Traditions of the Pacific Presents: Fire in the Sea: Learning from the 2018 Kīlauea Eruption
Traditions of the Pacific Presents
Fire in the Sea: Learning from the 2018 Kīlauea Eruption
With Dr. Scott Rowland, volcanologist at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Thursday, August 15, 2019
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Members: Free with online registration and membership card
The spring-summer 2018 Kīlauea eruption was unprecedented in post-contact times, in terms of the nature and scale of the activity and the destruction of homes and infrastructure. Was this eruption associated with the fiery forces of Pele or could it signify an older deity, ʻAilāʻau, the Forest Eater? This scientific talk by Dr. Scott Rowland, a specialist in Volcanology in Hawaiʻi, will highlight some of the unusual aspects of the 2018 eruption, its effects, and what is yet to be learned and even un-learned from of this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Speaker bio: Dr. Scott Rowland is a volcanologist at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he teaches and conducts research that focuses on the geology of the Hawaiian Islands. His expertise has been called upon by multiple media outlets, most recently CNN, National Geographic, and local news stations. He is also a member of the team for NASA’s rover Curiosity and its ongoing studies of Mars, including its volcanoes. Dr. Rowland was born and raised on Oʻahu and currently resides with his ʻohana in Waimānalo.
Traditions of the Pacific is coordinated by the Bishop Museum Association Council, the supporting council for Bishop Museum members, to celebrate the extraordinary history, culture, and environment of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.