ERTH 213: Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and Kaho‘olawe Field Geology

Credits 1

A four-day field trip on the islands of Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. Field studies of East Moloka‘i, West Moloka‘i, Makanalua (Kalaupapa) and Lana‘I volcanoes, and directed reading on Kaho‘olawe volcano. Students are responsible for air and ground transportation, meals, and lodging.


Credit for or registration in ERTH 101, ERTH 103, or consent of instructor. Must have medical clearance.

Course Outcomes
  • Understand through field observation, with field and laboratory exercises, geological processes that construct, modify, and destroy the Hawaiian landscape.
  • Realize the hazards, mitigation of these hazards and benefits of Hawaiian volcanism, and its relationship to island culture(s).
  • Appreciate current research and studies of Hawaiian volcanism through visits to appropriate museums and research laboratories.
  • Understand the vastness of geological time applied to Hawai‘i, and how time is measured thus the time-scale known.