Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcano Awareness Month

January 19, 2010, 11:29 am

January is Volcano awareness month in Hawai’i. This month, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i County Civil Defense and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo are hosting a number of events and activities designed to increase awareness of the volcanoes so many call home.

During  the course of the month these partners will offer guided tours, hikes, evening talks and teacher workshops. The events are all designed to promote respect and understanding of Hawai’i’s Volcanoes and the hazards they can create.

January was chosen as Volcano awareness month because it marks the 27th anniversary of Kileau’s ongoing east rift eruption. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the destruction of the town of Kalapana, which was buried beneath several feet of lava.

The discussions and events remind inhabitants of the destruction caused by volcanoes but also the many ways in which Hawaiians rely on the volcanoes as a vital resource. The series will highlight the various agricultural and energy resources volcanoes provide, as well as their sheer destructive power. For more information please visit any of the participating organizations’ websites, or download a complete list of events here.