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



Photo by Peter Mills

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - Tales of Early Ranching in Humu῾ula

Beginning in 2001, Peter Mills (professor of anthropology, UH Hilo) began an historical archaeology project to investigate ranching sites in the ahupua῾a of Humu῾ula on the eastern slopes of Mauna Kea. In addition to more than a decade of field surveys and test excavations (many conducted in a collaboration between UH Hilo and the University of Nevada at Reno), the project has uncovered and compiled information from a multitude of documents including store ledgers, journals, and nineteenth century newspaper articles, that help bring the early days of sheep and cattle ranching into sharper focus. Come hear some of Peter’s anecdotes from the archives, and accounts of the exciting field work!

The summit lava lake at Halema‘uma‘u Crater, which has been active since March 19, 2008
The summit lava lake at Halema‘uma‘u Crater, which has been active since March 19, 2008

USGS Photo

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - The First Ten Years of Kīlauea’s Summit Eruption

March 19, 2018, marks the 10th anniversary of the volcanic vent that opened within Halemaʻumaʻu at the summit of Kīlauea. During the past decade the eruption has consisted of continuous degassing, occasional explosive events, and a fluctuating lava lake in an open crater that is now 640 ft by 840 ft in size and still growing. Join USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick as he recounts the first 10 years of Kīlauea Volcanoes ongoing summit eruption, including an overview of what scientists have learned from it and the new techniques they use to monitor the lava lake and associated volcanic processes.

Photo from the summit of Pacaya volcano, Guatemala
Photo from the summit of Pacaya volcano, Guatemala

Photo by Federica Lanza

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - Tracking Lava Lakes with the Sounds from Bursting Gas Bubbles

Other volcanic systems around the world are similar to Kīlauea Volcano’s Puʻu ʻŌʻō and Halemaʻumaʻu craters. These churning lava lakes continuously emit gas bubbles that burst when they reach the surface. Volcano seismologist Greg Waite from Michigan Technological University uses the sounds of these bursting bubbles to investigate the rise and fall of lava lakes in volcanic conduits. Learn about his fascinating work with Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala, Villarrica Volcano in Chile, and Kīlauea.

Dry Forests of North Kona
Dry Forests of North Kona

Photo by Elliott Parsons

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a Ahupua‘a: Successes & Challenges of Restoring the Endangered Dry Forests of North Kona

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa Coordinator Elliott Parsons from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife will present on the ongoing conservation and restoration efforts over the last several years as well as lessons learned. He will discuss threats to the endangered lowland dry forests and how new technologies are being used to mitigate those threats. Please join us to learn more about the areas rich biological diversity and how you can become involved to help conserve this special place for future generations.

A Captivating Tour of the Natural Area Reserves
A Captivating Tour of the Natural Area Reserves

Photo by Anya Tagawa

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - Preserving the Best of the Best: A Captivating Tour of the Natural Area Reserves

Join Outreach and Education Specialist, Anya Tagawa, on a captivating journey of our State’s Natural Area Reserve System (NARS). The NARS presently consists of 21 reserves on five islands, encompassing more than 123,000 acres of the State’s most unique ecosystems. The Hawaiʻi Island System alone consists of eight reserves, encompassing more than 95,000 acres. Come see the wonderments that are your legacy.

Last updated: February 22, 2018

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