Friday-Saturday, May 15-16, 2015
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, located on the island of Hawaii, extends from sea level to the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. The park shares the geology, biology, and culture of the Hawaiian islands with nearly 1.5 million visitors a year. Its 333,086 acres encompass two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. Kīlauea is currently erupting from two locations: at its summit from Halema‘uma‘u crater (since 2008), and in the remote east rift zone from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent (since 1983). Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984 and is considered to be Earth’s most massive active volcano.
The park’s diverse ecological zones provide refuge for many distinct plant and animal communities, including endangered endemic species like the nēnē (Hawaiian goose), and the Mauna Loa silversword, which flowers only once in its life. The fascinating geology and unique biology are vital components of the cultural heritage of indigenous Hawaiian people—a heritage which is showcased through ongoing cultural events and demonstrations and shared with visitors. In recognition of its outstanding values, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site (1987) and an International Biosphere Reserve (1980).
Scientist registration is now open. Public registration will open in winter 2015.