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Curve of the Hook awarded for excellence in non-fiction

The Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association (HBPA) has presented its 2017 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awardfor excellence in nonfiction to Curve of the Hook: An Archaeologist in Polynesia, the summer 2016 volume of Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, published by the University of HawaiʻiPress. HBPA’s jurors considered eighty-five nominations in twelve publishing categories. In a book-length interview, illustrated with maps, charts, and previously unpublished photographs, Curve of the Hook covers the …

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Nainoa Thompson: University of Hawai‘i is the most important navigator

Amid the blowing of pū and the cheering of thousands gathered at Magic Island, the Hōkūleʻa sailed home in June 2017 after a three-year, 40,000-mile voyage around the world. It was an event of deep significance to the University of Hawaiʻi ʻohana. Countless UH students, faculty, staff and alumni served the voyage in myriad ways, as volunteers, navigators, captains and …

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Navigate and sail by the stars aboard a virtual Hōkūleʻa

Adventure awaits! It may soon be possible to sail on the Polynesian Voyaging Society canoe Hōkūleʻa, view the stars and constellations at sea and navigate using traditional wayfinding techniques all from your home, thanks to virtual reality. It’s a project called Kilo Hōkū, which roughly translates to navigating the stars. “You can buy a [virtual reality] headset at a very …

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Lyon Arboretum researcher honored as Endangered Species Recovery Champion

Nellie Sugii, manager of the University of Hawaiʻi Harold L. Lyon Arboretum’s Hawaiian Rare Plant Program (HRPP) was honored with a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Champion award. This highly prestigious award is given to select U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and partners whose leadership efforts are integral to the recovery of endangered and threatened species of …

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New cohort begins environmental biology summer internship for Pacific Islanders

A cohort of 12 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island undergraduate students arrived at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in May to participate in a summer research internship called Environmental Biology for Pacific Islanders, hosted by UH Mānoa’s Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC). The opportunity, funded for three years by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, …

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Teaching Oceania releases third iBook in series

Teaching Oceania is a new publication series created with the collaboration of scholars from around the Pacific region to address the need for appropriate literature for undergraduate Pacific Islands Studies students throughout Oceania. The series is designed to take advantage of digital technology to enhance texts with embedded multimedia content, thought-provoking images, and interactive graphs. The first volumes (1–4) were …

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Spoken Hawaiian language digital repository awarded grants

A University of Hawaiʻi project to build a digital online repository of spoken Hawaiian language, or ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi received grants from the The National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities. The grants total $448,464 over a three-year period. The project, “Building a Hawaiian Spoken Language Repository,” will create Kaniʻāina, a digital corpus of recordings and transcripts of Native Hawaiian language. Kaniʻāina will feature …

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UH Press publishes open-access Hawaiian language journal

The University of Hawaiʻi Press now publishes the new, open-access resource for Hawaiian scholars, Palapala: a journal for Hawaiian language and literature. The entirety of Palapala volume 1, issue 1, which includes contemporary research in both Hawaiian and English, is freely available at the UH Press website. “We are honored to offer, through a collaboration with the UH library and …

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UH scholars recognized for indigenous research excellence

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa scholars Kerry Laiana Wong, Daniel Lipe and Kalani Akana are participating in Invited Presidential Session at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting in Texas. The sessions are reserved for scholars who are recognized by AERA as leading authorities in their areas of research. Kerry Laiana Wong Wong, an associate professor at the Hawaiʻinuiākea …

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Hawaiʻi plant conservation gets a boost

Lyon Arboretum’s Hawaiian Rare Plant Program (HRPP) has been awarded a $114,000 national grant to help preserve a plant collection of native Hawaiian species, most of which are endangered, at the program’s Micropropagation Laboratory in Mānoa Valley. The laboratory is the only facility in Hawaiʻi that serves as a rescue, recovery and storage unit for the conservation of critically endangered Hawaiian plants. The grant to the laboratory, under the direction …

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