The recent volcanic activity on the island of Hawai'i has been splashed all over the news lately and HPA would like to offer some helpful information.
On the other side of the island of Hawai'i from Hawai'i Preparatory Academy (HPA), Hawai'i's long-active Kīlauea Volcano has seen increased activity in the last week or so. Volcanic activity has caused the evacuation of those living immediately adjacent to Kīlauea. While some tremors were felt on campus due to after shocks from the volcanic eruptions, one must drive almost 100 miles to reach Kīlauea from HPA. Our Waimea campus is located in the safest region of the island, Kohala, in a very low danger zone for volcanic activity and lava flow.
Location of Hawai'i Preparatory Academy and Kīlauea
Image courtesy of Google Maps.
Lava-flow Hazard Zones Map, Island of Hawai'i
As you can see form the diagram below, Hawai'i Preparatory Academy is located between lava-flow zones 8 and 9, where the last volcanic activity took place between 10,000-60,000 years ago. To view a high resolution version of this image on the USGS website, go here.
Hawai'i's Kīlauea Volcano Has Been Actively Erupting Since 1983
Many people don't realize that Kīlauea has been in a state of active eruption for the last 35 years. A major tourist attraction, visitors come from around the world to witness active lava flows on land and take tourist boat rides like the one below from Lava Ocean Tours to see lave pouring dramatically into the ocean. Every year this volcano is literally increasing the size of our island, inch by inch.
Living in Hawai'i's Unique Ecosystem
The island of Hawai'i where HPA is located is one of the most diverse and exciting ecosystems on earth. We have the greatest concentration of climate zones in the world - 4 out of the 5 major climate zones and 8 out of the 13 sub-zones - supporting a wide array of plants, animals, and ecological conditions for exploration and study. Occasionally the amazing natural forces at play on the island make it necessary for residents of the island of Hawai'i to be on alert, take precautions, or even move out of the path of harm. At any time, you may visit the County of Hawai'i's site for Civil Defense messages and alerts that pertain to those who live specifically on the island of Hawai'i. This site is a good source of unbiased information on the recent volcanic activity. To learn more about Hawai'ian lava, we can recommend A Beginner's Guide to Hawai'i's Otherworldly Lava.
Help Those Affected By the Volcanic Activity
KHON2 news has put together a great article outlining what you can do to help the people displaced by the recent lava activity near Leilani Estates on the island of Hawai'i. On this page you can find information on how to make donations of goods and funds to help, as well as additional information on the regions affected and how to prepare for an evacuation if you're living adjacent to Kīlauea.