University of Hawaii’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology Hosts 12th Open House

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HONOLULU – On October 25th and 26th, the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa will welcome thousands of school children and kids of all ages to its 12th biennial SOEST Open House.

At this popular event, university faculty, students, and staff will present a diverse array of entertaining and educational “hands-on” activities, interactive demonstrations, poster presentations, and much more. In addition, organizations such as the Waikiki Aquarium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be participating.


Your students and families will learn about volcanoes, tsunamis, El Niño, planetary exploration, hurricanes, coastal erosion, and marine ecosystems, to name just a few topics. They will visit state-of-the-art laboratories and hear about cutting-edge research from the scientists who are making the new discoveries!

Nearly 70 different exhibits will be offered, including:

Make-A-Quake: Make a REAL EARTHQUAKE in a model of the Pacific region.

Doppler on Wheels: This mobile radar from the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, Colorado will be on display with scientists to answer questions about the weather.

Explosive Eruptions: Safe demonstration of an explosive eruption fueled by liquid nitrogen. In less than 1 second, an explosion will carry 20 gallons of water into a 10 meter high eruption column.

Pelagic Fisheries Research Program: Exhibit of fish/shark specimens, science equipment, and videos. Lots to see, touch, and explore!

Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL): Video highlights from HURL’s recent dive season using the University of Hawaii’s three-man submersibles, the Pisces IV and the Pisces V.

Meteorites from Mars: See actual meteorites from the Red Planet.

Fascinating Creatures of the Deep Sea: Be introduced to the cold deep sea of Antarctica, deep-sea fisheries around Hawai‘i, and some unusual marine inhabitants captured on deep-sea expeditions.

Inner Space: The James Cameron Experience: Come see the geology and biology of the world’s deepest ocean trench, up close and personal with one of James Cameron’s science advisors.

Over 6,600 people attended the last SOEST Open House held in 2011. This year marks SOEST’s 25th anniversary and promises to be even more exciting than ever. Don’t miss out!


Friday October 25th, 8:30 am – 2 pm (Schools)

Saturday, October 26th, 10 am – 2 pm (Public)


University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Campus, in and around the Pacific Ocean Science & Technology (POST) building, the Marine Science Building, and the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics building.

For more information (including maps and programs), please see the Open House website: or email


This event is free and open to the public.

The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa was established by the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai‘i in 1988 in recognition of the need to realign and further strengthen the excellent education and research resources available within the University. SOEST brings together four academic departments, three research institutes, several federal cooperative programs, and support facilities of the highest quality in the nation to meet challenges in the ocean, earth and planetary sciences and technologies.





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