Special Events Primarily for Families
The Planning Committee for the AAAS:Pacific Division meeting in Hawai'i has under consideration several options that will appeal to families of participants attending the meeting. Information will be made available as soon as possible.
Special Events for Registrants
The following is a preliminary schedule of Special Events: Lectures, Field trips, Socials, and Dinners planned for the Hawai'i meetings (June 12-16, 2002) This schedule is subject to change.
Wednesday, June 12, 9:00 a.m.: Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Council. This meeting occurs at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy.
Wednesday, June 12: Traditional Hawaiian Welcome, followed by buffet finger-food mixer dinner. 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All registrants and their families are invited to welcoming ceremony. The ensuing dinner is part of the meal package for those staying at HPA. Others are welcome to join by purchasing a meal ticket. Cost: $9.00. This event occurs at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy.
Thursday, June 13: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Traditional Hawaiian barbeque dinner. Those not holding meal cards will have to purchase tickets separately. Cost: $20.00, see Registration Form. This event occurs at a beach about 20 minutes from the Hawaii Preparatory Academy. Transportation will be provided.
Saturday, June 15: Business Meeting of the Council of the Pacific Division, 7:00 a.m. The Council of the AAAS: Pacific Division will hold its annual business meeting and breakfast at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy. The Council will elect officers, plan programs for the 2003 meeting, and transact other business as required by the Divisions Bylaws.
Saturday, June 15: Division Awards and Presidential Address, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Awards of Excellence will be presented to student recipients. Following the awards, Division President Nina Jablonski, Department of Anthropology, California Academy of Sciences, San
Francisco, California, will deliver the President's Address.
A Luau Dinner (7:00 - 9:30 p.m.) will follow the presentation of student awards of excellence and the Division President's lecture. Those not holding meal cards will have to purchase tickets for this event. Cost: $25.00, see Registration Form. Tickets may be available on site on a space available basis. Students who are registered for the meetings, who have presented either an oral or poster paper and are not staying at HPA will be guests of the Division. This event occurs at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy.
Wednesday, June 12: Speaker and topic: TBA
Thursday, June 13: Plenary Lecture Series. 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 13: Evening Lecture. 5:30–6:30 p.m. Speaker and topic: TBA
All field trips are open to meeting registrants and their families. Due to limited space, advance registration is required for all trips. Reservation and payment of field trip fee(s) are included on the Registration Form.
A full refund will be granted if a trip is cancelled by the Division. If a registrant cancels via e-mail, phone, or written notification postmarked before May 18, the registrant will receive a refund of the paid fee(s) less a $10 processing charge.
The following field trips are planned:
Wednesday, 12 June, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.THIS FIELD TRIP IS FILLED.
Field Trip #1: Botanical Field Trip: Rain Forest, led by Don Hemmes (UH Hilo, Biology).
We will drive south from HPA to the Saddle Road (Route 200) and then proceed east along it. The first stop will be to see the endemic mamane-naio, a dry forest near the Saddle Road. This is the home of the endemic and endangered palila (one of the honeycreepers). The tour will then proceed east to view several kipukas (islands of old rain forest) surrounded by more recent lava flows. Participants will eat sack lunches in one of the kipukas. The kipukas are spectacular exam.ples of the endemic plants of the Hawaiian rainforest. After lunch, the tour will proceed east to view another kipuka and then go to see Akaka Falls with its spectacular setting that features bamboo and other exotic introductions. The tour will then turn north along the Hamakua Coast through Honokaa with a stop at Tex's Drive-in for an opportunity to have a world-famous malasada and coffee before proceeding north back to HPA. There are no strenuous hikes, thus tennis shoes and shorts are adequate. Participants should have a rain jacket as rain falls on at least some rain forest sites almost every day.
Friday, 14 June, 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.THIS FIELD TRIP IS FILLED. See Field Trip #6 on Sunday.
Field Trip #2: Volcano Field Trip, led by Don Swanson, US Geological Survey
The volcano tour will leave HPA at 7:30 a.m. and proceed south on Highway 19 along the Hamakua Coast to Hilo and then on Highway 11 to the Jaggar Museum and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory for a 1 - 1 l/2 hour tour of the facility. Following will be a tour around the Kilauea Caldera from Crater Rim Drive. The Thurston Lava Tube and Kilauea Iki Crater will be visited. The tour will then proceed south along the Chain of Craters Road to view various young volcanic features in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. In the latter part of the day participants will drive to the east side of the East Rift Zone in hopes of viewing lava flowing into the sea. The view of the flows at night is awe-inspiring but NO LAVA HAS BEEN VISIBLE SINCE LATE APRIL. The tour will return north to Waimea along Highways 11 and 19 and should arrive in Waimea by 10:30 p.m or much earlier if there is no lava viewing. Make-your-own sack lunches will be prepared by participants in the HPA dining room prior to leaving. Dinner will be at your own expense. Those staying in the HPA dorms will be given a $9.00 credit toward dinner.
