Historian Bond to discuss Walter Murray Gibson


Lyman talk on Murray Gibson

Big Island historian Boyd Bond will visit the Lyman Museum at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22, to discuss the life and times of Walter Murray Gibson, an adventurer who brought a lurid past along with him when he arrived in Hawaii in 1861.

Gibson came to the islands as a representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Using the church’s money to buy land, he signed his own name to deeds and was quickly excommunicated, but in the process managed to acquire most of the island of Lanai.

Familiar with the language of the islands, Gibson established newspapers in Honolulu that supported King Kalakaua over wealthy sugar barons. He eventually made his way through the legislature and government to become prime minister of the kingdom in 1886.

On Monday, Bond will relate a tale that will leave listeners asking: Had Gibson been playing Kalakaua for his own purposes, or had the King played him? A Q&A session follows the discussion.

The Lyman Museum is located at 276 Haili St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for evening public programs. Cost is $3; free to Lyman Museum members.

Keep pets out of Volcanoes park

Managers of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remind the public that dogs and other pets are not allowed in many areas of the park for safety reasons, and for the protection of threatened and endangered species.

According to 36 CFR § 2.15, pets are prohibited in the following areas of the park:

— All undeveloped areas of the park, including designated wilderness areas;

— All trails, including backcountry trails;

— All backcountry campgrounds, including Kulanaokuaiki, and

— Ainahou, Kipuka Nene and all of Hilina Pali Road.

Authorized service animals are permitted, but may be prohibited from certain areas if their presence is detrimental to park management programs, like nene recovery.

All pets and service dogs in the park must be leashed at all times. Recently, hikers have reported being bitten by dogs off leash on park trails. In 2012, park law enforcement officers cited, warned and responded to 24 dog incidents in the park. Dogs are used by the park to support ungulate control programs, and by law enforcement in the performance of their official duties.

 

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