Monitoring Mauna Loa eruption activity

Nov. 28, 2022

Like many across our island, we have been monitoring the Mauna Loa earthquake and eruption activity over the last month. After last night’s eruption, we know that there may be some unease and worry with the situation.

We want to reassure our ʻohana that we remain on top of this situation, and while school remains open, we are prepared with plans for evacuation and will make programmatic adjustments should the situation necessitate it. This includes monitoring for air quality at our kula, which is done regularly. We have an SO2 monitoring station on-campus.

We will continue to monitor the latest updates from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense.

The most recent update included an ashfall warning, which we are monitoring. See the update below:

CD and National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a ashfall warning due to the Mauna Loa eruption. NWS is tracking a rain front that will bring winds to the south that may affect the ash and sulfur dioxide that is being emitted. Winds may keep the ash and sulfur over the islands. HVO has issued a red ash alert to all airlines as well as a high sulfuric warning. HVO says Hawaii island can see up to ½ inch of ash fall. Persons with respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors and take precautions.

The United States Geological Surevey (USGS) also has two websites with additional information:

We pray for the health, safety, and well-being of you and your ʻohana. Safety is a sacred kuleana we hold tightly for our kauhale, and encourage all to remain makaʻala and take appropriate precautions.

Mālama pono!

A view of Mauna Loa's glow from our kula earlier this morning.