April  2018
A major hurricane struck the islands of Hawai'i and Maui on August 9, 1871 and wrought widespread destruction from Hilo to Lahaina. A recent study by two scientists, a Hawaiian language expert, and an educator from the UH Mānoa revealed how historical Hawaiian-language newspapers expand knowledge of this and other natural disasters of the past. They found in the translations a timeline of the storm hitting--Waipi'o, then Kohala, then on to Maui--and detailed descriptions about the resulting destruction. This historical record of such a powerful hurricane, more clearly defines the hurricane risk faced by the people of Hawai'i today.
Credit: Thomas Reiss, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
New estimates derived from an international effort that includes International Pacific Research Center researchers predict that many low-lying atoll islands throughout the Pacific and beyond may experience wave flooding by mid-century. The combination of rising sea levels and wave-driven flooding will cause frequent damage to infrastructure and contaminate island freshwater resources by 2030-2060, according to the findings. Previous studies considered only the hazard from the rise in sea level gradually inundating the atolls and estimated that the islands would still be livable until 2100 or later. This study, however, includes the additional effects of waves, which begin to have serious consequences far sooner.
Credit: Michelle Smith
A new art installation depicting ocean life from the surface to the abyssal seafloor opened recently on the sixth floor of the Marine Science Building, home of the Department of Oceanography. Artist and Windward Community College biology instructor Michelle Smith and oceanography professor  Jeff Drazen teamed up to create three large murals showing the major zones of ocean life-the sunlit layer (epipelagic), the dark zone of water below (mesopelagic), and the seafloor (abyssal plain)-and the organisms living there. 
"Art and science might seem different at first but they are very complementary," said Drazen. "We are visual creatures and imagery and art is a wonderful way to quickly convey concepts and ideas."
On March 16, 2018, in honor and remembrance of B. Ray Hawke, HIGP lunar researcher from 1978 to 2015, the International Astronomical Union-Planetary Nomenclature Committee approved the name "Hawke" for an impact crater on the Moon, positioned just north of the Schrödinger basin. Befitting Hawke's research interests, the crater contains impact melt and is a fresh, rayed crater. In addition to his outstanding research career, Hawke served tirelessly as the associate director for outreach for the Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium. He also established and was the director of the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center at UH Mānoa until his death on January 24, 2015.
Klaus Keil, planetary scientist emeritus at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, was elected a Legends Fellow of the Microanalysis Society.  The Legends Fellow distinction was established this year to recognize eminent scientists, engineers and technologists in the field of microanalysis who have distinguished themselves through outstanding research, outreach, teaching and service. Keil pioneered the use of the electron microprobe and its application to determine the chemical compositions of mineral grains in meteorites, lunar, Martian and terrestrial samples. He has authored and co-authored over 685 scientific papers. 
The Hawai'i Senate confirmed Gov. David Ige's pick for the commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission in a vote on Tuesday April 17, 2018. Jennifer Potter, assistant specialist at the Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), will be replacing the current commissioner Lorraine Akiba, whose term ends at the end of June. Potter will begin her six-year term on July 1. Before working at HNEI she was a senior scientific engineering associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Potter earned her Master of Science Degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
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