|Rodrigo Romo, PICES program manager ,will give a talk on using Hawaiian basalt as construction|
materials simulant for use on the moon and Mars. Photo from PICES
Romo explains that basalt is a volcanic rock formed from the rapid cooling of basaltic lava. Volcanoes in Hawai‘i primarily erupt basalt, and have a relatively high fluidity that favors the formation of lava flows. “We have conducted chemical analysis on the composition of Hawaiian basalt using samples collected at various locations on Hawai‘i Island,” says Romo. “We’ve found that some of these samples closely resemble lunar regolith (fine dust) in composition. This makes our local basalt an ideal lunar simulant, and we are using it to research how we can harness the basalt found on the Moon as a construction material.”
|PICES Rover, developed to help with construction on a moon or|
other planet. Photo from PICES
Romo originates from Guadalajara, Mexico where he obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering. He joined PISCES in 2014 as a Project Manager and has over 25 years of experience in Project Management. He has been interested in space exploration and the development of sustainable materials ever since his experience as a crewmember during Biosphere 2’s second manned mission in the Arizona desert in 1994.
Maunakea Skies presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. General admission tickets are $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply). Pre-purchase tickets at ‘Imiloa’s front desk or by phone at 808-932-8901.
|Raise money for Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes|
National Park by entering the "Zero-Mile Event"
at the Rain Forest Runs.
A statement from Friends invites people to "Walk, roll or crawl across the finish line and receive a beautiful medal celebrating Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's 20 Year Anniversary. Every participant who can traverse the entire zero mile (about 15 feet) through the finish line to a cheering crowd, will receive a Friends' medal. Medals cannot be purchased, you must register and be present to receive."
The fundraiser takes place at Cooper Center in Volcano Village at the race place. Donations to enter are $20 for adults, $10 for those 14 and younger and free for children in strollers. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Friends will have a booth at the Rainforest Run/Zero Mile with new merchandise for sale. We now have keiki sizes, including babies, along with 10 color choices. The booth will be open from 8am - 3pm on August 19 - stop by and see us.
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|Hawai`i is is one of the many places in the U.S. where the average annual temperature rose|
between 1986 and 2016. Image from U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Change Special Report.
The report states that "Since the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment was published in May 2014, stronger evidence has emerged for continuing, rapid, human-caused warming of the global atmosphere and ocean......The last few years have also seen record-breaking, climate-related weather extremes, the three warmest years on record for the globe and continued decline in arctic sea ice. These trends are expected to continue in the future over climate (multidecadal) timescales.....Since 1980, the cost of extreme events for the United States has exceeded $1.1 trillion, therefore better understanding of the frequency and severity of these events in the context of a changing climate is warranted."
This graphical representation shows how natural and human activity contributes to chemical composition changes
in the atmosphere leading to climate change.
Image from U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Change Special Report.
|Pick up the August edition of The Ka`u Calendar delivered|
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka`u, from Miloli`i
through Volcano. Also available on stands throughout
the district. See it online at www.kaucalendar.com
KA`U PLANTATION DAYS begins with a parade from Na`alehu School to Na`alehu Park on Highway 11 this Saturday, Aug. 12 at 9 a.m, followed by a gathering at Na`alehu Community Center and park.
There will be food booths, arts and crafts, information booths, games, keiki photos by the police department, tug o war, food contest, lauhala weaving, arm wrestling, archery shoot, silent auction, horseshoes, Hawaiian games, lei making and Hawaiian medicine.
Free, call Ka`u Multicultural Society's Darlyne Vierra or Liz Kuluwaimaka at 640-8740 or 339-0289. Retired teachers who taught in Ka`u will be honored.
The evening explores evolution of the American jazz saxophone and highlights the historic diversions as America opened up on the East and West coasts with the creation of many styles and personalities. Jazz in the Forest takes place at the Volcano Art Center campus on Old Volcano Highway. The Wine and Beer Room will be open for attendees to enjoy before and after the concert. An area is set aside for dancing. Tickets are $18 for VAC members, $20 non-members. For more information or to register call Volcano Art Center at 808-967-8222.
Tango and classical music are among the offerings at the Hawai`i International Music Festival concert at Pahala Plantation House on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.