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Island Science Lecture Series presents the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Join us for a social and presentation by Ken Hon, Ph.D., on HVO’s mission to monitor the active volcanoes in Hawaii.

Note: This event is best suited for adults 21+


  • 5:00 PM – Doors open, networking, light pupus, and refreshments
  • 5:30 PM – Presentation and Q&A
  • 6:15 PM – Networking
  • 7:00 PM – Pau

What to expect

  • Learn about the work of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and its mission to monitor the active volcanoes in Hawaii
  • Hear from Scientist-in-Charge, Ken Hon, Ph.D., on how HVO assesses hazards, issues warnings, and advances scientific understanding to reduce the impacts of volcanic eruptions
  • Go beyond the beaches and learn about Hawaiʻi Island’s fascinating realms of diverse geographies, climates, and the rich culture of innovation, science, and engineering that thrive here!
  • Meet and network with visitors and community members interested in shaping a resilient and sustainable future for Hawai‘i Island
  • Enjoy light pupus as well as a selection of beer, wine, and soft drinks

About Ken Hon, Ph.D.

As the Scientist-in-Charge of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), Ken leads about 30 staff who help to ensure that HVO fulfills its mission to monitor the active volcanoes in Hawaii, assess their hazards, issue warnings, and advance scientific understanding to reduce impacts of volcanic eruption.

About the Island Science Lecture Series

The Island Science Lecture Series is a collaboration between the Hawaii Keiki Museum, Startup Hawaiʻi, and the Kona Science Cafe thanks to the generous support of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority. Through a series of events, visitors and residents will be encouraged to “go beyond the beaches” and explore Hawaiʻi Island’s living laboratory of unique and diverse geographies and climates.

Experience the spirit of aloha, and venture into the world of science and innovation as we showcase the remarkable achievements of local pioneers in various fields. From astronomy to agriculture, witness how our island’s innovators have made a global impact and contributed to the advancement of knowledge. Whether you’re a local resident or a curious traveler, these lectures are a gateway to discover the thriving ecosystems that call our island their home, and gain a deeper understanding of the delicate balance between nature and human impact.

Events will take place once a month, starting July 2023 and running through December 2023. Events will focus on exploring the science, engineering, technology, and cultural aspects of Hawaiʻi Island. The Lecture Series will facilitate critical and meaningful interactions, collaboration, and networking across the scientific, business, and visitor communities.

Join us in celebrating the uniqueness and brilliance of Hawaiʻi Island.

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