Ups and Downs of Halema‘uma‘u

April 17, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720

Matinée presentation:

Halema‘uma‘u, the large crater in Kīlauea Caldera, has had an eventful past and faces an uncertain (though ultimately fatal) future.  Probably first appearing early in the 19th century, the lava in the crater reached its highest level in 1894, when it stood only 282 feet below the Volcano House.  (Thankfully, since then the lava level has remained at least 500 feet below the hotel.)  Halema‘uma‘u has enthralled visitors with its lava lakes, lured at least three people to their deaths, and served as a centerpiece for countless photographs and paintings.  Using some of these captivating artistic renderings, Dr. Don Swanson, geologist at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, traces the volcanic history of Halema‘uma‘u and shares personal anecdotes about his encounters with the crater in 1967—68.  Attend this presentation either in the afternoon or evening of April 17 to get better acquainted with one of the most recognizable features of the island we live on.

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!