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Workshops & Trainings

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance is proud to offer the following workshops in conjunction with the 2017 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference:

ʻOpihi Partnership Summit: Charting a Course for Abundant ‘Opihi Across the Hawaiian Islands

Monday, July 17th || 8am to 2pm || Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Room 314 || RSVP required

Strategies for Wildland Fire Risk Asessment and Mitigation on Pacific Islands

Monday, July 17th || 8am to 4pm || Palehua, Waianae Mountains, Oʻahu || RSVP required

Basics of R for Conservation

Monday, July 17th || 8am to 5pm || University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, St. John Building Room 11 (3190 Maile Way) || Registration required

Measuring Our Progress toward Sustainability with the Hawaiʻi Ocean Health Index

Monday, July 17th || 2pm to 5pm || Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Room 315 || RSVP required

Kaʻikaʻi Iwikuamoʻo: Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Leadership Workshop

Tuesday, July 18th || 1pm to 3pm || Location: Room 315 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center || RSVP required

What’s Your Punchline? How to Make Your Message Resonate with Different Audiences

Tuesday, July 18th || 3:15 to 5:15pm || Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Room 315 || RSVP required

Environmental Education Workshop for K-8 Educators

Wednesday, July 19th || 9am to 11:30am || McCoy Pavilion Meeting Room at Ala Moana Beach Park (1201 Ala Moana Blvd.) || Registration required

Integrated Intertidal Monitoring

Friday, July 21st || 8am to 1pm || Location: Sandy’s Beach Park || RSVP required


‘Opihi Partnership Summit: Charting a Course for Abundant ‘Opihi Across the Hawaiian Islands

Monday, July 17th || 8am to 2pm

Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Room 314

In order to sustainably harvest from Hawaii’s rocky shorelines and prevent the complete removal of ‘opihi, a group with one common interest – reversing the decline of Hawaii’s intertidal resources while promoting sustainable harvest met in Hana, Maui in 2008 to discuss their common concerns.  That meeting birthed the ‘Opihi Partnership which has grown into an successful collaboration between Hawaiian practitioners, community organizations, university scientists & students, NGO’s, and government agencies. The partnership embraces both scientific and traditional Hawaiian knowledge and supports Hawaiian community groups and managers in monitoring their shorelines and effecting positive change in their marine resources.  The objective of the workshop is to share what’s being learned and to chart a course forward to achieve effective management and abundant ‘opihi across the Hawaiian Islands. The workshop, convened by the ʻOpihi Partnership, provides a forum for the many community groups, researchers, NGOs, and government agencies working across Hawaii to share about their work. Through this conversation, participants can learn how, together, we can continue to re-establish healthy relationships with our shorelines, build community capacity, use place based management practices, and inform management decision-making.  This workshop is designed for organizations, Individuals, and agencies who have, are, or would like to conduct ‘opihi research or management activities.

Proposed Agenda

8am to 8:30am Welcome/Introductions
8:30am to 9:20am Topic 1: Community Empowerment & Call to Action
9:20am to 9:30am BREAK
9:30am to 10:20am Topic 2: Monitoring & Assessment
10:20am to 10:30am BREAK
10:30am to 11:20pm Topic 3: Management, Policy & Strategies
11:30am to 12:20pm LUNCH
12:30pm to 1:20pm Topic 4: Outreach & Education
1:20pm to 2pm Wrap-Up

This is a free event!

RSVP with Tia Brown at (808) 725-5333 or

Access flyer HERE.


Strategies for Wildland Fire Risk Asessment and Mitigation on Pacific Islands

Monday, July 17th || 8am to 4pm

Palehua, Waianae Mountains, Oʻahu

Wildfire impacts and shapes landscapes and ecosystems in dramatic ways and poses significant challenges to conservation in Hawaii.  This is readily apparent in the Waianae mountains of Oahu. Join us for this place-based training to learn about wildfire planning and mitigation. We’ll cover wildfire basics and planning resources through a classroom based workshop component then head out into the field with Palehua land managers.  As we tour the upper area of the Palehua watershed, managers will share their experiences with balancing wildfire management, community-based restoration, and habitat conservation in the face of two recent large fires.
This full-day workshop and field trip is co-developed by the Pacific Fire Exchange and the Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization in cooperation with Gill Ewa Lands.  The overall goal of the workshop is to illustrate the importance of local knowledge in fire planning efforts. The learning outcomes will be relevant for planners, educators, and both marine and terrestrial resource management programs and include:

Learn how climate, vegetation, and human activities create hazardous wildfire conditions
Learn how existing information and strategies such as fire weather forecasts, public outreach efforts, pre-fire planning and fuels management, and post-fire response can inform their management and conservation efforts
Learn how to apply and integrate fire-related resources and information through a problem-based learning exercise
Develop pre- and/or post-fire planning strategies at the landscape scale using participatory mapping and GIS
Understand the challenges of integrating fire management and conservation objectives in the field.
Share your own experiences, ideas, and approaches to conservation as well as land and fire management.

