Monday, December 12, 2011

Volcanoes!

I feel I posted the last article too soon, since I just found 2 more from National Geographic!

7 Volcanoes Erupting Right Now

Kilauea March 6 Eruption

I'm a science nerd...

I've been figuring out my schooling future. Right now, it involves getting to Hawaii, and enrolling at UH. I want to earn my B.S. in Geology. I eventually want to get my masters or a doctorate in it, but have yet to look into grad schools. I've fallen in love with UH's science programs, without having ever been to Hawaii. I swear, I'm destined for the islands. Even though I don't want to become a vulcanologist specifically, I do want to take advantage of the geography of Hawaii to further my education. So without further ado, I found this article fascinating.

Hawaiian volcano science: why Kilauea sits on Mauna Loa, but is a sister of Mauna Kea

Monday, December 5, 2011

Niihua

I figured I'd share a link about the privately owned Hawaiian island of Niihua. Here's a tidbit...

If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, you know that there’s plenty of Hawaiian culture to be found in the museums and souvenir shops that serve the 6 million tourists who visit each year. But that’s about the only place you’ll find it. The 80,000 Hawaiians who claim full native-Hawaiian ancestry today make up less than 6% of the state’s total population. Fewer than 2,000 Hawaiians are native Hawaiian speakers, and half of those are over 70 years old.
There are no communities left on the Hawaiian Islands that speak Hawaiian as their first language. No communities, that is, except one: the 130 Hawaiians who live on Niihau. Their culture and privacy are still carefully guarded by the descendants of Eliza Sinclair. On every other island, the traditional Hawaiian way of life has all but disappeared.