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Talks by scientists will offer inside look at eruption

Volcano Awareness Month continues in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with several more events scheduled in the Kilauea Visitor Center auditorium.

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick will present an overview of Kilauea’s summit eruption, including a survey of the volcanic processes occurring within the vent, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at After Dark in the Park.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, the public is invited to hear Kai Ho‘opi‘i present an evening of Hawaiian music. Ho‘opi‘i is an Aloha Festivals Hawaiian falsetto contest winner.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, get a below-the-scenes look at the volcano’s plumbing system from HVO scientist Michael Poland, who will present a picture of what Kilauea’s subsurface might look like based on observations from eruptions, earthquake patterns, ground deformation, chemical changes and geologic studies.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, learn “The Story Behind Monitoring Hawaiian Volcanoes & How HVO Gets the Data It Needs to Track Eruptions and Earthquakes” from HVO chief technical support specialist Kevan Kamibayashi.

Kamibayashi will explain the installation and operation of HVO’s various monitoring sensors and how their signals are sent back to the observatory from remote locations on the volcanoes. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the instruments used by HVO to monitor Hawaiian eruptions and earthquakes.

And, from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Jan. 30, learn about laau lapaau, or Hawaiian healing medicine, from Ka‘ohu Monfort. Learn how plants are used as medicine. Monfort will share her knowledge of how Hawaii’s native plants, including noni, kukui and olena, can heal and nourish. This workshop will be held on the center’s lanai.

All of the programs are free, but National Park Service entrance fees may apply.


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