Cindy Heazlit, Hawai‘i Speleological Survey

Hawai‘i Lava Tubes

A Tour of Discovery

  • DINNER MEETING - Tuesday, May 13, 2003
  • Location: Stanford University

  • 5:30 PM-Wine Tasting: . . . Mitchell Bldg., first floor
  • 6:15 PM-Dinner: . . . Mitchell Bldg., first floor
  • 7:30 PM-Meeting: . . . Bloch Lecture Hall (TCSEQ Room 201)

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    Map showing Bloch

    Anyone wishing to attend the lecture only is welcome at no cost.

    This will be the 355th meeting since 1954.

    photo of caver inside lave tube
    Kipuka Kanohina


    Until recently, much of our contemporary understanding of basalt lava tubes came from the exploration and study of caves on the U.S. mainland. Lava caves were thought of as short, segmented, “subway tubes” with little secondary formation. In the late 1980’s, cavers started to explore and map the lava tubes of Hawai‘i. They found cave systems that ran for many kilometers, had multiple levels and complex braiding, and were so deep that they set several depth records within the U.S. The cavers also discovered that the tubes had multiple stages of secondary formation growth, and had many minerals that were only expected in limestone caves. The tubes also contained bone deposits of extinct species, several archeological sites, and many cave dwelling organisms. This talk will be a tour of some of the major cave systems of Hawai‘i, and about some of the unusual features found by the cavers.

    About the Speaker

    photo of caver inside lave tube
    Cindy Heazlit

    Cindy Heazlit is a member of the Hawai‘i Speleological Survey, a fellow of the Cave Research Foundation, a fellow of the National Speleological Society, and on the Board of Directors for the Cave Conservancy of Hawai‘i. She has participated and led cave science expeditions within Lava Beds National Monument, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. She has helped map California’s longest and deepest caves, and has participated in several cave surveys in Hawai‘i. She is currently working with other members of the Hawai‘i Speleological Survey on mapping Emisine Cave, the 6th deepest cave in the U.S., and Kipuka Kanohina, which is the 2nd longest lava tube known in the world. She recently became a co-owner of a cave in Hawaii, and is now learning the joys and frustrations of cave resource management.

    Reservations: The preferred way to make reservations is simply to email Janice Sellers at by Friday, May 9, tell her you will attend, commit to pay, and bring your payment to the meeting. Janice always emails a confirmation; if you don't get one, assume email crashed yet again and email her a second time. A check made to"PGS"is preferred, payable at the meeting.

    If you want to pay in advance:

    Stanford faculty and students: Please make dinner reservations by Friday, May 9. Contact Dr. Juhn Liou via his mailbox (and leave check), Geological and Environmental Sciences Office, Geocorner - Bldg. 320 (Rm. 118). Make checks out to"PGS."

    All others, including faculty and students from other Bay Area universities and colleges and USGS: Please make dinner reservations by Friday, May 9. Contact Janice Sellers, at Seismological Society of America, 201 Plaza Professional Building, El Cerrito, CA 94530, phone (510) 559-1780. Send check made out to"PGS"to Janice.

    Dinner is $30.00. Includes wine (5:30 to 6:15 PM.), dinner (6:15-7:30 PM.), tax, and tip.

    For students from all universities and colleges, the dinner, including the social half-hour, is $5.00 and is partially subsidized thanks to the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (Note, no-show reservations owe the full price).

    Dues for Academic Year 2003-2004 ($10.00) should be sent to Janice Sellers, Seismological Society of America, 201 Plaza Professional Building, El Cerrito, CA 94530. Janice's phone: (510) 559-1780.

    Officers: Bob Christiansen, President; Mike Diggles, Vice President; Vicki Langenheim, Secretary; Janice Sellers, Treasurer; Adina Paytan, Field-Trip Czarina

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