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Donovan's Wish Inspires His Future

Hilo Welcome
I remember a bunch of people waving and calling my name when we arrived at Hilo airport. I was not expecting the surprise welcome...

Photo by Dustin AcdalMy trip was really awesome because I met a lot of people. Aunt Jessie and her family told me stories about Pele, the fire goddess of Hawaii. I learned to always be respectful wherever I go. I spent a day with Aunt Darcy who works at University of Hawaii Hilo. She showed me the Pahoa Transit station where the recent lava flow happened and the Kalapana lava flow. I learned that Pele is creative in moving the lava flow! 

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During the trip a geoscientist gave me a hammer to go outside and break a rock to study. I felt like an important person going to do work like a volcanologist! I also got to wear suits the volcanologists wear in the field.


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Dr.Ken gave me several samples that I can look under my microscope. All the scientists at Hawaii Volcano Observatory were kind for giving me things to remember.




I loved staying at the Volcano House because I heard the crackling of the volcano and the glow at night.The wish day celebration (Imiloa Astronomy Center) was special because I saw how the sky looked when I was born. 

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The helicopter ride on my last day was amazing because I was able to see the lava up close and spectacular waterfalls.


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I learned that in order to become a volcanologist I need to get a Ph.D. The geoscientists say I have to do well in Math, English, and Science. I have to do a better job in school. 

I hope one day I can volunteer at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory so I can learn more about Kilauea. Mahalo nui loa for making me a Junior Volcanologist and for spending the wish with my Daddy and Mommy. 

- Donovan, Wish Kid 

Photos Courtesy Sarah Anderson Photography

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