Mauna Loa Volcano looms above HVO atop Uwekahuna Bluff, located on the northwest rim of Kilauea Caldera. HVO scientists have worked at this site since 1948. The buildings that housed HVO between 1948 and 1986 were originally built in 1927 with funds provided by the Hawaiian Volcano Research Associaton, the group that supported HVO in its early days. From 1927 to 1948, this is where naturalists of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park met the public, gave talks, and were headquartered. Over time, as the numbers of its visitors grew, the "National Park Museum and Lecture Hall" was lengthened and widened, with architecture that matched the original building. The movie hall was converted into offices and machine shop for HVO, and most of the exhibit floor became offices and laboratories. In 1958, a new wing was added to HVO; this wing housed offices and geochemistry laboratories and is still in use.
This photograph was taken during the construction of HVO's new building and the Jaggar Museum.