MEGA Lab lets public interact with scientists, research projects

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The new MEGA Lab is located on the top floor of the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo. The University of Hawaii at Hilo partnered with the center to build the stage and areas for 3D visual concepts and presentations.

Photo provided by John Burns John HR Burns (left) sits with Atsuko Fukunaga (center) and Haunani Kane (right) in the MEGA lab section of the Mokupapapa Discovery Center discussing their latest research project in Fiji.

A new group of scientists are operating a lab near Hilo Bayfront, favoring surf boards over microscopes when it comes to conducting groundbreaking research.