Post-Fire Recovery and Restoration at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

August 26, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St. Hilo
HI 96720

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!