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Lunar conference on climate change launched at UH Mānoa


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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Herbarium links up with largest ex-situ plant conservation program in world

Acacia koa seeds being prepared for long-term storage

The Joseph F. Rock Herbarium in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa botany department has initiated a new research collaboration with the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership project. The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, a global program of the Royal Botanic Garden in the United Kingdom, is the largest ex-situ plant conservation program in the world. The focus is on global plant ...

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College of Education doctorate graduate wins international award

Dr. Makalapua Alencastre

Makalapua Alencastre, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Education at UH Hilo and UHM College of Education alumni, is the winner of the 2015 Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award. Her dissertation, E Hoʻoulu ʻIa Nā Kumu Mauli Ola Hawaiʻi: Preparing Hawaiian Cultural Identity Teachers, was selected for its high quality research and potential ...

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New aquatic science curriculum now online


Science teachers throughout the state and nation now have a website, based on the award-winning Fluid Earth/Living Ocean aquatic science curriculum, where they can investigate, discover, evaluate, communicate and learn about marine science. The Exploring Our Fluid Earth curriculum, which examines coastal and ocean sciences by studying the influence of water on the planet, was developed to be useful to ...

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Protecting Hawai‘i’s key pollinators


Honeybees pollinate many tropical fruits and nuts and are key pollinators for crops such as melons, squash, and cucumbers—$200 million worth of crops statewide. However, the large colony losses experienced recently on O‘ahu and the Big Island have awakened concern for the preservation of honeybee populations and the sustainability of bee-dependent fruit, nut, and vegetable production in Hawai‘i. UHM’s College ...

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New anthurium blight website from CTAHR

"Marian Seefurth" is a staple variety of the modern anthurium industry. Credit: Joanne Lichty, CTAHR.

Anthurium blight is a serious disease that has severely impacted Hawai‘i’s anthurium industry. The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) has been instrumental in the fight against the pest since it was first discovered, and now a new website created by Scot Nelson (PEPS) describes its history and shows what’s in store for the future. Anthurium Blight: Pathogen, Symptoms ...

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Research shows catastrophic invertebrate extinction in Hawaiʻi and globally

One of the last remaining amastrid land snail species on O‘ahu: Laminella sanguinea in the Waianae Mountains. (photo credit: Kenneth A. Hayes)

Hawaiʻi has been called the “extinction capital of the world.” But, with the exception of the islands’ birds, there has until now been no accurate assessment of the true level of this catastrophic loss. Invertebrates (insects, snails, spiders, etc.) constitute the vast majority of the species that make up Hawaiʻi’s formerly spectacularly diverse and unique biota. A team of researchers, ...

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Hōkūleʻa crew and UH researchers explore Great Barrier Reef

Hokulea Great Barrier Reef

Three key University of Hawaiʻi staff contributed to Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa’s exploration and research at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in June. Chad Kalepa Baybayan is a master navigator and serves as astronomer in residence at UH’s ʻImiloa Astronomy Center on the Big Island. UH graduate assistant Haunani Kane is serving as Hōkūleʻa’s assistant navigator. UH researcher Ruth Gates, an ...

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2015 Regents Medals for Excellence in Research

Manoa Awards

Location, location, location. Hawaii makes all the difference for the three scientists recognized with this year’s Regents’ Medals for Excellence in Research. For Assistant Professor Robert Thomson, in the Department of Biology within the College of Natural Sciences, the opportunity to work in one of the world’s most important hot spots of diversity was a huge draw to UH. “Because UH ...

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International conference focuses on language documentation, conservation

Language conference

The UH Mānoa College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature’s renowned Department of Linguistics and National Foreign Language Resource Center recently hosted the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation. The event attracted over 450 participants from around the world who are engaged in documenting, preserving and revitalizing endangered languages. Titled “Enriching Theory, Practice, and Application,” the four-day gathering highlighted the ...

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