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Native silverswords threatened by shifting climate patterns

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A new study published in Climate Change Responses by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers shows how shifting atmospheric circulation patterns that may be caused by climate change are threatening populations of the iconic silversword on Haleakalā. The native plant is found nowhere else in the world. Paul Krushelnycky of the UH Mānoa Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences and ...

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Native Hawaiian health programs receive $3M Queen’s Health Systems investment

Third-year medical student Nash Witten, right, shown enjoying his neighbor island clerkship training, supported by The Queen’s Health Systems. Also pictured at Waikoloa Medical Arts, from left, Linda Robertson, Stewart Lawrence and Chris Tom.

The Queen’s Health Systems (QHS) is investing nearly $3 million dollars over the next five years for education and community programs to improve the health of Native Hawaiians. The $2.8 million recently pledged brings the total QHS investment in the University of Hawaiʻi Native Hawaiian Health programs to $10 million since 2002. QHS support has allowed the John A. Burns ...

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Hawaiʻi wildfires strongly linked to human activity

Flames move uphill in Oʻahu wildfire

A new research paper co-authored by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers outlines the surprising frequency of wildfire in the Hawaiian Islands. Clay Trauernicht and Creighton Litton of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources drew on multiple sources to construct a 108-year fire history that demonstrates a more-than-fourfold increase ...

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UH Cancer Center evaluates noni

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Researchers evaluate if noni has properties that can help fight cancer in early-stage prostate cancer patients in a University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center study. “There has been such strong belief through generations of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders that the noni fruit possesses healing properties. Past laboratory research found anti-cancer properties in noni extract,” said Jeffrey Huang, principal investigator and ...

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UH contributes to Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage

Hōkūleʻa arriving in Cape Town, South Africa on November 12, 2015 (photo courtesy of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and ʻŌiwi TV and Sam Kapoi)

Sailing halfway around the world from Hawaiʻi to South Africa and multiple ports and countries in between, the University of Hawaiʻi has been an integral part of the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻaʻs worldwide voyage, also known as Mālama Honua, or “to care for our earth.” The University of Hawaiʻi is the higher education partner in the Worldwide Voyage. About 50 University ...

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Spiritual side of indigenous ocean sports explored

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Eight years ago, Harald Barkhoff, professor of kinesiology and exercise sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, started a lifelong commitment to participate in Uluākea, a program managed by the Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center designed to help develop the university into more of a “Hawaiian place of learning.” Cultural practitioners at Uluākea teach faculty in various academic disciplines ...

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Coral reef resiliency research draws high-profile investments

A healthy reef with associated high ecological, cultural and economic value. (photo credit: Robert Richmond)

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology researcher and coral expert Ruth Gates and her team are racing against time and climate change to breed corals that can withstand future ocean conditions and that can be used to restore and build resilience in our reefs. Part of that work involves figuring out why healthy brown corals thrive while ...

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Student engineers participate in Native Hawaiian STEM symposium

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The 4th Annual Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering (IKE) Student Symposium held on August 15, 2015 focused on hōʻike, meaning culminating demonstration. The IKE program helps promote Native Hawaiians in engineering. Students who presented at the symposium completed a summer engineering experience, finished a pre-engineering math emporium course and a completed a hands-on engineering or research project over the academic year ...

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Lunar conference on climate change launched at UH Mānoa

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Hundreds of cultural experts, scientists and community leaders convened on September 25 at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to apply the use of the traditional lunar calendar and explore how ancestral knowledge can address and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The ʻAimalama conference, which featured panel discussions, site trips and presentations, was launched by Pualani ...

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