Events

Jul
22
Mon
‘Ili‘ahi: The Story of Sandalwood in Hawai‘i @ Lyman Museum
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A Hawai‘i ‘Amakihi forages for nectar in the blossoms of the Haleakalā Sandalwood, Santalum haleakalae.  Photo credit:  Hayataro Sakitsu

A Hawai‘i ‘Amakihi forages for nectar in the blossoms of the Haleakalā Sandalwood, Santalum haleakalae. Photo credit: Hayataro Sakitsu

Evening Presentation:

Did you know: The largest forests of sandalwood on the planet once grew in the Hawaiian Islands?  In what’s been called one of the darkest chapters in Hawai‘i’s history, the infamous sandalwood trade of the early 1800s rendered this valuable commodity “commercially extinct,” and left the people and landscapes of our islands forever changed.  Hawai‘i’s first-ever commercial product, sandalwood was the lifeblood of the Kingdom in a time of cataclysmic change.  Trade in this precious wood plunged the monarchy into debt and the people into virtual slavery, against a backdrop of death and disease, cultural and environmental collapse.  As the lessons of history fade over time, increasing global demand today means that Hawaiian sandalwood—and sandalwood worldwide—face renewed threats.  Local biologist John Stallman explores the past, present, and future of sandalwood in Hawai‘i with a discussion of the ecology, cultural significance, and conservation of this priceless resource, on two occasions:  Monday evening, July 22, and the following afternoon, July 23.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!

Jul
23
Tue
‘Ili‘ahi: The Story of Sandalwood in Hawai‘i @ Lyman Museum
Jul 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A Hawai‘i ‘Amakihi forages for nectar in the blossoms of the Haleakalā Sandalwood, Santalum haleakalae.  Photo credit:  Hayataro Sakitsu

A Hawai‘i ‘Amakihi forages for nectar in the blossoms of the Haleakalā Sandalwood, Santalum haleakalae. Photo credit: Hayataro Sakitsu

Matinée Presentation:

Did you know: The largest forests of sandalwood on the planet once grew in the Hawaiian Islands?  In what’s been called one of the darkest chapters in Hawai‘i’s history, the infamous sandalwood trade of the early 1800s rendered this valuable commodity “commercially extinct,” and left the people and landscapes of our islands forever changed.  Hawai‘i’s first-ever commercial product, sandalwood was the lifeblood of the Kingdom in a time of cataclysmic change.  Trade in this precious wood plunged the monarchy into debt and the people into virtual slavery, against a backdrop of death and disease, cultural and environmental collapse.  As the lessons of history fade over time, increasing global demand today means that Hawaiian sandalwood—and sandalwood worldwide—face renewed threats.  Local biologist John Stallman explores the past, present, and future of sandalwood in Hawai‘i with a discussion of the ecology, cultural significance, and conservation of this priceless resource, on two occasions:  Monday evening, July 22, and the following afternoon, July 23.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!

Jul
29
Mon
Roosevelt’s “Tree Army” Takes Root in Hawai‘i: The Story of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Hawai‘i National Park @ Lyman Museum
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Evening Presentation:

In the early years of our nation’s Great Depression, presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt promised a “new deal” to help put Americans back to work.  In 1933, President Roosevelt initiated a series of programs to spur relief, recovery, and reform of the national economy.  One of the first programs established was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which focused on engaging unemployed young men in agricultural and conservation projects.  Known as the “Tree Army,” the CCC provided young men with jobs on public lands across the country.  The National Park Service was charged with developing such projects, which ranged from fire prevention to erosion and insect control, trash cleanup, reforestation, landscape maintenance, and construction.  The CCC reached the Hawaiian Islands in January 1934 with the establishment of two camps in Hawai‘i National Park, the main one at the Kīlauea Section and a smaller one at Haleakalā.  In exchange for their participation, enrollees were housed, fed, clothed, given medical care, and paid $30.00 per month.  Over a period of seven years the CCC built or reinforced much of the park’s infrastructure.  In 1941 and 1942 these efforts were especially important, as many of the emergency war projects needed by the military were completed.  The legacy of the CCC lives on, since many of the facilities built by these men are still used by park visitors and staff today!  Join Dr. Jadelyn Moniz Nakamura, HVNP Integrated Resources Manager and Science Advisor, to learn more about this fascinating piece of local and national history, on two occasions:  Monday evening, July 29, and the following afternoon, July 30.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!