Cost: Free with conference registration (registration limited to 30).

RSVP via:

What to bring/equipment: For the workshop, business cards and note-taking materials may be useful. Coffee and snacks will be provided in the morning, however please bring your own sack lunch. For the field trip bring lunch, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and a hat if you wear one. Wear decent close- toed shoes/boots for walking through rough terrain. A rain jacket might be necessary depending on the weather.

Contact: Clay Trauernicht ( ot Melissa Kunz (

Access flyer HERE.


Basics of R for Conservation

Monday, July 17th || 8am to 5pm

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, St. John Building Room 11 (3190 Maile Way)

The R data analysis environment allows for the standardized and reproducible organization, display, and analysis of data. It has many advantages: it is available free of cost, runs on most computer systems, and is therefore a common platform that can be used to exchange data and methods worldwide. R is the leading tool for data analysis today.

It can also seem opaque to beginners, which can prevent people from making use of this powerful and widespread tool. This day-long training session will introduce participants into the basics of using R for data analysis. We will cover how to get data into the R environment and how to find the tools and packages appropriate for your specific data questions. We’ll learn how to organize datasets using intuitive tools such as the ‘dplyr’ package. From there we will learn how to easily create publication-quality graphics and perform analyses such as linear regression and ANOVA. The end goal is that participants will come out of this training with the tools and confidence to begin using R for their own conservation projects.

This course is intended for those who have little to no experience with R, or who want to re-visit the language after some time away. This training session is not for you if you can (for example) install the ‘tidyverse’ package and begin to use it after reading the reference manual.

The training session will alternate presentation and demonstration of R language commands and techniques with short problem-solving exercises conducted in pairs or small groups.

At the end of the training, participants should be able to get tabular data into and out of the R environment, create graphical representations of datasets, and perform simple statistical analyses. They will also have an appreciation of how to advance to more sophisticated analyses. Programming with the R environment will be via a command-line interface, and participants will understand how to use text-based commands to create and save a re-usable workflow applicable to multiple datasets. Sample datasets, materials, and examples will be digitally distributed to attendees for future reference.

Participants must bring their own laptop computer. If possible, install the latest versions of R ( and RStudio ( beforehand. If you have questions about the content or format, or if you have a dataset that you think might be used as an example relevant to conservation in Hawaii, feel free to contact the session organizer (

Cost: Free with conference registration. Class size limited to 25 attendees.

What to bring: A laptop computer with power cable, ideally with R and RStudio installed as described above. We will have breaks, including for lunch, so bring your own or there are on-campus concessions nearby.

Register via this online form or contact Kevin Brinck (



Measuring Our Progress toward Sustainability with the Hawaiʻi Ocean Health Index

Monday, July 17th || 2pm to 5pm

Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Room 315

This is a free workshop, however, onsite parking fees are $10.

The health and strength of Hawaiʻi’s people and economy are dependent on healthy coastal and ocean resources. To better understand our current ocean resources, a comprehensive assessment of our ocean resources is needed- and it has never been done before.

The Ocean Health Index (OHI) is a global assessment tool that was developed to meet this need. This tool creates the platform for communities worldwide to better understand the benefits that our ocean and coastal resources provide to people now and into the future.

The Ocean Health Index for Hawaiʻi is being adapted from a global to local context through integrating community values, local data sets, management actions, and ecosystem indicators. The Hawaiʻi Ocean Health Index includes ten locally defined goals identified by local communities and stakeholders: Food Provision, Artisanal Fishing Opportunities, Biodiversity, Coastal Protection, Livelihoods & Economies, Sense of Place, Clean Water, Sustainable Tourism, Recreation, and Natural Products.

