Special events this week at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  • Photo courtesy of NATIONAL PARK SERVICE Ranger Keoni demonstrates how to ku‘i kalo.

  • Photo courtesy of U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY A USGS scientist studies Kilauea lava flows during the 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption.

New Insights from Kilauea Volcano’s 2018 Lower East Rift Zone Eruption

The May-August 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption of Kilauea resulted in numerous new insights into how the volcano works and provided scientists new opportunities to improve their understanding of volcano hazards. Matt Patrick, a geologist with 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 Kilauea. Part of the park’s ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free (park entrance fees apply).


When: 7 p.m. today, July 9

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Kui Kalo Demonstration

Make poi, the staple food of the Hawaiian diet. The root of the kalo plant is cooked and ku‘i (pounded) to create this classic Hawaiian dish. Join Ranger Keoni Kaholo‘a‘a as he shares his knowledge of kale for this authentic cultural experience. Part of the park’s ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free (park entrance fees apply).


When: 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, July 10

Where: Kilauea Visitor Center lanai

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