Hawaii Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout November.
These programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply. All are pressented in the Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:
— The Statues Walked: Revealing the Real Story of Easter Island.
Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is widely known as a case study of human-induced environmental catastrophe resulting in cultural collapse. However, a closer look at the archeological and historical record for the island reveals that while an environmental disaster unfolded, the ancient Polynesians persisted.
Join Terry Hunt as he discusses “The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island,” a book he co-authored with fellow archeologist Carl Lipo.
In this presentation, Hunt will outline the evidence for the island’s astonishing prehistoric success, and explore how and why this most isolated and remarkable culture avoided collapse. This After Dark in the Park series event will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.
— Kalapana ‘Awa Band in Concert.
Enjoy a memorable evening listening to the gentle voices of Sam Keli‘iho‘omalu, Ipo Quihano and Ikaika Marzon, group members who are all ohana from Kalapana and have been playing together for more than 10 years.
This is part of Hawaii Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, with the show starting at 6:30 p.m.
— “Whose Footprints Are These Really?”
Research suggests the story behind the fossilized human footprints in the Ka‘u Desert may be more complex than originally thought. Footprints found in desert ash layers were believed to have been created in 1790 by the army of the Hawaiian Chief Keōua on their way back from battle.
It is said that Kilauea erupted at that time, sending suffocating ash down on one group. Others made it out alive, leaving their footprints in the then-wet ash. The ash dried, forever memorializing this event … or did it?
Join Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura as she examines fascinating geologic evidence that may indicate much more prehistoric activity in the area. This After Dark in the Park will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27.