Why is Geology Important?
Geology is the study of the Earth. In Hawai‘i, geology is especially pertinent because it includes volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunami, coastal processes, and water supplies. Geological knowledge was important in pre-contact Hawai‘i because of the dependence on stone implements for many aspects of life, the importance of agriculture in sustaining society, and because geologic hazards (mostly attributed to Pele) caused hardships. Lessons and field trips present the connections among science, culture and the observations made by Hawaiians.
- Geological map of Hawai‘i– Felt an earthquake? Report it here.
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)
- Recent earthquakes in Hawai‘i– Kīlauea status reports
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Geology and Hawaiian Langauge