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Up in Arms! The Struggle to Preserve the Legacy of the NPS During Wartime

February 11, 2014

TONIGHT! Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association present After Dark in the Park: Up in Arms! The Struggle to Preserve the Legacy of the National Park Service During Wartime.

Park archeologist Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura shares a revealing and fascinating presentation of the challenges faced by the National Park Service before, during, and after World War II at Kīlauea, in what was then called Hawai‘i National Park. The findings of Moniz-Nakamura’s extensive research were recently published in The Hawaiian Journal of History, Vol. 47 (2013). Copies of the publication will be available in the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association bookstore, in the visitor center. This event is FREE, but park entrance fees apply. Your $2 donation helps support park programs.

When: Tues., Feb. 11, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Sailors at Kīlauea

Sailors at Kīlauea, post 1924 explosive eruption from Halema‘uma‘u Crater. (Hawai‘i Volcanoes NP Archives)

Mauna Loa erupting during 1942. (Hawai‘i Volcanoes NP historic photo collection)

Mauna Loa erupting during 1942. (Hawai‘i Volcanoes NP historic photo collection)

Did you know? Mauna Loa had a “spectacular” but “ill-timed” eruption in 1942, not long after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. According to Moniz-Nakamura’s research, “martial law resulted in nightly blackouts, but the glow from Pele illuminated the sky.” The military declared the eruption a secret and would not allow news media to cover it, fearing the Japanese would use the glow as a beacon. Nevertheless, Tokyo Rose broadcast an infamous message, congratulating the islands on such a marvelous volcanic display!

These and other amazing stories will be shared tonight by Moniz-Nakamura. We hope to see you there!

Bombing range in Hawai‘i Volcanoes NP

Napuuonaelemakule Bombing Range at the base of Hilina Pali, 1938. Photo Stearns Collection, Edwin H. Mookini Library, University of Hawaii at Hilo

air field at Kīlauea

Kilauea Landing Field, 1923. Photo Wriston Aerial Collection, 74-30-4, Plate 19, Lyman Museum

Jade Moniz-Nakamura

Archeologist Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura, Ph.D


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Deb permalink
    February 11, 2014 7:16 am

    Aloha, I truly enjoy all the historical and current info on our island…Big Mahalo~ for doing what you do!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    February 11, 2014 10:22 am

    Mahalo Deb! That’s lovely to hear, and you’re welcome! Thank YOU for supporting your national parks!

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