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State holds first Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Summit


Lead scientists joined Governor David Ige and other top policy makers for the first Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Summit on November 30. State and federal experts, including University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researcher Gordon Bennett, provided situation reports on the disease and presented the recently completed strategic response plan which will guide the statewide response to this dire threat to Hawaiʻi’s …

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[VIDEO] UH researchers making advances in battle against rapid ʻōhiʻa death

Ambrosia beetles

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers are playing an important role in the fight against rapid ʻōhiʻa death. Since 2013, this fungal disease has killed hundreds of thousands of ʻōhiʻa trees and affected almost 50,000 acres of ʻōhiʻa forests on Hawaiʻi Island. ʻŌhiʻa are the foundation of the state’s watershed and a cultural treasure. UH researchers say the ambrosia beetle, which are …

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About the Kupuna: Demographic profile of Hawaii’s older adults


Jenjira Yahirun and Hua Zan (both with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Center on the Family) have produced a demographic profile report on Hawai‘i’s older adults, which presents a snapshot of the older population in Hawai‘i, including their population share and population projections for the future, their racial and ethnic diversity, their family and household characteristics, and …

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International study finds areas protecting wildlife are doing good job but need support

Zebras in Etosha National Park, Namibia. Photo: Alison Woodley

An international study published in the journal Nature Communications, the largest investigation of wildlife trends in protected areas to date, found that most protected areas around the world are successfully safeguarding wildlife. This is especially true in wealthier, more developed countries, which suggests the continued need for adequate support of these parks. “National Parks are the cornerstone of most country’s …

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Pacific Global Breadfruit Summit honors UH ʻulu pioneer

Diane Ragone (left) distributing ʻulu in Hauʻula

Experts and practitioners will share development breakthroughs and practical applications in energy, food security, health and disaster preparedness using the humble breadfruit (ʻulu in Hawaiian) at the inaugural Pacific Global Breadfruit Summit August 27–31, 2016 at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The theme of the Breadfruit Summit is Honoring and Sharing. The mission focus is weaving traditional wisdom and cultural knowledge with modern …

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Hawaiʻi teens making better choices according to KIDS COUNT 2016


Hawaiʻi ranks 23 in the nation on overall child well-being, a slight improvement from 24th last year, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT©Data Book. The 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book continues to look at child well-being in the midst of the country’s economic recovery, after the recession ended in June 2009. The data book focuses on …

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Undergraduate investigates how to grow plants in space

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Aleca Borsuk, a senior Mechanical Engineering student in the College of Engineering, worked with mentor, Kent Kobayashi, associate horticulturist in Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences at the College of Tropcial Agriculture and Human Resources, on a project which used artificial lighting to simulate amaranth grown in space. She presented this work at the Spring 2016 Hawai’i Space Grant Consortium Fellowship & Traineeship …

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UH Mānoa partners in National Microbiome Initiative

President Barack Obama at the National Institute of Health. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

On May 13, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI), a coordinated effort to better understand microbiomes—communities of microorganisms that live on and in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere—and to develop tools to protect and restore healthy microbiome function. This initiative represents a combined federal agency investment of more …

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New homeless services report from Center on the Family

Homeless service utilization increased 4.7% from fiscal year 2014 to 2015. Source: Center on the Family

The Center on the Family at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Homeless Programs Office of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Human Services have released the Homeless Service Utilization Report: Hawaiʻi 2015. Authored by Associate Specialist Sarah Yuan, Hong Vo Kristen Gleason and Javzandulam Azuma, the report provides the most current data on the utilization patterns of homeless services …

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A helicopter and paintball gun: new tools in the battle to remove invasive species

Helicopter_James Leary

James Leary, associate professor in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), is battling invasive species with his innovative Herbicide Ballistic Technology (HBT™). Leary has invented a way to adapt readily available pneumatic paintball guns to shoot small gelatin capsules filled with herbicide to control invasive plants and trees. In Maui, Leary’s main focus is miconia, an invasive weed …

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