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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's Volcano Awareness Month and Jim Kauahikaua, Scientist-in-Charge at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory calls in to tell us what is happening over on the Big Island.

Volcano Awareness Month: January 2011
Details about Volcano Awareness Month events are posted at: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov

Evening Talks

Kilauea Visitor Center "After Dark in the Park" – 7:00 p.m.
$2 donation requested. Park entrance fees apply. More info: (808) 985-6011.

  • January 11: What's happening in Halema‘uma‘u Crater?
    Matt Patrick, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
  • January 18: Kilauea's east rift eruption: 28 years and counting
    Tim Orr, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
  • January 25: Frank Perret: The man who set the stage for HVO's work today
    Jim Kauahikaua, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Wentworth Hall 1 – 7:00 p.m.
Free. More info: (808) 967-8844. UHH campus map at: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/images/maps/main_campus_map.pdf

  • January 7: What happened during Kilauea's deadly 1790 eruption?
    Don Swanson, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
  • January 14: During a volcanic eruption, who's watching out for you?
    Jim Kauahikaua, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
    Quince Mento, Hawai‘i County Civil Defense
    Talmadge Magno, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
  • January 21: A volcanologist's toolkit: Methods used to track Hawai‘i's active volcanoes
    Mike Poland, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
  • January 28: How Hawai‘i's active volcanoes provided raw material for Hawaiian ko‘i and other traditional stone tools
    Steve Lundblad, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park – 6:00 p.m.
Amphitheater Free. More info: (808) 328]2326.

  • January 19: Mauna Loa: How well do you know the volcano in your backyard?
    Frank Trusdell, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Konawaena High School, Cafeteria – 7:00 p.m.
Free. More info: (808) 967-8844.

  • January 27: Kilauea's volcanic gases and their environmental impact
    Jeff Sutton and Tamar Elias, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Lyman Museum, Hilo – 7:00 p.m.
Museum Members–Free; Nonmembers–$3. More info: (808) 935]5021.

  • January 31: Mauna Loa: How well do you know the volcano in your backyard?
    Frank Trusdell, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Guided Hikes

Saturday, January 8 – 9:00 a.m.
Mauna Ulu (3 hrs)
A 3-mile hike to the site of Kilauea's 1969-74 eruption led by HVO geologist Don Swanson.

Saturday, January 22 – 10 a.m.
Devastation Trail (1 hr)
A 1-mile walk to see the devastation caused by Kilauea Iki's 1959 eruption and how the forest is recovering today. Led by HVO geologist Kelly Wooten and Park botanist Mark Wasser. More info: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov or (808) 967-8844.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
Guided hikes and programs by Park Interpreters

  • Sundays – 1:00 p.m.
    Kilauea Iki Crater Hike (3 hrs)
    A 4-mi hike across a still-steaming crater.
  • Mondays – 10:00 a.m.
    Amazing Mauna Ulu Hike (3 hrs)
    A 3-mi hike through a volcanic landscape created by Kilauea's 1969-74 eruption.
  • Wednesdays – 1:00 p.m.
    Above and Below Hike (1 hr)
    A 1.5-mi hike through the hidden world of lava tubes. Bring a flashlight.
  • Thursdays – 1:00 p.m.
    Pu‘uloa Hike (2 hrs)
    A 2-mi walk to Hawai‘i's largest concentration of petroglyphs.
  • Fridays – 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m.
    "A Walk into the Past" (45 min)
    A living history program set in 1912
  • Saturdays – 1:00 p.m.
    Into the Volcano Hike (2-3 hrs)
    A 2.7-mi hike into Kilauea's caldera

DAILY Movies – Kilauea Visitor Center

  • Every Hour: "Born of Fire, Born of the Sea"
  • Every Half Hour (except 11:30 a.m.): "Kilauea Eruption Update"
  • 11:30 a.m.: "1959 Kilauea Iki Eruption"
  • More info: (808) 985-6011

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