The Center for Pacific Islands Studies (CPIS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa wishes the people of the Kingdom of Tonga a speedy recovery from the devastating impacts of the volcano eruption. As communications are re-established, we are learning more about the destructive impacts of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano eruption on 15 January 2022. The CPIS community expresses its sympathy for the loss of lives and properties, and the debilitating impacts of the volcanic ashfall. This is an unprecedented disaster for Tonga and the Pacific Islands region. Our thoughts and aloha go out to the people of Tonga.
CPIS understands there are various efforts in and around Honolulu aimed at raising funds and collecting goods to assist the people of Tonga. The Center will support and share information about these efforts and will keep our community informed, so please watch out for further information or feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.