3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Registered on West Side of the Big Island Today

Magnitude 3.0
Location 19.571°N, 156.394°W
Depth 36 km (22.4 miles)
  • 42 km (26 miles) W (260°) from Kailua, HI
  • 44 km (27 miles) WSW (248°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 45 km (28 miles) W (264°) from Holualoa, HI
  • 138 km (86 miles) W (264°) from Hilo, HI
  • 244 km (152 miles) SE (142°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 2.1 km (1.3 miles); depth +/- 1.8 km (1.1 miles)
Parameters Nph= 40, Dmin=41 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp=241°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Event ID hv60333181

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park – May Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Program

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout May.  Most programs are free (except where noted), and park entrance fees apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii. Award-winning author Frances H. Kakugawa shares the stories of her life in the town of Kapoho, which was engulfed by lava during the 1960 eruption. Born and raised in Kapoho, Kakugawa’s precise recall in Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii (Watermark Publishing, 2011) helps remind us of the beautiful innocence of youth and the realities of growing up poor in Hawai‘i. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free. When: Tues., May 1, 7 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

The Kāpili Choir

Kāpili Choir: Concert on Kīlauea. Kāpili Choir, the premier vocal ensemble of the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo under the direction of Dr. Matthew Howell, will perform an evening concert described as an eclectic blend of gospel, early American and contemporary Hawaiian choral arrangements. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free. When: Tues., May 8, at 7 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium


Oral Abihai

Hawaiian ‘Ukulele Demonstration. Join Oral Abihai as he shares his passion for making ‘ukulele from discarded or naturally fallen pieces of wood. Learning only several years ago in Lahaina from Kenny Potts, he has since made more than 50 ‘ukulele. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. When: Wed., May 9 from 10 a.m. to noon Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu ma Kīlauea

An Evening of Hula and Hawaiian Music. Come witness some of the traditions of Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu ma Kīlauea, under the direction of kumu hula Ab Kawainohoikala‘i Valencia. The evening begins with a humble vocal supplication for inspiration and grace. Observe the method of adorning oneself for dance as the novice ‘ōlapa (dancer) prepares for the hula. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free. When: Wed., May 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

i‘e kuku

Kapa Workshop. Join Park Ranger Joni Mae Makuakāne-Jarrell and create your own one-foot piece of kapa (bark cloth). The class is free, and materials are $20. Kona-born practitioner and artist Kauhane Heloca will assist you as you design and create your own kapa implements. The class is free, but implement materials are $300. This includes four implements: kua (wooden anvil), i‘e kuku (square beater), hohoa (round beater) and niho ‘oki (shark tooth knife). Space is limited to 30 students. To reserve your space, contact Joni Mae at joni_mae_makuakane-jarrell@nps.gov, or call 985-6020 by May 7. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops When: Sat., May 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Park’s Education Center

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits Kailua High School – “Cultivating Unbiased Compassion”

Students at Kailua High School welcome His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to their campus. Pictures courtesy of Pillars of Peace.

Kailua High School students were honored with a visit from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet on Monday morning.

Students from Kailua High School perform a welcome hula for
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

The school was chosen for its unique curriculum, which emphasizes compassion, intellectual thinking and conflict resolution.

One of three lucky Kailua High School Students chosen to greet His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and welcome him to Kailua High School

Staying consistent with his message of nonviolence, His Holiness the Dalai Lama warned against bullying and encouraged students to manage destructive emotions through mental strength.

Students perform an oli aloha, a welcome chant, for His Holiness

Students from the eighth to twelfth grades asked thoughtful questions selected from a pool of more than 800.

Hawaii State Teacher of the Year Chad Miller opened up the Q & A with His Holiness

The high school sent the Dalai Lama off with a gift of a peace quilt and a paddle.

His Holiness addresses 850  students at Kailua High School on the topic of “Cultivating Unbiased Compassion.”

To listen to what His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet said to the students at Kailua High School click here: “Cultivating Unbiased Compassion”.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama Blesses the Hokule’a, Answers Questions and HOLDS MY HAND!

I was invited yesterday for a private event held at Kualoa State Park on Oahu, where His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet blessed the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hokule’a canoe and then answered questions for invited media folks in Hawaii.


His Holiness arrived at Kualoa Park today for a private blessing ceremony for the Hokule’a. As he was escorted to the blessing by Nainoa Thompson and John DeFries, the Dalai Lama was greeted by the sound of conch shells and chants. The Dalai Lama’s earth blessing led into the consecration of the Hokule’a. At the end of the ceremony, the Dalai Lama boarded the Hokule’a with his entourage. The Dalai Lama’s gift of a scarf was tied to the mast, drawing a close to the poignant blessing. (photos courtesy of Pilars of Peace)

Cy Bridges and other members the Hakipu’u Ohana perform a chant to welcome His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet to Kualoa Regional Park on Oahu.

Hakipu’u Ohana blow the pu shell (conch shell) announcing the arrival of His Holiness

His Holiness climbs aboard the Hokule’a

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet jokes with members of the Hokule’a Crew following the Earth Blessing and Consecration of the Hokule’a and the World Wide Voyage.

Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, takes in the Earth Blessing by His Holiness

The crew of the Hokule’a tie a Khata that was given to them by His Holiness to the mast of their canoe

After His Holiness did the blessing, he moved over to a tent where His Holiness fielded questions from the media that was invited… I almost tripped moving to my seat knowing he was coming so close to me!


He spent about 30 minutes talking to reporters and I just kind of was stunned in amazement that I was sitting right across from him!

Here are some of the pictures I took during the question and answer period with His Holiness (Click for larger view):

Here is His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet’s answer to a couple of the questions asked:


And a more serious question regarding the military presence here in the State of Hawaii:


After the question and answer session… His Holiness actually held my hand for about five seconds!!!!  I still haven’t washed my hand!


His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle for Tibet and received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his “many enduring and outstanding contributions to peace, nonviolence, human rights and religious understanding.” He recently won the 2012 Templeton Prize for his work in spiritually relevant scientific research. Author of more than 72 books and the recipient of numerous awards and honorary doctorates, His Holiness describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. For more information about the Dalai Lama, please visit: www.dalailama.com.


With 95 years of community service, the Hawai’i Community Foundation is the leading philanthropic institution in the state. The Foundation is a steward of more than 600 funds, including more than 160 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities. In 2011, more than $43 million in grants and contracts were distributed statewide. The Foundation also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector. Visit www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org for more information.


Active philanthropists who are guided by their belief that people are inherently capable and basically good, Pierre and Pam Omidyar have committed more than $1 billion to help individuals improve their lives and ignite change across a variety of sectors and geographies. The Omidyars received the 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of the lasting impact of their work and generosity. In 2009, Pierre and Pam made an historic $50 million commitment to the Hawai’i Community Foundation to establish the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund, which is being used to launch several community initiatives. To learn more about the Omidyars’ commitment to Hawai’i and ongoing philanthropic interests around the world, go to www.pillarsofpeacehawaii.org/hosts.