Update: March 17—The Pacific Ocean Science and Technology building will be open on Friday, March 18, for students with classes and faculty and staff.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa held a news conference to discuss the explosion that occurred in a laboratory at the Pacific Ocean Science and Technology Building on March 16. Speaking at the March 17 news conference was UH Mānoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology Dean Brian Taylor and Environmental Health and Safety Director Roy Takekawa.

At the news conference Taylor announced that a structural engineer had confirmed that the building was sound and would be reopened.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Pacific Ocean Science and Technology Building

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  1. Poor girl.

    I hope this tragedy has nothing to do with the $500+ million backlog in building maintenance that exists on the Manoa campus. If this terrible disaster was caused by the maintenance back log I hope administrators are held accountable for their incompetence.

    Construction of the POST building suffered under layers and layers of Hawaii bureaucracy. The comments in the linked article made by present day administrator Kathy Cutshaw are particularly telling and worth a read.

    UH Administrators are penny wise, dollar foolish, short sighted and never afraid to cut corners to line their pockets.


    Wishing the post doc a speedy recovery and hopefully the investigation gets to the bottom of this so it cannot happen again.

  2. I wonder if there is a “gofundme” website I could go to so I can help with donations (to help cover the post grad student’s hospital costs)? Prayers for her and hoping for a quick recovery!

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