Hula about more than dance movements

For Kumu Hula Lona Warner, who started Halau Makanani in her Kailua-Kona carport at age 63, hula is about more than dance movements. It’s about life and mana.

Who and what is the scientist-in-charge?

Today’s article, written by HVO Scientist-in-Charge Christina (Tina) Neal, is the second in a series of articles about HVO people and jobs during Volcano Awareness Month 2020. Next week, another HVO team will write about its work.

HVO scientists mentor STEM students at national conference

About a month ago, I attended the 2019 National Diversity in STEM Conference, an annual meeting organized by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and held in Honolulu this year.

Volcano Watch: Why is the 2018 lava still so hot?

HILO — As roads are recut into Kilauea’s 2018 lava flow field, many have been surprised at how hot the lava remains under the surface, even though it is solidified. Why is it still so hot? The short and simple answer is that lava insulates itself very well.

Volcano Watch: High-altitude station maintenance on Mauna Loa

U.S. Geological Survey trucks pull off the shoulder of Mauna Loa Observatory Road before dawn. I park the Jeep at the helicopter staging area, a flat rubble strip flanked by a’a lava. The air is cool and thin at 10,000 feet altitude. Our field crew of six from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) keep warm unloading gear. We clear the landing zone for the inbound pilot. We organize packs, tools and equipment by checklist for the helicopter.

Volcano Watch: What was that ship doing by the 2018 lava deltas?

HILO — In late September, East Hawaii residents with ocean views may have noticed an unusual ship — too small for a cruise ship, too big for a fishing boat — sailing just offshore of the 2018 lava deltas along the Puna coast. It also entered Hilo Harbor, where it deployed several smaller boats that canvassed the bay within the breakwall.

Volcano Watch: Why do so many deep earthquakes happen around Pahala?

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) detects tens of thousands of earthquakes each year. Currently, one of the most active areas of seismicity is Kilauea’s lower Southwest Rift Zone. This area produces numerous deep earthquakes, mostly at depths of 5-25 miles beneath the town of Pahala and extending about 6 miles offshore.

HVO staff lend a helping hand to Alaska colleagues

ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA — Volcano observatories across the United States work together to ensure efficient and thorough monitoring of the nation’s active volcanoes. This collaboration is particularly evident during a crisis, like the 2018 eruption of Kilauea Volcano.