During the eruption, members of the UH Hilo drone team provided data to Civil Defense to aid in a range of ways, such as helping residents to recoup losses.
The Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan, approved by the UH Board of Regents in June 2000, established the Maunakea Management Board, which is comprised of seven voting members representing the Hawaiʻi Island community.
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.
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.