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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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Summer AgDiscovery program for teens accepting applications

AgDiscovery students in greenhouse with orchid specialist Teresita Amore.

The Hawaiʻi AgDiscovery Program, July 10–23, 2016, is now open for applications from students 14 to 17 years old. This unique, free summer program, hosted for the sixth year by UH Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, gives its teenage participants a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in agriculture and natural resource management, …

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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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