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.
“Getting to show the Clintons different nebula and galaxies while sitting below one of the darkest skies in the world was an unforgettable experience,” says UH Hilo astronomy student Mitchel Rudisel.
The public comments will help in the drafting the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed new land authorization.
Greg Chun will represent the university externally on all matters relating to Maunakea, including the many discussions of alternative models of management.
“Maunakea is the astonishing mountain that stands in the calm” is an ‘olele no‘eau or wise saying that expresses the sentiment that Maunakea is a source of awe and inspiration.
The greenhouse will support restoration work such as planting native species in the Halepōhaku area.