UH Hilo researchers help County design survey for community impacted by lava flow

UH Hilo geography researchers have been working with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense and Hawai‘i Island United Way to design a survey that will capture the needs of the lower Puna community affected by the lava flow.

Logos and seals from County of Hawaii, State of Hawaii (yellow and red); Civil Defense (blue and red); and United Way Hawaii Island (blues and yellow).Researchers from the geography and environmental sciences department at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo provided their expertise to Hawai‘i County Civil Defense and Hawai‘i Island United Way to design a survey that will capture the needs of the lower Puna community that may be affected by the lava flow active near Pāhoa.

Mark Kimura
Mark Kimura

Mark Kimura, a researcher who specializes in economic geography, and Kathryn Besio,  associate professor and chair of the UH Hilo geography department, helped design the survey.

“If you live in the affected area of lower Puna, please take some time and answer these questions,” says Kimura on his Facebook page. “The results will be used by relief organizations such as American Red Cross to optimize their operations.”

Kathryn Besio
Kathryn Besio

From the Hawai‘i Island United Way website:

Thank you for taking the time to respond to our survey.

Hawai‘i Island United Way continues to work with our Partner Agencies and other resources in our community to assist families in need.

Your responses will help greatly in our efforts. We will be using the information to better coordinate our efforts. Mahalo!

The Lava Flow Social Impact Survey is designed to help tailor the response to the needs of the community.

If you are a Organization, Agency, or Business responding to the lava flow, please click here.

If you are a PUNA RESIDENT and will be affected by the lava flow, please click here. 

We appreciate you taking the time to fill out the online survey, if you prefer to fill out a hard copy of the survey or would like to provide a survey to a friend or neighbor you can print a hard copy.

Click here for June 27th Lava Flow Community Needs Survey.

Please drop off completed survey’s at the Civil Defense Command Center in Pahoa at the Community Center.

For the past two months, Kimura has been closely monitoring the current lava flow in Puna while generating mapping data showing the possible effects if or when the flow cuts off the main artery of transportation, Highway 130.

For more information from the UH Hilo researchers, contact Mark Kimura or Kathryn Besio.

-UH Hilo Stories