• Meet distinguished volcanologist Dr. Jaggar at next Hanohano ‘O Kona Lecture

    February 13, 2020
    Meet distinguished volcanologist Dr. Jaggar at next Hanohano ‘O Kona Lecture
    Kona Historical Society’s free lecture series continues Feb. 26 with a special performance
    Kona Historical Society is proud to announce Ka‘ū actor, playwright and director Dick Hershberger will be the featured speaker for the February installment of the Hanohano ‘O Kona Lecture Series.
    Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar Lives On: A Historical Performance and Lecture begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers. The address of this venue is 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway in Kailua-Kona.
    Hershberger has been performing the critically acclaimed program of "A Walk In The Past" at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for more than seven years. He has acted in theatrical and film productions throughout Hawaii. His latest play is slated for production in the Fall of 2020 in Vienna, Austria.
    The time period for this performance will be December of 1940, when Jaggar is preparing to leave his home in Kealakekua and move to his new residence in the Manoa Valley of Oahu, where he will be on staff at The University of Hawaii. An overview of Jaggar’s 28-year tenure as founder and director of Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory will be presented, including several events that occurred from Kilauea and Mauna Loa eruptions, as well as his thoughts about the federal bureaucracy and its mandated retirement age of 65.
    “After witnessing firsthand the destruction caused by Mount Pelee on the Caribbean Island of Martinique in 1902, with the tragic loss of 29,000 lives, Dr. Jaggar determined that studying volcanic eruptions in an effort to prevent such a horrific loss of life would indeed be a worthwhile occupation for the balance of his working life. The new experimental site occupying the summit of Kilauea became one of the foremost observatories in the world and the work he initiated here continues on now, well over a century after its founding in 1912,” Hershberger said. “In the brief time allotted, I hope that the audience will be aware of the importance of scientific research on our island home and how the work of researchers affects the lives of everyone who reside here.”
    For nearly a decade, Kona Historical Society has offered this community lecture series, spotlighting local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. It is a gift from the Society to the community that has supported it for so long. The lectures are free of charge and open to all, residents and visitors alike. This lecture is generously sponsored by Kona Historical Society members Meg Greenwell and Janet Zeiger.
    Kona Historical Society is currently looking for sponsors for this lecture series. This year, Kona Historical Society has launched the Hanohano ‘O Kona: Wahi Pana Lecture Series, consisting of a series of three lectures in the Spring that bring together distinguished speakers and award-winning musicians to share stories of Hawaii’s important landmarks, neighborhoods and ahupua’a in venues associated with these places. Hawaii Tourism Authority is providing some funding for this special offshoot of the original series. Still, more financial assistance is needed. To make a donation, become a sponsor or learn more, call Kona Historical Society at 808-323-3222 or visit www.konahistorical.org.
    Kona Historical Society is a community-based, nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii. To get the latest updates regarding Kona Historical Society programs, historic sites and special events, “LIKE” Kona Historical Society on Facebook.

    If you would like more information about this topic, photos, or to schedule an interview, please email Community Engagement Manager Carolyn Lucas-Zenk or call the Kona Historical Society main office at 808-323-3222. For general information about our organization, visit www.konahistorical.org.
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