We humbly ask for your participation at this workshop to provide input and feedback on the draft of this assessment. We envision this tool to support our local communities, managers, and policy makers to better and more holistically understand, track, and communicate the status of our oceans. The index is highly adaptable and requires further development at this workshop to strengthen the index’s incorporation of community values and needs. Mahalo nui loa!

To learn more about the Hawaiʻi Ocean Health Index, please visit:

To learn about the global Ocean Health Index, please visit:

Please RSVP here or Eva Schemmel with Conservation International Hawaiʻi at


Kaʻikaʻi Iwikuamoʻo: Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Leadership Workshop

Tuesday, July 18th || 1pm to 3pm

Location: Room 315 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center

Kaʻikaʻi means to lead, support, lift up, or raise. Iwikuamoʻo is one of four starlines used by navigators to lead them to their destinations; it also means “backbone”, and is a metaphor for a genealogical line. With these two terms as inspiration, the Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Subcommittee welcomes participants who want to develop leadership skills. As many emerging professionals continue on their career path, defining one’s style of leadership is necessary in building personal capacity. Our workshop will begin with a hands-on activity exploring the significance of ʻaha and how this traditional practice intertwines with leadership. The hands-on activity will continue throughout the workshop to incorporate into the ʻaha the ʻike (knowledge) being shared and gained. A panel of seasoned and emerging leaders will discuss their leadership styles and share their personal journeys. Panelists will then lead breakout groups and facilitate discussion surrounding leadership perspectives and methodology. The group will reconvene to close the workshop with overarching insights and themes on leadership. Join us for a dynamic and interactive discussion about navigating leadership pathways in Hawaiʻi.

We are asking all interested participants to RSVP prior to the workshop! Please fill out this RSVP by Friday, June 30th. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!


What’s Your Punchline? How to Make Your Message Resonate with Different Audiences

Tuesday, July 18th || 3:15 to 5:15pm

Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Room 315

Do you want to learn how to better communicate with your audience and get them more engaged in your issue? Then don’t miss this interactive forum that will give you hands-on practice in dealing with different scenarios. Successful examples, tips, tools, what to avoid, and alternatives for messaging will be covered.

Cost: Free with conference registration

RSVP via


Access flyer HERE.



Environmental Education Workshop for K-8 Educators

Wednesday, July 19th || 9am to 11:30am

McCoy Pavilion Meeting Room, Ala Moana Beach Park

1201 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu HI 96814

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award- winning environmental education program, designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12. PLT uses trees and forests as windows on the world to increase students’ understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve it. PLT’s instructional materials can be used with students in formal school settings and with youth in non-formal settings. Visit to learn more.

In this hands-on interactive workshop, participants will:

  • Experience PLT lessons
  • Discover how PLT lessons can be incorporated in their classroom or program to best fit teaching goals and learners needs
  • Network with other educators
  • Make connections between PLT lessons, state standards and STEM

The workshop has a $10 fee*, which includes the PLT PreK-8 Environmental Education Guide with 96 activities and lunch!

*Thanks to our sponsor DLNR – Division of Forestry and Wildlife and a grant from the PLT National Office in collaboration with the North American Environmental Education Association we are able to offer this reduced price.

Register HERE now! For more information, contact Makana Kahāʻulelio, Project Learning Tree State Coordinator at or call (808) 255-5149.


Integrated Intertidal Monitoring

Friday, July 21st || 8am to 1pm

Location: Sandy’s Beach Park

Hawaiʻi’s intertidal ecosystems are faced with many threats from climate change and human use and impacts. To develop effective resource management strategies, we need to build a holistic knowledge base of our intertidal communities including invertebrates such as ʻopihi and hāʻukeʻuke, and limu (algae) and how these communities change over time. This effort stems from the collaborative ʻOpihi Monitoring Partnership and has grown into on-going community-based monitoring throughout Hawai’i. This training will introduce methods for examining intertidal communities and seasonal spawning. Particular emphasis will be given to the incorporation of traditional knowledge systems as a foundation for this work. We welcome participants who are interested in learning about and applying these tools, especially community groups. Methods we will cover are Huli ʻia, comprehensive intertidal transects, rapid ʻopihi counts, and gonad dissections of hāʻukeʻuke. Participants will need to sign a volunteer waiver and be prepared for working on the shoreline in the wave impact zone. 

RSVP with

What to bring: felt-bottom tabis, protective sun gear (rashguards, hats, etc.), and water are required.

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