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Thousands of scientific papers, articles, and books have been published on Hawaiian volcanism dating back more than a century. The list below contains only a selected few to get interested readers started. For a more comprehensive listing, please see Wright, T.L., and Takahashi, T.J., 1998, Hawai‘i bibliographic database, Bulletin of Volcanology, v. 59, p. 276-280. 

Updates to the Wright and Takahashi database are compiled and maintained in a bibliography related to the Geology of Hawai‘i.


Carey, R. J., Cayol, V., Poland, M. P. & Weis, D. (2015). Hawaiian Volcanoes: From Source to Surface. Geophysical Monograph Series doi:10.1002/9781118872079

Macdonald, G. A. & Hubbard, Jr., D. H. (2007). Volcanoes of the NAtional Parks in Hawai‘i., 12th ed., 64 p.

Macdonald, G. A., Abbott, A. T. & Peterson, F. L. (1983). Volcanoes in the Sea: The Geology of Hawaii., 2nd ed., 517 p.


Robinson, J. E., Hamer, M. R., Stevenson, A. J., Lucky, H., Degnan, C. H., Wong, F. L. & Holcomb, R. T. (2004). Digital Data for Maps of Hawaiian Islands Exclusive Economic Zone Interpreted from GLORIA Sidedscan-Sonar Imagery. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map , 2824 doi:10.3133/sim2824

Fact Sheets

Okubo, P. G. & Nakata, J. S. (2011). Earthquakes in Hawai‘i—An Underappreciated but Serious Hazard. U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet , 2011-3013, 6 p.

Geologic Maps

Sherrod, D. R., Sinton, J. M., Watkins, S. E. & Brunt, K. M. (2007). Geologic Map of the State of Hawai'i. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report , 2007-1089

Holcomb, R. T. & Robinson, J. E. (2004). Maps of Hawaiian Islands exclusive economic zone interpreted from GLORIA sidescan-sonar imagery. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map , 2824, 9 p.; 1 sheet. doi:10.3133/sim2824

Eakins, B. W., Robinson, J. E., Kanamatsu, T., Naka, J., Smith, J. R., Takahashi, E. & Clague, D. A. (2003). Hawaii's Volcanoes Revealed. U.S. Geological Survey Geological Investigations Series Map , I-2809, 1 plate.

Hazards Assessments and Reports

Klein, F. W., Frankel, A. D., Mueller, R. L., Wesson, R. L. & Okubo, P. G. (2000). Seismic-hazard maps for Hawaii.U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Map , IMAP 2724, 8 maps; 2 sheets.

Crandell, D. R. (1983). Potential hazards from future volcanic eruptions on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Map , I-1442, 1 plate.

Journal Articles

Sherrod, D. R., Hagstrum, J. T., McGeehin, J. P., Champion, D. E. & Trusdell, F. A. (2006). Distribution, 14C chronology, and paleomagnetism of latest Pleistocene and Holocene lava flows at Haleakalā volcano, Island of Maui, Hawai‘i: a revision of lava flow hazard zones. Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, 111 doi:10.1029/2005JB003876

USGS General Publication

Poland, M. P., Takahashi, T. J. & Landowski, C. M. (Eds.) (2014). Characteristics of Hawaiian Eruptions. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper , 1801, 428 p. doi:10.3133/pp1801

Babb, J. L., Kauahikaua, J. P. & Tilling, R. I. (2011). The Story of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory—A Remarkable First 100 Years of Tracking Eruptions and Earthquakes. U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product , 135, 60 p.