Red carpet treatment for future HVO site

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland speaks to keiki that participated in the kipaepae, which blessed the location of the future USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center at the UH-Hilo campus on Wednesday, June 28, 2023. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald U.S. Geological Survey Director David Applegate talks with a man Wednesday after the blessing ceremony for the future Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald People participate in the kipaepae, which blessed the location of the future USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center at the UH-Hilo campus on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Brian Schatz laughs with No'el Ka'iako Tagab-Cruz, an associate professor of Hawaiian studies, during a blessing ceremony Wednesday for the future site of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A dancer chants and dances hula during the kipaepae, a welcoming ceremony for future USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center in Hilo.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland speaks to keiki on Wednesday who participated in the kipaepae, or welcoming ceremony, for the future USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center at the UH-Hilo campus.

Work on a new home for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory kicked off Wednesday with a ceremony attended by federal officials.