Public Seminars in 2010

Natural Hazards in Hawai`i


In the spring of 2010, the UH-Hilo Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) will be offering four Teacher Training Workshops. For the first Saturday morning of each session, expert speakers will make presentations from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, and the public is invited to attend.

The seminars will cover the science behind each natural hazard, the impacts of those hazards on our island community, and ways residents can mitigate effects of these natural hazards.

Volcanoes: January 16 Finished!

Earthquakes: February 20 Finished!

Tsunamis: April 17 Finished!

Hurricanes: May 15

Seminars will be held at UH-Hilo Campus, UCB 100. Directions: As you drive along West Kawili Street, turn into the UHH Main Entrance and enjoy free parking on the day of the Seminar. Park near the top of the lot, and walk uphill to the University Classroom Building, Room 100. (Nearby buildings include Campus Center and the Theater; UCB is just uphill of the Main Entrance.)

Boat leaves Hilo

Photo: As muddy water recedes, boats leave Hilo Bay during the 2010 tsunami.

Program for Saturday, May 15: Hurricanes!
Time Speaker Subject
8:30   Doors open for the public
9:00 Don Thomas Science of Hurricanes
9:20 Robert Ballard Threats of Hurricanes
9:55 BREAK Coffee & Cookies
10:05 Quince Mento Civil Defense Mitigation & Response
10:30 Afaq Sarwar Hurricane-Proofing Your Home
10:45 Don Thomas Preparedness
11:30   Q&A

For more information, please contact:

Sean O'Neill
Natural Hazards Outreach Assistant
Email: oneills (at)
Phone: (808)974-7631 Fax: (808)974-7677

Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes
University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720

Tsunami DT Lava

Above: Seminars will cover hazards faced by Hawaii residents, and feature speakers from the scientific and engineering community and Civil Defense.