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Media, Dignitaries Invited to Jan. 21 Special Ceremony for HVO’s Centennial Open House
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s 1912–2012 Centennial—100 Years of Tracking Eruptions and Earthquakes
Released: 1/17/2012 4:07:25 PM

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HAWAI`I ISLAND, Hawaii — The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory marks its 100th anniversary of providing cutting-edge volcano, earthquake monitoring, and hazard assessment with a special ceremony to kick off its centennial open house on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Located on the rim of Kīlauea Volcano’s summit caldera within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, HVO monitors the activity of six Hawaiian volcanoes including Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, two of the most active volcanoes in the world.  The Open House celebrates a century of scientific achievements at this world-renowned research station that is usually closed to the public.


Welcoming Ceremony for USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Centennial Open House



Saturday, January 21, Welcoming Ceremony: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (news media & invited guests only)

Public Open House: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



Jim Kauahikaua, USGS HVO Scientist in Charge

Cindy Orlando, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park Superintendent

Delbert Nishimoto, representing Hawai`i Senator Daniel Inouye

Kim Sasaki, representing Hawai`i Senator Daniel Akaka

Hawai`i Congresswoman Hirono (invited)

Anne Castle, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water & Science



USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (Jaggar Museum parking lot)

1 Crater Rim Drive in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Directions: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/observatory/HVO_directions.html


Program:            8:30 a.m. - USGS Welcome

Traditional Hawaiian chant

NPS Welcome

Remarks from invited dignitaries

Lei untying to welcome guests to the HVO Open House

9:00 a.m. - Public Open House begins

Dignitaries available for one-on-one interviews with local reporters

9:30 a.m. - Guided tours through HVO Open House exhibits for invited guests and news media

10:00 a.m. - Award presentation to 4th-grade student centennial poster-contest winners

4:00 p.m. - Public Open House ends

Admission to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will be waived for the event. For more information on HVO and the centennial, go to http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov.

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