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24th Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference (HCC)

July 18-20, 2017

Hawaiʻi Convention Center

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference allows a diverse group of scientists, policymakers, conservation practitioners, educators, students and community members from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific to converge and discuss conservation. It’s a time to connect, share and inspire, all with the common goal of caring for our natural resources.

He Waʻa, He Moku – Mālama Honua: Caring for Our Island Earth

“He waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa”, translates simply as “the canoe is an island, and the island is a canoe." This year's theme highlights the need to treat the biocultural resources of our island home, and island earth, as carefully as we would the limited water and food carried on a waʻa. In Hawaiʻi, like on a voyaging canoe, we must work together to ensure the sustainability of our communities, our islands, our archipelago, and our planet. Effective stewardship will require cultural knowledge as well as the best available science and technology, traditional and innovative management tools, and collaboration between all sectors.

The concept of Mālama Honua, caring for our earth, is being carried across the globe by the Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, sailing waʻa of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.  At home, we honor their work by striving to leave a legacy of sustainability and reversed decline of natural resources.  In 2016, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress was held in Honolulu, putting our islands on the global stage and compelling us to think of our impact around the world. As the waʻa return home in 2017,  we reflect on our global ties, our legacy for the future, and the work we must do to keep on course. 

Conference highlights will include presentations from impactful speakers, opportunities to learn about different technologies, methods, and approaches to conservation, field activities, and new and strengthened partnerships among Hawaii’s conservation community.

Tuesday, July 18th - Opening Keynote

Nainoa Thompson

President, Polynesian Voyaging Society

Nainoa Thompson is the President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and an Ocean Elder. Thompson is the first person in 600 years to practice Polynesian wayfinding: long-distance open-ocean voyaging on a traditional double-hulled canoe without the aid of modern instruments. Through his voyaging, he has opened a global, multi-generational dialogue on the importance of sustaining ocean resources and maritime heritage. Nainoa has dedicated his life to exploring the ocean, maintaining the health of the planet and ensuring that the ancient marine heritage and culture of Polynesia remain vibrant into the future.

Wednesday, July 19th - Opening Keynote

Ruud Kleinpaste

Born in Indonesia, then raised and educated in the Netherlands, Ruud Kleinpaste migrated to New Zealand in 1978 with an MSc (Hons) in silvicuture, animal ecology and conservation from Wageningen University. Entomology was always an important hobby that later became part of his main work activities and ultimately, his media persona: the Bugman. Ruud studied kiwi (New Zealand’s iconic bird) in Waitangi forest (in the far north of the country) and worked as scientist (entomology) with the Ministry of Agriculture (now Ministry for Primary Industries) for 14 years, before tackling the world of media, communication and consultancy on his own.

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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

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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 Alu 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 

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In celebration of the United Nations International Year of Small Island Developing States, 2014 marks the 22nd Annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) “Navigating Change in the Pacific Islands” allowing us the opportunity to bolster island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands.

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Tuesday, July 15 - Opening Plenary Session

The Honorable Dr. Jane Lubchenco

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

 

Dr. Lubchenco is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being.  READ MORE

Wednesday, July 16 - Opening Plenary Session

Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio

Professor, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

 

Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio is a full professor and has a PhD in History from the University of Hawaiʻi. READ MORE

Thursday, July 17th - Plenary Panel

Navigating Change: A Dialogue with Island Leaders on Climate Change


The distinguished panelists all have demonstrated leadership in local, national, and international settings. Looking back over the past several years and forward to the 2015 global negotiation on climate change, this session will highlight watershed moments and current strategies to spearhead an island response to global climate change. READ MORE

Distinguished Service Award

Pauline Sato

Executive Director, Mālama Learning Center

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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

Hui Kū Maoli Ola

Native Hawaiian Plant Nursery

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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 Award

Dr. Arthur Medeiros

Research Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey

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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.

Best Student Oral Presentation Award 

Jonatha Giddens

Experimental Removal of the Introduced Grouper, Roi (Cephalopholis argus) in Puakō, Hawai‘i: Methods for Assessing and Managing Marine Invasive Species

Runner-Up Student Oral Presentation Award

Eva Schemmel

Integrating Local Monitoring and Ecological Knowledge with a Novel Scientific Tool to Refine Traditional Community-Based Fishing Moon Calendars

Best Student Poster Award

Alex Wang

The Presence of an Ecological Trap in the Juvenile Dispersal of the ʻĀkohekohe (Palmeria dolei), a Population-Limiting Life Stage?

Runner-Up Student Poster Award

Miles Thomas & Patrick Mizumoto 

Establishment of a Vegetation Monitoring Project in Wailupe Valley Forest Exclosure

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Connecting People, Places and Planet

2013 Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference

Join us for the 21st Annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference.

Live Today, Sustain Tomorrow: Connecting People, Places and Planet.

