Kīlauea eruption fissure 8 officially named – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-03-04 16:10:09 –

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Lower East Rift Zone (USGS) at Kilauea Volcano

Honolulu (KHON2) —The Hawaii Geographic Names Commission (HBGN) has approved the name Ahuʻailāʻau as the official title of Fissure 8 that emerged in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.

According to HBGN, Ahuʻailāʻau refers to the altar of Ailā’au, the god of volcanoes.

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This name was chosen from dozens of suggestions submitted by the community.

“We are thrilled to have a name that gives a sense of place, history and cultural identity to the many memorable cracks,” said Mayor Mitch Ross. “Understanding the power of Mother Nature is understanding the stories and contexts that our ancestors explained it. Ahuʻailāʻau explains how the people of Hawaii explain natural phenomena for generations. It embodies what you have done and is essential to understanding this place. ”

The proposal named Fissure 8 was approved by HBGN until June 30, 2019.

“The Board wants to thank everyone who provided insights and information during the Board’s deliberations,” said HBGN Chairman Marquez Hanarei Marzan. “Before the pandemic, I had the opportunity to travel to Puna several times to hear and hear the testimony provided. It was a pity that I couldn’t perform this action on the island, but the latest, such as Zoom. We are pleased that our conferencing platform has provided a way to stay in touch with anyone interested in this process. “

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