Catalog.Earth Part 2 - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Catalog.Earth Part 2

Posted on September 13, 2016

by Leilani Sills on September 13, 2016

At 3:45am, six eighth grade students met at Honolulu International Airport to embark on a journey of a lifetime. These students were tasked with the job to capture 360video footage at Volcano National Park on this first ever, off island day trip.

Volcano National Park is located in Volcano on Hawaii Island (a.k.a. the Big Island). After researching the park, we decided on focusing on various locations along the Chain of Craters Road. This allowed for views of the park from the ocean up to the craters of Kilauea. To learn more about the park visit their website (

The purpose of this trip was to capture 360video for the Adv. Design Thinking Class and to provide a newly formed partnership with Catalog.Earth, a project to document the world's vanishing landscapes in 360° video and audio before it's too late. You can learn more about this project on their website (Catalog.Earth).

In addition to capturing the footage, students were also asked to learn about Hawaiian protocol and cultural practices. When entering a special place, Hawaiians would 'oli (or chant) asking permission because of their connection with the environment. In respect for the Hawaiian culture, students learned E Ho Mai, written by Edith Kanakaole, an 'oli that is often chanted by students asking for wisdom and knowledge.

E hō mai (i) ka ʻike mai luna mai ē
ʻO nā mea huna noʻeau o nā mele ē
E hō mai, e hō mai, e hō mai ē (a)

Over the course of the day, students captured foootage at five locations

  1. Holei Sea Arch
  2. Puuloa Petroglyphs
  3. Lava Field along Chain of Craters ROad
  4. Pauahi Crater
  5. Sulfur & Steam Vents

After a long day of shooting footage, students had some down time and were able to observe Pele's power and the current lava lake in Halema'uma'u Crater. From the the lookout at Jaggar Museum, we were able to see the lava bubbling up in the crater.

Over the next few weeks, students will work on stitching the footage in Kolo Autopano and using Adobe After Effects and Premier for post-production. The footage will be posted online and then shared with Catalog.Earth in their efforts to create a public platform where anyone can have access to this 360 degree video footage, for free under the Creative Commons License.