Maunakea Speaker Series - Growth and Evolution of Maunakea

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UH Hilo Science & Technology Building, Room 108: Hilo, HI


Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm


The Office of Maunakea Management, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy, are pleased to announce that the next monthly scholar-focused presentation has been set for Tuesday, October 17. Starting at 7 p.m., Dr. Ken Hon, Professor of Geology and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, will examine what we know about the growth and evolution of Maunakea volcano and its complicated relationship with its nearby mountain siblings Kohala and Maunaloa. This exciting free lecture will be held at the UH Hilo Science & Technology Building room 108. On-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4 p.m.

Dr. Ken Hon is an enthusiastic instructor of Physical Geology, Volcanoes and Earthquakes, Geology of the Hawaiian Islands, Mineralogy, Petrology, Volcanology, and Remote Sensing, with his research focusing on these same topics.  His work concentrates on Hawai‘i’s basaltic volcanoes and large ash-flow caldera eruptions. Dr. Hon is perhaps best known for his work on the mechanics of pāhoehoe lava emplacement.

Maunakea Speaker Series

The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai'i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

For more information visit or call (808) 933-0734.

About Office of Maunakea Management

The Office of Maunakea Management is charged with day-to-day management of Mauna Kea Science Reserve as prescribed in the Master Plan. The adoption of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan by the University of Hawai’i Board of Regents in June 2000 marked a critical milestone in the management of Maunakea.

Meetings and public hearings spanning a period of nearly two years went into the formulation of the Master Plan, which established management guidelines for the next 20 years. The Master Plan reflected the community’s deeply rooted concerns over the use of Maunakea, including respect for Hawaiian cultural beliefs, protection of environmentally sensitive habitat, recreational use of the mountain, and astronomy research.

It places the focus of responsibility locally with the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The UH-Hilo Chancellor established the Office of Maunakea Management and the Board of Regents established the Maunakea Management Board in the fall of 2000. The Maunakea Management Board in turn formed Kahu Kū Mauna, a council comprised of Hawaiian cultural resource persons to serve as advisors.

The mission of the Office of Maunakea Management is to achieve harmony, balance and trust in the sustainable management and stewardship of Mauna Kea Science Reserve through community involvement and programs that protect, preserve and enhance the natural, cultural and recreational resources of Maunakea while providing a world-class center dedicated to education, research and astronomy.

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