Mauna Kea


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

Bevins, D., Takahashi, T. J. & Wright, T. L. (1988). The early serial publications of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory: Volume 3, Monthly Bulletin of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (1821-1929)., 1224 p.

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


Kauahikaua, J. P., Orr, T. R., Patrick, M. R. & Trusdell, F. A. (2016). Steepest-Descent Lines for Kīlauea, Mauna Loa, Hualālai, and Mauna Kea Volcanoes, Hawai‘i. U.S. Geological Survey Data Release doi:10.5066/F7FJ2DX0

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

Trusdell, F. A., Wolfe, E. W. & Morris, J. (1996). Digital Database of the Geologic Map of the Island of Hawai‘i. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series , 144

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. doi:10.3133/i2809

Wolfe, E. W. & Morris, J. (1996). Geologic map of the Island of Hawaii. U.S. Geological Survey Geological Investigations Series Map , I-2524-A, 18 p.; 3 sheets. doi:10.3133/i2524A

Hazards Assessments and Reports

Lee, R. G., Teixeira, E. S., Yanagi, B. S., Chock, G. & Sgambelluri, M. (2005). Earthquake hazards and estimated losses in the County of Hawai‘i. Ogata-Deal, A. (Ed.) , , 32 p.

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.

Wright, T. L., Chun, J. Y., Exposo, J., Heliker, C. C., Hodge, J., Lockwood, J. P. & Vogt, S. M. (1992). Map showing lava-flow hazard zones, Island of Hawaii. U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map , MF-2193, 1 plate.

Heliker, C. C. (1990). Volcanic and seismic hazards on the Island of Hawaii. U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product , 48 p.

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.

Wolfe, E. W., Wise, W. S. & Dalrymple, G. B. (1997). The geology and petrology of Mauna Kea Volcano, Hawaii; a study of postshield volcanism. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper , 1557, 129 p.; 4 plates. doi:10.3133/pp1557