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Uncovering a hidden shark heiau in Pelekane Bay

researcher in boat

Undergraduate researcher Stephen Matadobra helps trace a Big Island cultural heritage site lost below sediment     That whitetip kept coming back every day. The small reef shark circling Pelekane Bay caught Stephen Matadobra’s eye even before the UH Mānoa undergraduate had heard about the legend. Matadobra, a marine biology major, was taking a field archaeology course on the Big ... Read More »

Evapotranspiration site maps key Hawaii climate factors

Evapotranspiration Map

The Geography Department in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) has launched a new, interactive water resource management website on evapotranspiration that, when added to the existing Rainfall Atlas of Hawai‘i website, will form a family of products providing critical information on the state’s average climate and water processes. Evapotranspiration, the process ... Read More »

Researchers find corn yields more sensitive to drought, climate change

Corn in Hawaii

A new analysis of corn production in the American Midwest has determined that today’s crop yields are more sensitive than ever to bad weather, and especially to drought conditions anticipated under likely climate change scenarios. The study published in May in the journal Science was led by a Stanford University earth scientist and co-authored by Associate Professor of Economics Michael J. Roberts in the ... Read More »

Can black defendants receive a fair trial in the federal justice system?

Judges Gavel

New published research raises questions about whether black defendants can receive a fair trial in the federal justice system – making the case that standard jury instructions regarding the “presumption of innocence” actually shift a jury’s attention toward black faces. The study by researchers at the University of Hawai‘i and Rutgers University was published March 18, 2014, in the scientific ... Read More »

New research partnership strives “To Uplift the Mana and Aspirations of Indigenous Peoples”

Researchers celebrate the signing of a Letter of Understanding

College of Social Sciences and JABSOM partner with University of Auckland, Massey University Academic units at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have entered into an international indigenous research partnership with the University of Auckland and Massey University in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Their goal is to connect scholars who are interested in multidisciplinary and collaborative community-based research in the Pacific. ... Read More »

Woven words: Reflections on my time at UH Manoa

Leilani Tamu

By Leilani Tamu, 2013 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence They say that every journey begins with a first step. But in my experience, every journey begins with a connection. When I think about my three months at UH Mānoa as the 2013 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence, it is the connections that were made, nurtured, and treasured that ... Read More »

Project PEARL produces trainer’s guide to help students with research

Student Researcher

Pathways for Excellence and Achievement in Research and Learning (PEARL), a project funded by the UH Mānoa Institute of Museum and Library Services and directed by the Library and Information Science Program in the Department of Information and Computer Sciences, has produced an online trainer’s guide. The three-year project provided professional development for teams of teachers and librarians from 20 Hawaiʻi ... Read More »

[VIDEO] The untold story of a Nisei spy

Arthur Komori is sworn in as a member of the Corps of Intelligence Police of the U.S. Army on March 13, 1941 at Fort Shafter in Honolulu.

Nine months before the start of World War Two, a second generation Japanese American, or Nisei, from Hawaiʻi was recruited by the United States military to go undercover and gather information on Imperial Japan. Reflections of Honor: The Untold Story of a Nisei Spy is about that man, Maui born Arthur Satoshi Komori, a McKinley High School and University of ... Read More »

World ocean systems undermined by climate change by 2100

Spear fisherman

An ambitious new study describes the full chain of events by which ocean biogeochemical changes triggered by manmade greenhouse gas emissions may cascade through marine habitats and organisms, penetrating to the deep ocean and eventually influencing humans. Previous analyses have focused mainly on ocean warming and acidification, considerably underestimating the biological and social consequences of climate change.  Factoring in predictable ... Read More »

Study in Nature reveals urgent new time frame for climate change

Anthias & Gorgonian

Ecological and societal disruptions by modern climate change are critically determined by the time frame over which climates shift. Camilo Mora and colleagues in the College of Social Sciences’ Department of Geography at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have developed one such time frame. The study, entitled “The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability,” will be published in ... Read More »

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