Where’s the Lava?
That’s the question EVERYONE who walks into the Kīlauea Visitor Center at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park asks.
Simply put, the best, closest, and most “user-friendly” eruption viewing continues to be of Halema‘uma‘u Crater from the overlook at Jaggar Museum.
While Kīlauea continues to erupt from two locations (at the summit from Halema‘uma‘u and in the remote east rift zone from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent), the flows from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō are inaccessible to hikers. These flows are burning through rainforest northeast of the vent in the Kahauale‘a Natural Area Reserve. The NAR is closed to the public, and falls under the jurisdiction of the State of Hawai‘i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Last Friday, scientists from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory flew over the flows and took these images:
Reports from the County of Hawai‘i’s Kalapana Lava Viewing Area, located at the end of Highway 130, state that several hundred visitors a night have been enjoying intermittent glow from the Kahaualea flow far in the distance on the pali, or cliffs, above. Sometimes visibility is obscured by rain and/or clouds.
Want to learn more about the current activity from Halema‘uma‘u which started in 2008? Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park rangers provide a 20-minute “Life on the Edge” talk daily at 2 p.m., 3:30 and 5 p.m. We hope to see you there!
Air temperatures are increasing at a much higher rate on Hawaii’s mountains than along the coasts. Currently, high elevation forests are the primary refuge for our few remaining native bird species because avian disease-carrying mosquitoes cannot survive the cooler temperatures. However, increasingly warmer conditions will allow mosquitoes to survive at higher elevations. Native birds cannot simply move further upslope because the habitat is often unsuitable. Just on Hawai‘i Island alone, the incidence of malaria in forest birds has more than doubled over a decade, in correlation with warmer summer air temperatures and an increase in mosquito breeding.
Ninety-three percent of Hawaiian birds are considered vulnerable to climate change. The very existence of birds such as ‘i‘iwi which live mainly in high-elevation forests, is threatened by rising temperatures. For example, a 3.6°F rise in average regional temperature could cause an important natural reserve on Maui to lose 57% of its remaining low-risk area for avian malaria, increasing the risk of infection to birds like the endangered kiwikiu and ‘ākohekohe.
This Week’s MYTH Buster: “People don’t cause climate change.”
People affect their environments. The climate change trends we are seeing today are directly related to increasing levels of greenhouse gases that people released from burning coal, gas, and oil starting in the 19th century.
I Will Make a Difference: by changing all of my light bulbs to energy savers.
More on the National Park Service and climate change: http://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/index.htm
WATCH THIS MORNING’S PEARL HARBOR COMMEMORATION CEREMONY: youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_8aCCuJW0k&feature=share&t=42m58s
Today across Hawaii we remember the events of the day that President Franklin Roosevelt said would “live in infamy.” 72 years ago on this date in 1941 the United States was attacked by Japanese air and naval forces. Besides the utter devastation to warships and military aircraft, over 2,000 Americans died in the attack and the United States was brought into World War II.
Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in December. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:
Carl Ray Villaverde in Concert. Multi-talented musician and Hilo native Carl Ray Villaverde has returned to Hawai‘i Island! Come welcome Carl home, and listen to him perform in this rare concert opportunity. After spending more than a decade on the mainland teaching ‘ukulele and guitar at Santa Barbara City College and performing throughout California, Carl returns to the islands with his new CD, Hawaiian Magic, on sale at the show. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
When: Tues., Dec. 10 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Learn Lauhala Weaving. Join members of ‘Aha Pūhala o Puna as they share the art of lauhala weaving to perpetuate this Hawaiian skill. Weave your very own bracelet from leaves of the hala (pandanus) tree. Lauhala ornaments crafted by the club will be available for sale. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.
When: Wed., Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
John Keawe Live in Concert. Award-winning kiho‘alu (slack key) guitarist, composer and recording artist, John Keawe rings in the holidays at the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium with his music. His wife Hope provides moving interpretations of his music with her graceful hula. This program is expected to be well-attended so come early for seating. John’s CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase the evening of the performance. This program featuring John and Hope Keawe’s lovely music and hula was produced by the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
When: Tues., Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Haku Mele Ho‘ike. Come enjoy an evening of new, original Hawaiian music by local island songwriters. Participants attended a three-day Haku Mele, a Hawaiian music songwriter’s workshop with music great Kenneth Makuakāne and University of Hawai‘i-Hilo Hawaiian language instructor, Kaliko Beamer-Trapp. Original Hawaiian compositions were created through experiential and interactive presentations and small group sessions in songwriting. Students will debut their original songs written in class, and Kenneth Makuakāne will emcee and perform. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.
When: Wed., Dec. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Traffic controllers will alternate traffic flow through the single open lane, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Wait times to pass the construction area should not exceed 15 minutes.
Both lanes will be open to traffic if there is no active construction.
The project will replace approximately 3,000 feet of failing pipe that supplies water to Jaggar Museum and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
The Humpback Whales are arriving in Hawaii and it’s time for the annual “Humpback Whale Season Kick-off Event” at Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site!
During whale season (December to April), the amazing volunteers from the Hawaii National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will be offering FREE whale watches at the park. To begin the 2014 whale season this year, we are planning a special event for the morning of Friday, December 20.
From 9:00am-12:00pm, you can take part in the season’s first whale watch. Enjoy watching these awesome creatures while learning all about them!
At 10:30am, the Foundation will be offering a special program about humpback whales and how the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is helping to ensure that humpback whales continue their recovery from the brink of extinction.
Regularly scheduled whale watches will then be offered at the park every Friday (9:00am-12:00pm) from December 27 to March 28 (may be extended into April depending on amount of whale activity).
We welcome all of you to join us…if you can’t, then be sure to subscribe to this site so you can get all the updates, photos, and videos during this year’s whale season! If you have any questions about this program, leave a comment or contact Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Aloha!
On December 4, 2013 Senator Mazie Hirono will be one of several speakers at “Nānā I Ke Kumu,” a special event to celebrate and unveil the new cultural brochure of Haleakalā National Park.
This bi-lingual Hawaiian-English brochure is the first in the 401-unit National Park System to be written by community members in the host community’s language. The project is a result of collaboration between community members and park staff.
Kupuna shared their mana`o (wisdom), their time, and their talents to improve understanding of the sacred nature of Haleakalā to Native Hawaiians. The authors each donated over 150 hours of time each to write, edit, and design a brochure that will be handed out to over 1 million visitors per year. These contributors will be recognized at the event, Nānā I Ke Kumu, which means “Look to the Source.”
The brochure asks visitors to share in the kuleana, the responsibility, of protecting Haleakalā. Community members chose their main message, wrote and edited the text, and chose the images they thought most important to share their story. The partnership between Maui community members and Haleakalā is considered a model in which native voices and perspectives are shared with the public. Support for the project was provided by the park’s non-profit partner, the Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association.
The unveiling will take place in the Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park at 1pm on Wednesday, December 4. The event will include remarks from the Senator, representatives from the mayor’s office and the kupuna, as well as hula and music.The public is invited to attend with payment of the park’s entrance fee. The new brochures will be available to the public beginning on December 4, 2013.