August 28th, 7:25 pm

Big Island Learning

This video chronicles the historical changes at the summit of Kīlauea from April 14 to August 20, 2018. The crater within the caldera is now seven times larger than it was before the onset of subsidence.
(edited USGS source video)
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August 15th, 1:35 pm

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Have you read Bobby Camara's blog: Dispatches from Volcano? Bobby writes within a context of people, place, and the history of Hawai'i Island. Among other interesting things, today's post opines on our government's recently disclosed and tentative recovery plan and its expenditures.
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August 13th, 2:25 pm

Big Island Learning

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically impermanence (無常 mujō), suffering (苦 ku) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (空 kū).

This image was cropped from today's webcam view of what was once known as Halema'uma'u.
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August 13th, 11:24 am

Big Island Learning

Alongside the inherent bloat of government's version of recovery and response, there is hope for a grassroots effort that can focus on common ground among diverse interests. Backed with the former's access to funding, a targeted location can be assessed for opportunities and barriers.

"A new subdivision" implies too much of how our version of grid-based rural sprawl already impedes community connectivity. Nor would such layout have the appeal for visitors to our island (i.e. a destination and a place for outdoor activities, entertainment and festivals).

The rallying cry I hear from politicians to "go big" in asking for funding ought to be met with equally "big" visions for creating an inclusive community-employed public works project -- providing housing and a community education/recreation center that radiates to small-scale flower and fruit growing.

It would also be planned to be less dependent on the automobile. Such an effort would be beneficial to children in a variety of ways. Indeed, the appeal to tourists would be its exceptional manifestation of community first.

Here is a cool song and video made by some of our community members. Specifically Sen. Russell Ruderman has most clearly articulated the only recovery plan that would get things started down this alternative and interesting road.

note: I meant to include a screenshot from the video that properly credits Michael Surprenant who played drums and produced the music and the video. Apologies.

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August 12th, 12:54 pm

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Nobody is gonna argue that being a public representative of the people is a walk in the park. This morning we in East Hawaii welcome two more folks who want to step up (in?) to the sausage-making world of government. The included link is a 16 minute segment of the past week's Hawaii County Council "what's the plan" meeting. Of the over two hour meeting length, it seems Ms. Ruggles' questions of the various County planners were unique in their appropriateness as representing the people's actual concerns. Mahalo Jennifer Ruggles for your public service and best of luck to you, and to our newly elected District 5 Councilman Matt Kanealii-Kleinfelder.
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August 11th, 6:39 pm

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Although there is not a lot of sexy pixilated media here, what there is, is a mirror site of Hawaii's primary election website (State of Hawaii Office of Elections). It may take a while to load, as the server perhaps trembles on its big night out.
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August 10th, 4:54 pm

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At the beginning of this eruption, and as a teacher above Hilo Bay, I just wanted to learn as directly and simply when to inform my students that the day's lesson would be about moving uphill when gnarly earthquakes strike. The resultant USGS localized seismic readout has been one of the more popular features of this project. And so today it seemed all the more momentous when it had nothing significant to report. I'd be perfectly content if it were replaced by a UV sun protection feature... ... See MoreSee Less

August 9th, 12:48 pm

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In this equally odd pause to our natural hazards aplenty, island residents are not complaining, well, not about that anyway. Most of us are happy to enjoy the type of weather that Hawaii is famous for. All this is to say that, before the hoards of locusts show up (kidding, they don't show up here), Big Island Learning now has a page that simply displays North America temperatures and you can 'spin' it around to check temperatures elsewhere too.
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August 7th, 8:35 am

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To say that living on the Big Island is a curious experience is an understatement. This place's sublime manifestation of seemingly incongruous opposites provides a mind-boggling sort of education. Throw in 2018's digital version of magical fairy dust, and alongside the losses and anxiety we remain amazed. This brief video displays how Hector appears upon the somewhat psychedelic Windy app on a Tuesday morning. ... See MoreSee Less

August 6th, 12:25 pm

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Big Island Learning now reposts former Hawaii Volcanoes Nat'l Park ranger Bobby Camara's Dispatches from Volcano. Check out today's post (or any others at his blog dispatchesfromvolcano.blogspot.com/ and you'll see the rich context of place and culture in his work:
bigislandlearning.com/dispatches-from-volcano-blog/
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August 5th, 11:39 am

Big Island Learning

Here's a mirror site to the National Hurricane Center's forecast of Hector's expected path:
bigislandlearning.com/hurricane
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July 13th, 7:25 pm

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This weather board is meant to simplify viewing of conditions for these six locations around the island. As always, your feedback is appreciated.
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July 11th, 9:35 am

Big Island Learning

This 45 second time-lapse shows the dropping of Kīlauea Volcano's summit caldera floor from June 13 - July 7.

This subsidence occurs when pressure in the underlying shallow magma reservoir becomes less due to the magma going elsewhere. About every 24-32 hours (40 hours for the most recent) the slumping ground causes a collapse/explosion event that jolts with the approximate force of a M5.4 earthquake. (edit of USGS source video)
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July 2nd, 9:43 pm

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This shows a sequence of radar images that were acquired by a satellite system. The images show changes to the caldera area of Kīlauea Volcano that occurred between May 5 and June 30. Starting in late May, the development of several cracks outside Halema‘uma‘u is clear, and inward slumping of a large portion of the western, southwestern, and northern crater rim begins. Much of this motion appears to be coincident with the small explosions from the summit that have taken place on a near daily basis since early June. The most recent radar scene, from June 30, shows the formation of cracks over a broader area of the caldera floor, extending east of Halema‘uma‘u. (content: US Geological Survey) ... See MoreSee Less

July 1st, 10:21 am

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This sort of 'cracks me up' you might say. When I repurposed my education website to be one of 'eruption resources' at the beginning of all of this, I thought, "maybe it would be educational to sort of repackage some USGS content regarding subsidence." (a noun that not many of us slung around at the time). This was just after the first rather sensationalistic tripe-journalism was also emerging.
So anyway, I finish the post (May 10) and take a look at it and think, "Gosh, that looks a little scary. Maybe I'll actually just augment the panic that some of these articles seemed to engender."
So I didn't post it.
This morning, July 1?
I went to look at the USGS live cam trained on Halema'uma'u and realized that it might be good if someone tilted it up a bit as the crater is descending out of the frame...
I think we are seriously okay with a little subsidence exposition. It's the BIG subsidence we could do without.
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June 28th, 6:18 pm

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This image is a map of ground deformation stations (electronic tilt meters and GPS receivers). The accompanying graphs at this HVO page quantify the collapse that is occurring. The upcoming readings should be telling, as recent measurements hint at being somewhat non-linear. Such data would be only that -- were it not contextualized by the more anecdotal journalistic efforts of community members. Check out EpicLava's reporting of cracks up near the Volcano golf course: bit.ly/2lFS5ZV
Mirror site to HVO's ground deformation page: bigislandlearning.com/gd/
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