Coleman was a strong advocate for increasing Hawaiian participation in the sciences and worked tirelessly to bridge the astronomy and Hawaiian communities.
Now that the lava flow is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay, researchers are using autonomous ocean robots, an unmanned technology, to capture live ocean data close to the entry area.
UH President David Lassner: UH must move beyond its strengths in astronomy and continue to improve protection of Maunakea’s environment and cultural resources.
UH Hilo has been analyzing lava flow samples from Kīlauea since 2013 but the composition barely changed. Then came May 2018 and a dramatic change.
Katherine Mulliken works as a geologist for the Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, a partner of the Alaska Volcano Observatory, but was sent back home to help with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory response to the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.
UH Hilo professors, scientists and students are providing valuable expertise and resources on multiple fronts, helping government officials assess the hazards to the public and its personnel, and decide where and how to respond.
Over the past five years, Associate Professor Ryan Perroy and UH Hilo students compiled topographic data to determine erosion rates and spatial patterns across the upper summit region.
The report contains comments from a diverse cross section of the Hawai‘i Island community addressing meaning, challenges, and the future of Maunakea.
Students from the Maunakea Scholars program competed to win observation time on telescopes.
“Getting to show the Clintons different nebula and galaxies while sitting below one of the darkest skies in the world was an unforgettable experience,” says UH Hilo astronomy student Mitchel Rudisel.