Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative
PO Box 384087
Waikoloa Village, HI, United States, 96738
We’re so excited to launch our newest educational program, the Waikōloa Biocultural Series 2020, with such an amazing speaker, Dr. Jim Kauahikaua who brings a wealth of volcanic experience and knowledge to our community in this presentation on the geologic history of Hawai’i and the lava flows and eruptions that created the substrate for all of our forests. This will be a fascinating talk with lots of time for discussion and questions.
This talk will begin a monthly series featuring a guest speaker in the preserve on the third Friday of the month at 5pm and will be held inside the preserve at our Hale (weather permitting). With generous support from the County of Hawai’i and the Hawai’i Community Foundation, we are offering this series free to the public! A detailed schedule of upcoming talks will be coming soon.
We ask that guests park along the road near our front gate, WDFI staff will provide transportation to the hale or you may walk in from here. Please arrive early so that we can start on time! if you require special assistance, please contact us to make arrangements for your visit. We hope to see you there!
More about our Speaker:
Dr. Kauahikaua is a geophysicist and a former Scientist-in-Charge of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO). He grew up in Kailua, Oʻahu, and received degrees from Kamehameha Schools, Pomona College, and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. A geophysicist by training, Jim has partly morphed into a physical volcanologist, studying the formation and evolution of lava flows and lava tubes, and a volcano historian, reconstructing the details of past Kīlauea and Mauna Loa eruptions using both English, and Hawaiian, language sources. Jim lives in Hilo on old Mauna Loa flows along the Wailuku River with his wife, Jeri, and a dog named Pililaloha. You can read more about Jim and his extensive work on the USGS website, or in this article.