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In Memoriam: Hawaiian language champion Sam Noʻeau Warner

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Aloha nō ka lama kū o ka Noʻeau. Ua hala. ʻAʻohe naʻe he wā e pio ai ke kukui. Ua ola iā kākou haumāna. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Sam Noʻeau Warner, renowned researcher and teacher, passed away on July 19, 2016. Warner taught countless students the value of speaking Hawaiian through his innovative approaches to language teaching. ...

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NOAA Preserve America grant for online Hawaiian newspaper archive project

Graduate students in the Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation

Prior to the 1820’s and 1830’s, Native Hawaiians passed down stories, songs and cultural traditions orally from generation to generation. Beginning in 1834, the discussions and news began to be chronicled in more than 100 different Hawaiian language newspapers that ran for more than 114 years and produced nearly one million letter-sized pages of text. In an effort to make ...

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[VIDEO] Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation opens its doors

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“Mahi ʻIke Hawaiʻi: Cultivate Hawaiian Knowledge” is the motto of the new Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation (IHLRT) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The new institute is led by Puakea Nogelmeier, a professor of Hawaiian language, and is an invaluable resource for anyone in the state and beyond to find and utilize historical Hawaiian knowledge. There ...

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[VIDEO] New Lyon Arboretum laboratory will expand Hawaiian plant conservation

Keoni Kikala, a botanical support student assistant, in the Hawaiian Rare Plant Program Micropropagation Laboratory in the Lyon Arboretum.

With more than 400 federally endangered or threatened plants, Hawaiʻi is considered an “endangered species hotspot.” This means the tissue culture work of the Hawaiian Rare Plant Program Micropropagation Laboratory at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Lyon Arboretum is critical. “If you lose one species it’s going to be a ripple effect,” said Erin King, a Hawaiian Rare Plant ...

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[VIDEO] Polynesian Voyaging Society and UH celebrate partnership

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As a longtime partner of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, many University of Hawaiʻi students, faculty and staff actively participate in the robust education and community engagement efforts of Hōkūleʻa’s Worldwide Voyage, and the leg up the East Coast of the United States is no exception. Master navigator Kālepa Baybayan, navigator in residence at the University of Hawaiʻi’s ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, served as captain ...

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[VIDEO] Campaign to conserve ʻōhiʻa trees finds roots in community

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A coalition of concerned individuals including scientists, craftspeople, environmentalists and Native Hawaiian practitioners like Kalena Silva (pictured) has helped the #ohialove campaign to flourish. See Hawaiian chant translation. A strong show of public support for the #ohialove crowdfunding campaign to bank ʻōhiʻa tree seeds in the face of the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) epidemic has encouraged organizers to increase their ...

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[VIDEO] UH Mānoa campus an accredited arboretum

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The tree-filled campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is now an accredited arboretum, one of 134 internationally and one of two in Hawaiʻi, joining UH’s Harold L. Lyon Arboretum. UH Mānoa received the recognition from the Morton Arboretum’s ArbNet, the world’s only arboretum accreditation program. “We look at it as giving us an opportunity to show off our campus,” said Richard Criley, UH Mānoa emeritus professor of horticulture. ...

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UH maps way forward at second Worldwide Voyage meeting in Hilo

Participants in the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, along with UH administrators, students and staff, met at UH Hilo on February 12 to discuss the integration of experience and knowledge gained on the voyage into UH curriculum. (photo by Bob Douglas, UH Hilo Stories)

About 55 participants from all 10 University of Hawaiʻi campuses worked on ways to synergize the work of UH with the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Worldwide Voyage at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s Haleʻōlelo in February. It was the second UH Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage gathering, following one which was held at College Hill in December. This meeting had three objectives: Acknowledge the importance of ...

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Remembering the lasting legacy for Native Hawaiian Health left by Richard Kekuni Akana Blaisdell

Richard Kekuni Blaisdell surrounded by his daughter Nalani Blaisdell and greeted by Kalani Brady, in the John A. Burn School of Medicine’s Native Hawaiian Healing Garden.

Richard Kekuni Blaisdell, founding chair of the Department of Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi, died of respiratory failure on February 12 at The Queen’s Medical Center. Surrounded by immediate family, Blaisdell passed with peace and dignity. He was 90 years old. “Dr. Blaisdell is considered a treasure to every class that has ever graduated from our ...

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[VIDEO] Seeding the future of the ʻōhiʻa tree

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The Hawaiian ʻōhiʻa tree forest is under attack. The once lush forest is scattered with the white skeletons of dead ʻōhiʻa trees. A devastating disease called Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, or ROD, has decimated more than 34,000 acres on Hawaiʻi Island. Scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi have been monitoring the spread of ROD with great concern and are looking for ...

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