Hawai'i conservation alliance

2015 marks the 23rd Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference (HCC)

August 3-6, 2015, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Hawaiʻi!

Hanohano Hawaiʻi Kuauli: Celebrating Collaboration and Wisdom Across Hawaiʻi's Ecosystems

Call for Proposals is now closed. 

 

Monday, August 3rd - Opening Reception

Pualani Kanakaʻole Kanahele

Pua is of pure Hawaiian descent and is responsible to her ancestral lineage. She was raised in a Hula tradition that spans many generations.  She was educated in Western institutions and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree ... READ MORE

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Tuesday, August 4th - Opening Plenary

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy is a widely acclaimed international figure who has worked in the Amazon since 1965 and has been at the forefront of biodiversity conservation for most of the past 50 years ... READ MORE

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Wednesday, August 5th - Opening Plenary

Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Ph.D.

Prior to joining The Kohala Center as its president and chief executive officer in 2015, Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer served as a member of the faculty at the Hui ‘Āina Momona Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a joint appointment in the Richardson School of Law and the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. READ MORE

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Thursday, August 6th - Closing Luncheon

Senator Brian Schatz (video message)

Senator Brian Schatz has dedicated his career to public service as a strong advocate for Hawai‘i’s middle-class families, a clean energy economy, seniors, our veterans, and Native Hawaiians.  READ MORE

Thursday, August 6th - Closing Luncheon

Suzanne Case

Governor Ige appointed Suzanne Case as Chair of the State of Hawai‘i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources in April, 2015 ... READ MORE

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Distinguished Service Award

Alvin Char

Army Environmental Division Chief

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Since 1997 the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance has recognized persons reaching the highest esteem within the conservation community. These persons are nominated by their peers. The award honors exceptional service, personal effort and unselfish interest, embodying long-term dedication and tenacity in environmental conservation for the Hawaiian Islands.

Distinguished Service Award

Loyal Mehrhoff

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Since 1997 the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance has recognized persons reaching the highest esteem within the conservation community. These persons are nominated by their peers. The award honors exceptional service, personal effort and unselfish interest, embodying long-term dedication and tenacity in environmental conservation for the Hawaiian Islands.

Conservation Innovation Award

E Ala Pū

A network linking more than 25 communities from around Hawai`i to increase their effectiveness in managing local biocultural heritage

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Starting in July 2006, the HCA has granted the Conservation Innovation Awards for new technologies or techniques used in conservation activities in the islands.  This recognition is given to the instigators or champions of a procedure that leads to significant advances to the structure or nature of environmental conservation in Hawai‘i. Examples of such procedures may be the creating of legislation that changes the dynamics of natural resource management, or programs that lead to significant better protection of the Hawaii’s native ecosystems.

Outstanding Leadership

William & Melva Aila

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Since 2007, this award is given to a person who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing environmental conservation in Hawai‘i over the short to medium term (several years to a decade). Examples of such leadership may be seen in creating avenues for rapid advancement in conservation through influencing natural resource management or programs that lead to significant better protection of Hawai‘i’s native ecosystems.

Runner-Up Oral Presentation Award

Puanani Anderson-Fung

The Mystery of the Ake Plants. Evolution of a Polynesian Plant Name Provides Insights into the Ingenuity of Indigenous Scientists

Runner-Up Student Poster Award

Amanda Knauf

Effects of Soil Nutrient Availability on Competitive Dynamics between Non-Native Invasive and Native Species in Hawaiian Dry Forests