Hawai‘i Division of Hydrography Bulletins
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The Hawaii Division of Hydrography Bulletins contain the first comprehensive and detailed studies of the geology and water resources of the (then) Territory of Hawai‘i. The main author, Harold T. Stearns, was a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey for more than 20 years.
His first publication about Hawai‘i was a USGS Water Supply Paper (with W.O. Clark) on the geology and water resources of the Ka‘u District on the island of Hawai‘i. Local supporters of his geology efforts were not happy with the five year delay in publication of this work by the USGS, so Stearns sought and obtained State money and USGS approval for quicker local printing of his later collaborations. “Thus was born the Hawaii Division of Hydrography Bulletins” as Stearns put it in his autobiography Memoirs of a Geologist: from Poverty Peak to Piggery Gulch (1983).
Bulletin 1 was published in 1935 and Bulletin 12 in 1947, just after Stearns retired. Gordon Macdonald completed the set in 1960 with Bulletin 13 on the geology and water resources of Kaua‘i. The Bulletins have long been out-of-print, but are still important references for anyone working in the field of Hawaiian geology.
Contributors to this collection: Glenn Bauer, state geologist, and Kevin Gooding from the Commission on Water Resource Management of the Department of Land and Natural Resources for the State of Hawai‘i, and Jenna Nolt, USGS.
This digital collection results from a collaboration between these organizations in the University of Hawaii at Manoa:
- Hawai‘i Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center
- UH Manoa Library
- Ike Wai -- Epscor Hawaii
- Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
- Water Resources Research Center
The following people made this project happen:
- WRRC faculty and HGGRC director Dr. Nicole Lautze led this project -- overseeing the digitization, metadata generation, and posting of these files.
- Digitization Coordinator Alice Kim created the metadata and digitized the large-format materials (e.g. maps).
- Library programmer Daniel Ishimitsu set up the collection onto ScholarSpace, the University’s digital repository, and will maintain it.
The National Science Foundation via the Ike Wai -- Epscor project (award #1557349) and Hawai‘i Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center sponsored this digitization project.Hawai‘i Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center https://www.higp.hawaii.edu/hggrc/
ItemGeology and ground-water resources of the island of Kauai, Hawaii(U.S. Geological Survey, 1960)Contents: Introduction -- Geomorphology -- The rocks and their water-bearing properties -- Geologic structure -- Geologic history -- Petrography / by G.A. Macdonald -- Ground-water resources.
ItemGeology and ground-water resources of the Island of Niihau, Hawaii(U.S. Geological Survey, 1947)Includes illustrations, plates, a map, and bibliographical foot-notes.
ItemGeology and ground-water resources of the Island of Molokai, Hawaii(U.S. Geological Survey, 1947)Includes illustrations, plates, two maps, and bibliographical footnotes.
ItemGeology and ground-water resources of the island of Hawaii(U.S. Geological Survey, 1946)Prepared in cooperation with the Geological Survey, U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
ItemGeology of the Hawaiian islands(U.S. Geological Survey, 1946)Prepared in cooperation with the Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
ItemGeology and ground-water resources of the island of Maui, Hawaii (including Haleakala section, Hawaii National Park(Advertiser Publishing Co., Ltd., 1942)Includes illustrations, maps, and bibliographical references.
ItemGeology and ground-water resources of the islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe, Hawaii(Advertiser Publishing Co., Ltd., 1940)Includes illustrations, tables, diagrams frontispiece, plates, and map.
ItemRecords of the drilled wells on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii(Advertiser Publishing Co., Ltd., 1938)Includes tables and diagram.
ItemGeologic map and guide of the island of Oahu, Hawaii, with a chapter on mineral resources(Advertiser Publishing Co., Ltd., 1939-08)"This road guide has been prepared to meet the constant demand for more knowledge about the geology of Oahu and should greatly increase the usefulness of the geologic map. Many kinds of geologic phenomena are found on the island: dissected as well as recent volcanic craters and fissures from which lava and ash were erupted, landslides and fossiliferous volcanic mud flows, spectacular features of marine, stream, and wind erosion, conspicuous evidences of great submergence and emergence, coral reefs, stream and marine terraces, deltas, fans, tropical rain belts and deserts with their associated contrasting types of weathering and erosion. This concentration of so many diverse geologic features in such a small area makes Oahu outstanding among the islands of the world. This verdurecovered island surrounded by a blue sea is an ideal place to become acquainted with earth processes and products. Moreover, many of these geologic features are readily reached by automobile. The logs given on the following pages have been made for an autoist travelling the main highways around the island starting at the Kamehameha statue on King Street, Honolulu (pl. 1). It is assumed that the traveler will have available the street map of Honolulu issued free by the Hawaii Tourist Bureau. The mileage reads up if driving clockwise around the island and down if going counterclockwise. The route from Haleiwa to Wahiawa is over the new highway not shown on plate 2. Likewise, the route to Waianae is over the new Waipahu cut-off, although this road is not shown on plate 2. The mileage varies slightly with different odometers due to many factors, but a sufficient number of landmarks are given so that frequent checks can be made. A few of the main side roads having interesting geologic exposures are also included (pl. 1)."
ItemGeology and ground-water resources of the island of Oahu, Hawaii(Maui Publishing Co., Ltd., 1935)Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Geological survey.