a legacy of hard work and rugged endurance.

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Nontuberculous Mycobacteria

Photo by Mike Pearson

Nontuberculous Mycobacteria: A Kīlauea Volcano Study Within a Study

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are bacteria found in soil and water-based biofilms, when inhaled into the lungs, can cause chronic disease in susceptible individuals. Hawaiʻi shows the highest number of NTM lung disease cases in the United States. Join Dr. Jennifer Honda as she introduces her on-going research to study the environmental, host, and microbial factors driving NTM lung disease emergence in Hawaiʻi. Along with collaborators from Hawaiʻi Volcano Observatory and USGS, this study takes a closer look at the potential association of NTM with the Kīlauea environment.

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‘Alalā in flight

Photo: San Diego Zoo Global

Return to the Wild, One Year Later: An Update on the Reintroduction Efforts of ‘Alalā

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Through intensive conservation efforts 11 ‘Alalā, the endemic and endangered Hawaiian crow, have survived in native Hawaiian forests for over a year. Join Rachel Kingsley, Education and Outreach Associate for The ‘Alalā Project, as she provides an update on the birds that have been reintroduced, as well as plans for future reintroductions. She will be joined by special guests, Jackie Gaudioso-Levita, Project Coordinator, Paul Banko, Wildlife Biologist (USGS), and Alison Greggor, PhD., Postdoctoral Research Associate with San Diego Zoo Global, who will be available to answer questions and share their knowledge about this highly intelligent and unique crow species, integral to native Hawaiian ecosystems and culture.

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Last updated: October 11, 2018

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