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Honolulu Cookie Company and HIMB partner to save stranded whales and dolphins

Every Whale Collection gift box and Whale Collection wrap box purchased helps preserve the unique biodiversity of the Hawaiian Islands. (credit: Honolulu Cookie Company)

Honolulu Cookie Company announced a partnership with the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology to save stranded whales and dolphins in Hawaiʻi. The company will donate part of the proceeds from the sale of its Whale Collection cookies to support HIMB’s Marine Mammal Stranding Research and Rescue Initiative and is asking for the public’s support with HIMB’s research and conservation efforts. …

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Beneficial bacteria in Hawaiian squid attracted to fatty acids

Hawaiian bobtail squid Credit: The Squid and Vibrio Labs.

The small but charismatic Hawaiian bobtail squid is known for its predator-fooling light organ. To survive, the nocturnal cephalopod depends on a mutually beneficial relationship with the luminescent bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, which gives it the ability to mimic moonlight on the surface of the ocean, and deceive monk seals and other predators that would happily make a meal of the …

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Novel tsunami detection network uses navigation systems on commercial ships

UH Mānoa researchers have equipped 10 Matson and Maersk Line ships with real-time geodetic GPS systems and satellite communications to create a network of low-cost tsunami sensors.

Accurate and rapid detection and assessment of tsunamis in the open ocean is critical for predicting how they will impact distant coastlines, enabling appropriate mitigation efforts. Scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) are using commercial ships operating in the North Pacific to construct a network of low-cost tsunami sensors …

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Undergrad helps discover new bacterium on way to marine biology degree

Terasakiispira papahanaumokuakeensis, spiral-shaped bacterium grown from a pond on the Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

A UH Mānoa undergraduate who conducted a research project on her way to earning a bachelor of science degree in 2014 in marine biology was instrumental in the discovery of a spiral-shaped bacterium that is the only known representative of a new genus and species. Vanessa K. Zepeda, 30, is the lead author of a paper published in the current …

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[VIDEO] 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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[VIDEO] SOEST brings potentially $100M in convention business, named ʻElele Organization of the Year

(L to r): Debbie Zimmerman, ‘Elele Program Director; SOEST Dean Brian Taylor; SOEST Associate Dean Alexander Shor; and George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority

The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was celebrated by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA), Meet Hawaiʻi and the state’s tourism industry leaders as the ʻElele Organization of the Year for its outstanding work in helping to bring potentially more than $100 million in convention business to the state. SOEST’s …

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Rare images reveal details of U.S. Navy seaplane lost in Pearl Harbor attack

A diver examines the gunner's forward turret on a PBY-5 Catalina resting on its right side in Kāne‛ohe Bay, Hawaii. The plane was sunk at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Credit: UH Marine Option Program

NOAA and University of Hawaiʻi archaeologists today released rare images of a U.S. Navy  airplane sunk during the opening minutes of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Oahu on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. The attack led to the United States’ entry into World War II. Minutes before attacking Pearl Harbor, Japanese Imperial Navy aircraft bombed the nearby …

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La Niña is not helping Hawaiʻi’s rainfall and groundwater

La Niña events no longer bring excess rainfall to Hawaiʻi (courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Historically when El Niño events occur, Hawaiʻi has experienced nearly six months of drought, from November to April. Conversely, during La Niña events rainfall has been greater than normal, building up Hawaiʻi’s groundwater supply. New research published this month in the Journal of Climate by scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology …

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Lessons from Katrina and implications for Hawaiʻi focus of upcoming event

Katrina satellite imagery. Credit: NOAA

Ten years after one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history tore through New Orleans, a group of experts and specialists will convene to revisit the impact of Hurricane Katrina and discuss important lessons learned from the disaster and their implications for the future of Hawaiʻi. In conjunction with World Town Planning Day, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in …

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