About The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Jagger Museum | Big Island of Hawaii
Volcanoes National Park of Hawaii Jagger Museum, including the Kīlauea Visitor Center, are a combination of lush rain forest with great hiking trails along with volcanic craters. The Kīlauea Visitor Center is where we suggest you start out at and make sure to talk to the friendly and informative Park Rangers. Once you get your bearings, make sure to visit the Jaggar Museum, the gateway to the Kaū Desert Wilderness.
Thomas Jaggar – Some History
An earthquake killed 125,000 people in 1908 in Italy near Mt. Etna. Jaggar, a geologist, lectured in support of systematic, ongoing studies of seismic and volcanic activities . In 1909 he traveled to Hawaii and lectured on his Martinique expedition in Honolulu. Jaggar was approached by a prominent Hawaiian name Thurston. They determined that Kīlauea was a perfect spot for a permanent volcano observatory. Together with other prominent Hawaiians they created the Hawai’i Volcano Research Association. An initial observing station was set up on the rim of Halema’uma’u crater. Support from M.I.T. alumnus in 1912 was the momentum that started the construction of the new Hawai’i Volcano Observatory (HVO). Jaggar’s passion kept him going and he was the Director of HVO until 1940. In 14985 the present site of the museum was conctructed. The Thomas A. Jaggar Museum in Volcanoes National Park of Hawaii was named for him.
Make sure you visit the Jagger Museum Tour as part of the spectacular Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. We strongly suggest you also visit the view point outside the Museum at night time to witness the active volcano below where the water drops from the steam reflect the red glare of the molten lava percolating out of the Center of our Planet!