 

Jul
30
Tue
Roosevelt’s “Tree Army” Takes Root in Hawai‘i: The Story of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Hawai‘i National Park @ Lyman Museum
Jul 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Matinée Presentation:

In the early years of our nation’s Great Depression, presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt promised a “new deal” to help put Americans back to work.  In 1933, President Roosevelt initiated a series of programs to spur relief, recovery, and reform of the national economy.  One of the first programs established was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which focused on engaging unemployed young men in agricultural and conservation projects.  Known as the “Tree Army,” the CCC provided young men with jobs on public lands across the country.  The National Park Service was charged with developing such projects, which ranged from fire prevention to erosion and insect control, trash cleanup, reforestation, landscape maintenance, and construction.  The CCC reached the Hawaiian Islands in January 1934 with the establishment of two camps in Hawai‘i National Park, the main one at the Kīlauea Section and a smaller one at Haleakalā.  In exchange for their participation, enrollees were housed, fed, clothed, given medical care, and paid $30.00 per month.  Over a period of seven years the CCC built or reinforced much of the park’s infrastructure.  In 1941 and 1942 these efforts were especially important, as many of the emergency war projects needed by the military were completed.  The legacy of the CCC lives on, since many of the facilities built by these men are still used by park visitors and staff today!  Join Dr. Jadelyn Moniz Nakamura, HVNP Integrated Resources Manager and Science Advisor, to learn more about this fascinating piece of local and national history, on two occasions:  Monday evening, July 29, and the following afternoon, July 30.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!

 

Aug
19
Mon
Coconut: The Incredible Journey @ Lyman Museum
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Coconut palm grove_smallEvening Presentation:

The islands of Hawai‘i emerged from the ocean near the center of one of the most mysterious regions of the globe.  Obscured by time and the endless open sea, the origins and migrations of the peoples of the Pacific were long lost or incompletely understood—until recently.  While archaeology, linguistics, and other fields have tackled such questions with often piecemeal results, some definitive answers have lately been found in the biology of the tropics.  Modern genetic studies—of coconuts—are shedding new light on humanity’s epic ocean voyages.  Among a handful of plants whose modern distribution closely mirrors ancient human migrations, the humble coconut has been key to some of humankind’s greatest accomplishments … and some of the greatest discoveries in modern science!  Local biologist John Stallman traces the path of the coconut across the illusive map of our history, on two occasions:  Monday evening, August 19, and the following afternoon, August 20.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!

 

Aug
20
Tue
Coconut: The Incredible Journey @ Lyman Museum
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Coconut palm grove_smallMatinée Presentation:

The islands of Hawai‘i emerged from the ocean near the center of one of the most mysterious regions of the globe.  Obscured by time and the endless open sea, the origins and migrations of the peoples of the Pacific were long lost or incompletely understood—until recently.  While archaeology, linguistics, and other fields have tackled such questions with often piecemeal results, some definitive answers have lately been found in the biology of the tropics.  Modern genetic studies—of coconuts—are shedding new light on humanity’s epic ocean voyages.  Among a handful of plants whose modern distribution closely mirrors ancient human migrations, the humble coconut has been key to some of humankind’s greatest accomplishments … and some of the greatest discoveries in modern science!  Local biologist John Stallman traces the path of the coconut across the illusive map of our history, on two occasions:  Monday evening, August 19, and the following afternoon, August 20.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!

 

Aug
26
Mon
Post-Fire Recovery and Restoration at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park @ Lyman Museum
Aug 26 @ 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm

fire (002)_smallMatinée and Evening presentation (ONE DATE ONLY):

In the midst of the Kīlauea eruption crisis of 2018, an unrelated wildfire ignited near Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on August 5, burning nearly 4,000 acres—much of this area within the park itself.  More than 100 people from various organizations worked together to suppress the Keauhou Fire, which scorched protective fences and consumed thousands of acres of koa forest and native shrubland.  Destructive as that was, the Keauhou Fire also provided an opportunity to restore biodiversity, control invasive plants, and build fire resilience by boosting populations of fire-tolerant native species which today are quickly reclaiming the charred landscape off Mauna Loa Road.  In today’s warmer, drier world, wildfires are expected (and are proving) to be more frequent.  HVNP botanist Sierra McDaniel shares these experiences and their consequences, and illustrates the value of preparing for wildfire events, twice on Monday, August 26 (afternoon and evening).

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!

 

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