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Conference Speakers

Tundi Agardy

Opening Plenary Session Tundi Agardy, PhD

Bill Raynor

Director, Marine Conservation Programs, Asia-Pacific Region, The Nature Conservancy

Alan Holt

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Global Conservation

Sheila Conant

Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Hawai`i; 2002 HCA Distinguished Service Awardee

The Honorable Dr. Jane Lubchenco

Distinguished University Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies, Oregon State University

Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio

Professor, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

William N. Kostka

Executive Director Micronesia Conservation Trust

W.S. Merwin

Poet Laureate

Dr. Stephen Schneider

Stanford University; distinguished member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who with four generations of IPCC authors received a collective Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 Climate Change in Hawai‘i: Threats and Opportunities

Jerry M. Mitchell

Chief of Biological Resource Management for the National Park Service

Paul Jokiel

University of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB)

Kaiwi Nui

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Ben Namakin

Youth Advocating on Climate Change

Doug Mckenzie-Mohr, PH.D.

Environmental Psychologist and Founder of Community-based Social Marketing

Neil J. Kaho ‘Okele Hannahs

Director of Strategic Integration, Land Assets Division, Kamehameha Schools

Kapua Kawelo, Joby Rohrer and Hi‘ilei Kawelo


Aroha Te Pareake Mead

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Jack Jeffrey

Photographer and Wildlife Biologist

The Honorable Togiola T.A. Tulafono

American Samoa’s Fifty-second Governor, and Fourth Elected Samoan Governor

Sylvia Earle

Founder/Science Advisor Deep Ocean Exploration and Research

Elliott Norse

President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute

Peter Vitousek

Clifford G. Morrison Professor of Population and Resource Studies, Department of Biology, Stanford University

Bryan Harry

Director of the Pacific West Region (retired), National Park Service

David Helvarg

President, Blue Frontier Campaign

Michael Soulé

Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz

Dr. J. Michael Scott

Senior Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, University of Idaho

Dr. Fikret Berkes

“Biocultural Approaches and Community-based Conservation”

Brutus La Benz

“Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Foundations and Futures”

Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on the Environment

Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on the Environment

Nainoa Thompson

President, Polynesian Voyaging Society

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