Meet the Experts at Natural Hazards in Hawaii


The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) invites the public to its four public seminars on natural hazards in Hawaiʻi. Special additional workshops will be available for Big Island teachers. There is no admission charge.

The seminars will cover the science behind each natural hazard, the impacts of those hazards on the community, and ways residents can mitigate effects of these natural hazards. Each seminar is scheduled on a Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in UH Hilo’s UCB 100.

The first presentation is on Volcanoes on January 16 with the following presenters and their topics:

  • Don Thomas: Introduction to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes
  • Jim Kauahikaua: Volcanic Hazards on the Island of Hawaiʻi and Overview of Volcano Monitoring at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
  • Don Swanson: Explosive Volcanism at Hawaiʻi’s Volcanoes
  • Frank Trusdell: Mapping of Mauna Loa’s Eruptive History and Critical Infrastructure
  • Quince Mento: Civil Defense and Their Role in the Response to Volcanic Hazards
  • Andrea Ka’awaloa: First person Account of the Kalapana Lava Inundation
Other presentations are Earthquakes on February 20, Tsunamis on April 17, and Hurricanes on May 15.

For changes and updates to the seminar schedule, go to: For information on the teacher training workshops, go to: or call CSAV at (808) 974-7631.

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