Mauna Loa and Nāmakanipaio Campground Closures
March 15, 2014 - Due to high wind advisories, Mauna Loa is closed to backcountry hiking or camping, Mauna Loa Road is closed beyond Kīpukapuaulu (Bird Park) and Nāmakanipaio campground is closed to tent camping due to possible falling tree limbs. More »
After Dark in the Park Video Archives - Jan 25 2011
Frank Perret: The man who set the stage for HVO's work today
Fresh from volcanic eruptions in the Canary Islands and Italy, volcanologist Frank A. Perret came to Hawai`i in 1911 at the request of Thomas A. Jaggar. After raising funds to establish a scientific observatory at Kilauea Volcano in 1909, Jaggar himself was unable to immediately relocate to Hawai`i. Although Jaggar is credited with founding the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory in 1912, it was Perret who, in 1911, actually set the stage for the next 100 years of continuous volcano monitoring. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Jim Kauahikaua will tell the story of Frank Perret and how his early observations of Kilauea's lava lakes and fountains are relevant to today's summit eruption.
Did You Know?
Polynesians from distant lands came to the shores of Hawai‘i over a thousand years ago. Sailing on large, double-hulled canoes, they navigated by using the position of the stars, the sun and the moon, by the movement of the waves and by the flight of the birds.