A decade of lava: Volcano Art Center to screen USGS film about Kilauea eruption

  • M. PATRICK/USGS photo

    An early evening view of Halema‘uma‘u crater on Jan. 30 at the summit of Kilauea volcano, when the lake level was 88 feet below the crater floor.

The Volcano Art Center is hosting a film screening of “Kilauea Summit Eruption: Lava Returns to Halema‘uma‘u” by the U.S. Geological Survey from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the center’s Ni‘aulani Campus.

Join geologist Janet Babb and other representatives from the USGS-Hawaiian Volcano Observatory who will be on hand to mark the 10th anniversary of Kilauea volcano’s ongoing summit eruption and answer questions after the film.


The 24-minute video tells the story of Kilauea’s summit eruption, from its start in 2008 through 2017. It begins with a Hawaiian chant expressing traditional observations of an active lava lake, then recounts the eruptive history of Halema‘uma‘u and describes the formation and continued growth of the current summit vent and lava lake.

In the video, USGS-HVO scientists share insights about how they monitor the lava lake, how and why the lake level rises and falls, why explosive events occur, and the connection between Kilauea’s ongoing summit and East Rift Zone eruptions.

The event is free, although a $5 donation to Volcano Art Center is greatly appreciated.


The evening is part of a monthly Thursday night series at the center, focusing on art, Hawaiian culture and the environment. The series is intended to inspire and enhance appreciation of art and life experience, while fostering community connections.

The Ni‘aulani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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