What’s happening at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park the rest of this month


‘Ohe Kapala Workshop


Learn to create beautiful designs from traditional patterns using ‘ohe kapala (bamboo stamps). Originally used to decorate clothing with symbolic meaning, ‘ohe kapala designs now are used to tell stories on a variety of modern materials. Part of the ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops.

When: 10 a.m.-noon March 27

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai


Stewardship of Kipukapuaulu

Help remove troublesome plants. Bring clippers or pruners, sturdy gloves, a hat and water. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting permanently stained from morning glory sap. Be prepared for cool and wet or hot and sunny weather. New volunteer? Contact Marilyn Nicholson at nickem@hawaii.rr.com for more info.

When: 9:30 a.m. today and March 21 and 28 (every Thursday)

Where: Meet at the Kipukapuaulu parking lot, Mauna Loa Road, off Highway 11 in the park.

Stewardship at the Summit

Help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. Younger than 18? Parental or guardian accompaniment or written consent is required. Visit the park website (www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm) for additional planning details.

When: 8:45 a.m. Saturday (March 16) and March 22 and 29.

Where: Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kilauea Visitor Center.

A Walk into the Past with Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar

Dressed in period costume, Ka‘u actor-director Dick Hershberger brings the renowned geologist and founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to life. “Jaggar” will take visitors on a tour of his tiny lab below the Volcano House to see original seismograph equipment and other early instruments. Learn what motivated Jaggar to dedicate his life to the study of Hawaiian volcanoes and how his work helps save lives today. Space is limited; pick up free tickets at the Kilauea Visitor Center’s front desk the day of the program. Program includes climbing stairs and entering a confined space.

When: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Tuesday (March 19) and March 26. Each performance is about an hour.

Where: Meet at Kilauea Visitor Center.

Explore Kahuku


The Kahuku Unit is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and is free. Take a self-guided hike or join rangers at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in March for a two-hour guided trek. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Kahuku is located in Ka‘u, and is about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes.

Visitors are encouraged to check the park’s online calendar of events, and look for program fliers posted after 9:30 a.m. on the bulletin board at Kilauea Visitor Center (www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/calendar.htm). Park programs are free, but entrance fees apply.

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