Fun at Ahalanui Geothermal Pond

A New York Times writer enjoyed the Ahalanui geothermal pond on the Big Island during his first trip to Hawaii:

We arrive at the pond just after 9 a.m. It is a partly man-made, not-quite Olympic-size lagoon walled with volcanic rock over which the Pacific spills. Three other folks are breast stroking the green shallows, none of them microbially “hot” in appearance. In we go.

Through heat-jellied water, my diver’s mask reveals an aquarium of striped fish and fish with long Hitchcockian faces and tiny minnows hungrily scrumming at a scratch on my boy’s knee. Now my son is shrieking. I surface. Not shrieking but crowing. Jed, a connoisseur of bath water, is sampling the pond by the bulging cheekful and finding it superb.

This pond is excellent, maybe the closest I have ever found to my mind’s ideal of the great American swimming hole. It is a wallopingly beautiful place where admission is free. No “Royal”-access luxury cabanas, roving pedicurists or sling chairs for rent. It is not up a mountain or deep in a jungle but near enough to a parking lot that the infirm can enjoy it, too.

“The Hawaii Cure: A first trip to the island, in a desperate bid to escape the news.”
By Well Times, New York Times

Dr. Donald Thomas Presents for Honolulu Science Cafe

Dr. Donald Thomas delivered a talk at a Honolulu Science Cafe meeting:

Revisiting and Revising Hawaii’s Groundwater Models

Don Thomas is director of the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawaii. One of his major research interests is the flow of freshwater on large volcanic islands, a subject that led to the drilling of several very deep boreholes, mainly on the Big Island.

Dr. Thomas will discuss some of the recent findings of his research program and its implications for water resource management in Hawaii.

The meeting happened last night at JJ’s Bistro in Kaimuki.

The Geothermal Collection: One of the Top 25 Pages on UH Online Repositories

eVols logoThe Geothermal Collection was one of the top 25 landing pages for both ScholarSpace and eVols for the fiscal year 2015. Below is the analytics for both pages:


Landing Page Page Title Sessions % New Sessions New Users Pages/Session Avg. Session Duration The Geothermal Collection 558 75.27% 420 1.3 0:04:05 The Geothermal Collection 258 64.34% 166 1.71 0:12:07

The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library hosts these online repositories and serve as one of this project’s partners.

January 2015 Uploads

Title URL Author Publication Date Publisher
Special permit application for Barnwell Geothermal Corp. for geothermal exploration and evaluation at Puna, Hawaii Craddick, EC 7/1/1980 Barnwell Geothermal Corp.
Hawaii Research, Development, and Demonstration program summary : geothermal energy [n.d.] [n.p.]
Geodetic studies of the Puna Geothermal Venture site : summary report Anderson, James L 6/27/1996 Department of Geology, University of Hawaii at Hilo
Summary of the biological information collected during the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Hawaii Forest Bird Survey in the Puna study area on the island of Hawaii Jacobi, James D 5/1/1985 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Geothermal energy development in Hawaii : a decade of conflict Edmunds, Sallie 11/1/1986 Program on Conflict Resolution, University of Hawaii at Manoa
A regulatory guide to geothermal direct use development : Hawaii Lyons, Kim 1/1/2004 Washington State University Extension Energy Program
Proposed Kilauea Middle East Rift Geothermal Resource Subzone (Puna Forest Reserve), island of Hawaii : Circular C-114 Division of Water and Land Development, Department of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaii 8/1/1985 Division of Water and Land Development, Department of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaii
A study of integrating Hawaii’s energy and water resources CH2M Hill 2/1/1987 CH2M Hill
Governor’s Advisory Board on the Underwater Cable Transmission Project : September 1987 Thermal Power Company, Diamond Shamrock 9/3/1987 Thermal Power Company, Diamond Shamrock
Geothermal exploratory mission to Japan : a report to the Governor’s Advisory Board on the Underwater Cable Transmission Project County of Hawaii 12/8/1987 County of Hawaii
Hawaii geothermal review and industry update for government leaders and staff Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, Department of Land and Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Energy 1/7/2004 Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, Department of Land and Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Energy
Hawaii’s geothermal future and the deep water cable Okura, G N; Uemura, R T; Chapman, G A 10/1/1982 Geothermal Resources Council
History and results of surface exploration in the Kilauea East Rift Zone Gardner, Murray C; McNitt, James R; Klein, Christopher W; Koenig, James B.; Nakano, Dean 5/1/1995 International Geothermal Association
Application of new technologies to interisland power cables for Hawaii Wilkins, George 4/1/1984 Pacific Congress on Marine Technology
A geothermal primer; some issues and some answers Thomas, Donald M 5/1/1983 [n.p.]
Surveys of forest bird populations found in the vicinity of proposed geothermal project subzones in the district of Puna, Hawaii Jacobi, James D; Reynolds, Michelle; Ritchotte, George; Nielsen, Bonnie; Viggiano, Anthony; Dwyer, Jill 10/1/1994 Fish and Wildlife Service, Hawaii National Park, HI (United States), Hawaii Research Station
Environmental overview program for alternate energy development : final report Siegel, SM; Siegel, BZ 7/15/1981 Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Status summary of the HGP-A generator facility : 1983 Thomas, Donald M 10/1/1983 Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Evolution of the HGP-A power plant Shupe, John W 1/1/1985 U.S. Department of Energy
Hawaii Geothermal Project : United States Goodman, Louis J; Miyabara, Tetsuo; Yount, Barbara 1/1/1980 Pergamon Press
Hawaii geothermal drilling guide : Circular C-126 Falconer, Amber; Granados, Eduardo; Klein, Christopher; Lovekin, James 12/1/2014 Department of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaii; GeothermEx
Puna temperature distribution maps GeoThermEx 10/1/1991 Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Environmental assessment of an investigation of the hydrothermal system at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Tilling, Robert I 1/1/1973 U.S. Geological Survey

