When an independent filmmaker arrived in town to do a video story on the historic Honoka‘a People’s Theater, he turned to the UH Hilo Heritage Center for archived photos and historical perspective.
The former flow front stopped just short of the Pāhoa Transfer Station early last month, creating a perfect viewing area for the public.
The students viewed seven different learning stations hosted by scientists and experts from Civil Defense, UH Hilo’s Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes, UH Hilo Department of Geology, and Hawai‘i Electric Light Company.
The Discovery Chanel’s video includes an excellent explanation of how the lava mapping is done from the UAV flights in the field to the data analysis and mosaic creation done at the UH Hilo Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Laboratory.
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.
Over 90 UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College student volunteers welcomed 130 local high school students to the UH Hilo campus for some inspiration and motivation to graduate and seriously consider future goals.
Collaborative venture of UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College uses unmanned aerial vehicle to study lava.
The flights are in direct support of disaster relief operations in the area of the flow.