Friday, 14 June, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Field Trip #3: Mariculture and Cold, Deep Water Research Field Trip, led by Sara Peck (Sea Grant Progra.m.), Bill Woerner (West Hawai'i Explorations Academy), and Ann Bailey (Common Heritage Corporation).
This field trip will leave HPA at 8 a.m., proceeding south from Waimea along the Queen Kaahumanu Highway toward Kailua-Kona. The first stop will be at the National Energy Laboratory at Keahole Point. Sara Peck will discuss mariculture and the work of the National Laboratory. Additionally, there will be other presentations at the National Laboratory, followed by tours of one or two commercial mariculture facilities. Bill Woerner will show marine research at his innovative Charter School (West Hawaii Explorations Academy). Ann Bailey will demonstrate the use of cold, deep water in an innovative agriculture program, a goal of which is to experiment with making the root zone of a number of cool temperate crops cool enough to grow in a warm tropical environment. The trip will return to Waimea by 4:30 p.m. Make-your-own sack lunches will be prepared by participants in the HPA dining room during breakfast, prior to leaving.
Friday, 14 June, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Field Trip #4: Botanical Field Trip: Dry Forest Ecology and Reforestation Projects, led by members of US Geological Survey.
This field trip will travel the Saddle Road up the slope of Mauna Kea. We will learn of the history of early ungulate releases (cattle, sheep and goats) and ranching and herding and their impact Mauna Kea. Fire ecology and recent fire history will also be discussed. We will look for the endemic and endangered palila (honeycreepers). At the Ahumoa Road junction we will identify the Naio (Myoporum sandwichense: Myoporaceae) and mamane (Sophora chrysophylla: Fabaceace), the dominant trees of the subalpine dry forest, and discuss trtends in native plant regeneration and impacts of alien grases and other weeds. Moving on to the Puu Laau Cabin, we will discuss the history of forest reserve, forestry, and early ungulate control programs. We will walk to a cinder pit in order to compare pasture and forest reserve habitats and the likely results when cattle are removed. We then move to a sandalwood enclosure to discuss the history of sandalwood trade and the former composition of dry forests. Ecology and land use of the inter-volcano regin will be discussed, with views of Hualalai, Mauna Loa, Kohala, and Kone, Maui. An overview of the Palila Project will be given, with discussion of bird, insect, vegetation and predator studies. Moving on, we will proceed to Dog-leg, then go to the tree line and, if participants wish, visit a Silversword enclosure, returning to Waimea about 5 p.m. Make-your-own sack lunches will be prepared by participants in the HPA dining room during breakfast, prior to leaving.
Friday, 14 June, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Field Trip #5: Kaloko-Honokohau Historical Park Field Trip, led by Paul Haberstroh (UH Hilo, Marine Biology).
The Kaloko-Honokohau Historical Park is designated a National Historical Park and managed by the National Park Service. It is a small part of the arid west coast of the Big Island. The site is characterized by numerous small anchialine ponds that do not connect directly to the sea yet receive sea water during high tides and fresh water from downslope run-off from rains in the hills. The ponds are inhabited by endemic species of invertebrates, especially crustaceans, and are "homes" to many species of water fowl and fish. Historically, the ponds were used by native Hawaiians to grow fish by letting in young fish from the sea and growing them in the ponds until harvested. There are numerous petroglyphs in the vicinity of the ponds which can be easily viewed. Issues relevant to the ponds are cultural, dealing with use of the ponds and the area as a living site for Hawaiians, as well as scientific, dealing with the restoration of the ponds and on-going studies of seepage of pollutants into the ponds. The area is also a favorite for bird watchers. The trip will leave HPA at 8 a.m., traveling south from Waimea along the Queen Kaahumanu Highway to the Kona Boat Harbor (Honokohau Harbor). The Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park is adjacent to the harbor. We will return to Waimea by 4:30 p.m. Make-your-own sack lunches will be prepared by participants in the HPA dining room during breakfast, prior to leaving.
Sunday, 16 June, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Field Trip #6: Volcano Field Trip
This field trip is similar to #2 except that we will not stay into the evening to view the glow of lava flows. It will leave at 7:30 a.m. from HPA and return by 4:30 p.m. Make-your-own sack lunches will be prepared by participants in the HPA dining room during breakfast. Participants must have made arrangements for Sunday evening lodging or flights prior to leaving on the field trip. HPA is able to store luggage but currently is completely booked by another group arriving Sunday.
Wednesday - Saturday Evenings, leaving 8:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Field Trip #7: Astronomical Observatory Field Trip
Telescopes for viewing the night sky and interpreters will be available at the Astronomical Observatory at the 9,300 foot level of Mauna Kea. This is a self-guided field trip. Participants leave mid-evening (8:00 - 8:30 p.m.) and drive to the Observatory following directions supplied at the AAASPD Registration desk. Van rides may be available at a nominal cost. Otherwise, there is no charge for this event. If you are interested in riding in a van, inquire at the registration desk about their availability. Available every evening, Wednesday through Saturday.
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