The Cultural History of Puna, Hawaii

The ancient Hawaiians regarded Puna, Hawaii, as one of the most sacred places. The most eastern area in Hawaii was where the day and life started. The Northeast trade winds and their cloud formations and rainfalls went over Puna before flying above the rest of the Hawaiian islands. The rain sustains all living things in Puna.

Puna was home to fire goddess Pele and her family. Pele was the magma coming out of Kilauea Volcano, creating new land, and the Native Hawaiians called lava pele. Kilauea’s steam marked her power (mana) and presence. Traditional chants describe Pele’s sacred bathing places–warm pools in caves and underground such as Kaukala and Punahakeone.

Read more about the cultural background of Puna, Hawaii, in one of the most popular materials in the collection: “Native Hawaiian ethnographic study for the Hawaii Geothermal Project proposed for Puna and Southeast Maui.”

Governor: Embrace geothermal energy on Big Island

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he hopes the conversation about using geothermal energy will come to a quick conclusion.

Speaking Tuesday in Hilo, Abercrombie says he hopes Hawaii Island residents will end debate and embrace geothermal energy for future needs.

Abercrombie spoke as he prepared to sign a bill guaranteeing that 100 percent of royalties from using geothermal resources on Hawaiian Home Lands would be paid to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

He says he hopes the measure will be an incentive for the Public Utilities Commission and the public to move forward on Hawaii Island geothermal resources.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Hawaii Electric Light Co. is trying to begin a geothermal project that would generate up to 50 megawatts on Hawaii Island.

Governor: Embrace geothermal energy on Big Island
Hawaii News Now | news article

Geothermal revenue must go to Native Hawaiians

Hawaii’s attorney general says royalties from geothermal resource development on Hawaiian home lands must be used to benefit Native Hawaiians.

State Attorney General David Louie announced his formal opinion on the issue Tuesday, saying 100 percent of the royalties must go to Native Hawaiians.

He says he came to the conclusion after a comprehensive legal analysis by deputy attorney generals in his office.

His opinion also concludes that the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is the only state entity authorized to manage geothermal resources on Hawaiian home lands.

Louie says he hopes his formal opinion will help the lawmakers and the community understand the department’s rights to the economic benefits of geothermal resource development on home lands.

Geothermal revenue must go to Native Hawaiians
Hawaii News Now | news article
March 19, 2014