Hawaii News Digest, 22 October 2017, 1530 UTC, Post #15820.
Reporter: U.S. Geological Survey.
Accessed on 22 October 2017, 1530 UTC.
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A new Kilauea Volcano documentary produced by the U.S. Geological Survey is now online. The 24-minute video essay is titled “Kilauea Summit Eruption–Lava Returns to Halema’uma’u”.
The well-paced documentary tells the story of the eruption and shows video and photos of the inaccessible lava lake with the public.
The organization of the production is superb and acknowledges the debt owed to the Native Hawaiian culture:
“The video begins with a chant about Halema‘uma‘u by Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele, a retired kumu hula who taught Hawaiian studies at Hawaii and Maui community colleges and the University of Hawaii at Hilo and remains an icon of Hawaiian culture today. The chant expresses traditional observations of an active lava lake and reflects the connections between science and culture that continue on Kilauea today.”
“The documentary then recounts the eruptive history of Halema‘uma‘u and describes the formation and continued growth of Kilauea’s current summit vent and lava lake. Narration is provided by Jackie Pualani Johnson, a recently retired drama professor and chairperson of the UH-Hilo Performing Arts Department.”
“As the story unfolds, six HVO scientists share their insights on the summit eruption. Topics include how they monitor Kilauea’s summit lava lake, how and why the lake level rises and falls, why explosive events occur, the connection between the volcano’s ongoing summit and East Rift Zone eruptions and the impacts of the summit eruption on the Island of Hawaii and beyond.”
You can see the video on the USGS Youtube channel–https://youtu.be/gNoJv5Vkumk.
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