SARAH MARUSEK, POLITICAL SCIENCE: With visible property lines gone and disaster management agencies opening up the land for public access, protections for private residents seem to be in opposition with governmental management.
MARK KIMURA, ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY: The “economic” impact is just a small part of the big picture. There are also cultural, political, psychological and environmental impacts. There might also be things we can’t even imagine today.
Mark Kimura, a researcher at UH Hilo who specializes in economic geography, is generating dozens of easy-to-read infographics showing the effects of the lava flow in Puna.
At present, both campuses are planning for classes to continue as scheduled. Members of the university and college communities who live in the affected area in Puna are encouraged to stay advised of updates to the web page.
Ten hogs, 14 sheep, and over 30 head of cattle were transported to cooperating private farms near Hilo and to Kapulena grazing lands.
UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College are closely monitoring the June 27th lava flow from Kilauea and are currently formulating contingency plans to address various issues that may arise.
Mark Kimura, a researcher in economic geography at UH Hilo, has generated data showing who, how many people, and what businesses could possibly be affected by the lava flow if or when it cuts off highway and then reaches the shore.