Free virtual UH conference blends culture and science

University of Hawaiʻi
Marc Arakaki, (808) 228-3215
Content Producer, UH Communications
Posted: Nov 7, 2021

Link to video and sound (details below):

WHAT: “Blending of Culture and Science” will bring together a wide range of experts to discuss steps toward creating a balance between science and culture, which are essential to a sustainable future in Hawai‘i and around the world. The free virtual innovation conference is hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

WHEN: November 15–17. Sessions include: 

  • Connecting Hawaiian Indigenous Culture with Modern Astronomy, Monday, November 15, 8-10 a.m.

  • Conservation of Our Ahupua‘a, Tuesday, November 16, 8-10 a.m.

  • Innovating to Impact Hawai‘i and the World, Wednesday, November 17, 8-10 a.m.

WHO: The public is invited. Capacity will be limited to the first 1,000 attendees. 

HOW: Register on the UH Research and Innovation website.

WHY: Both culture and science have sought to answer the questions about who we are, where we come from and where we are going. Recognizing that creating a balance between culture and science is essential to a sustainable future in Hawai‘i and around the world, UH is hosting this timely three-day virtual conference.


Keynote speakers:

Additional panelists and speakers include UH President David Lassner, UH Mānoa Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology Interim Director Christopher Sabine, Hawai‘i Investment Ready CEO Keoni Lee and Jelly Co-Founder Cindy Wu.

Visit the UH Research and Innovation website for a full list of panelists and speakers.



0:00-0:23 - Culture and astronomy

0:23-0:39 - Coral reef conservation

0:39-1:06 - Agriculture

1:06-1:56 - Innovation



Vassilis L. Syrmos, UH Vice President for Research and Innovation


“Research conducted by the University of Hawai‘i impacts the quality of life in the whole state, especially in a post COVID-19 era where the need for diversification of our economy is paramount.”


“Our research enterprise the last year was $500 million in revenue. We use that research that we create here to advance commercialization and create new technologies and industries to fuel the economy in the State of Hawai‘i and also export knowledge worldwide.”

Ka‘iu Kimura, UH Hilo ʻImiloa Astronomy Center Executive Director


“It might appear that there’s a disparity between ancestral knowledge and modern scientific knowledge but in fact it’s one in the same and it’s just our continued exploration of our world around us through the various lenses that we carry.”