July 16-18, 2013. Hawai‘i Convention Center, Honolulu, HI

Session & Abstract Proposal Deadline: January 21, 2013
Revisions Deadline: March 15, 2013

Tuesday, July 16 - Opening Plenary Session

Doug McKenzie-Mohr, Ph.D.

Environmental psychologist and Founder of Community-based Social Marketing

For over two decades Dr. McKenzie-Mohr has been working to incorporate scientific knowledge on behavior change into the design and delivery of community programs. He is the founder of community-based social marketing and the author of three books on the topic. One of these books, “Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing,” has been recommended by Time Magazine and become requisite reading for those who deliver programs to promote sustainable behavior... READ MORE

Wednesday, July 17 - Opening Plenary Session

I Hawai‘i no nā Hawai‘i i ka ‘āina: We Are Who We Are Because of Where We Are

Neil J. Kaho ‘Okele Hannahs

Director of Strategic Integration, Land Assets Division, Kamehameha Schools

Neil Hannahs directs the Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools which is responsible for a portfolio of 358,000 acres of agriculture and conservation lands in Hawai‘i... READ MORE


Hawai‘i’s International Role in Building a Sustainable Future

Hawai‘i is uniquely positioned to highlight and address the many challenges facing islands around the world. Our isolation and vulnerability are catalyzing innovative action to manage our lands, waters, energy and food resources more sustainably. A panel of Hawai‘i leaders will highlight Hawaii’s international leadership and lessons in their fields and explore the conservation community’s role in advancing sustainability.

  • Hawai‘i Clean Energy – Mina Morita, Public Utilities Commission
  • Hawai'i Food Self Sufficiency – Kamuela Enos, MA‘O Organic Farms
  • Nature + Aloha – Chipper Wichman, National Tropical Botanic Garden
  • Invasive Species Management – Christy Martin, Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species
  • Big Ocean – Nai‘a Lewis, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
  • World-wide Voyage – Mawae Morton, Polynesian Voyaging Society
  • Hawaiʻi Green Growth  – Audrey Newman, Hawai‘i Green Growth(facilitator)

Thursday, July 18 - Luncheon Talk Story

Kapua Kawelo, Joby Rohrer and Hi‘ilei Kawelo

Moderated by Ulalia Woodside, REGIONAL ASSETS MANAGER for NATURAL & CULTURAL RESOURCES, Kamehameha Schools LAND ASSETS DIVISION

Kapua Kawelo, her husband Joby Rohrer and sister Hi’ilei Kawelo have a passion for caring for Hawai‘i’s natural communities from mauka to makai. They carry on the passion and commitment to “mālama i ka ‘āina” instilled in them by their parents and ‘ohana... READ MORE

Distinguished Service Award

 

Jack Jeffrey

Wildlife Photographer

 

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

 

Dr. Samuel M. Ohukaniʻōhiʻa Gon III

The Nature Conservancy

 

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

 

Kamehameha Schools

Land Assets Division

 

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 Award

 

Chipper Wichman (right)

National Tropical Botanical Garden

 

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.

From left: Jason Ellinwood, Jennifer Fung, Patra Foulk, Joshua Pang-Ching

 

Student Awards

 

Best Oral Presentation

Jennifer Fung

Cleaning Up with Kalo: How Restoring He’eia Wetlands through    Native Hawaiian Taro Farming Affects Water Quality

 

Runner-Up Oral Presentation

Joshua Pang-Ching

Documenting Acoustic Variability Among Hawaii ‘Amakihi Populations Windward Hawaii Islands

 

Best Poster

Patra Foulk

Life History Characteristics of Exotic Fish Species in a managed    Wetland in Hanalei NWR, Kaua’i

 

Runner-Up Poster

Jason Ellinwood

Kahua A’o: A learning Foundation: Using Hawaiian Language Newspaper Articles for Place and Culture-based Geoscience Teacher Education and Curriculum Development

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What Difference does 20 Years Make?

2012 Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference

What Difference does 20 Years Make? Reflections on Change, Innovation, and the Work that Remains

July 31-August 2, 2012
Hawai‘i Convention Center, Honolulu

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) and 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit. The 20th annual conference is an opportunity to reflect on the past two decades of island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands. Activities will include a presentation of a “20th Anniversary HCC Video” reflecting on the successes and memories of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance (formerly the Secretariat for Conservation Biology); daily thought provoking keynote speakers; a special banner to memorialize our collective genealogy; public art event; training opportunities; and more. Join us in celebrating HCC’s 20th anniversary!

Tuesday, July 31 - Opening Plenary Session Tundi Agardy, PhD

Tundi Agardy, PhD

Executive Director, Sound Seas

Tundi Agardy is an internationally renowned expert in biodiversity conservation, with extensive field and policy experience in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, North America and the Pacific. She currently heads Sound Seas, an independent policy group based in the Washington, DC area, specializing in biodiversity conservation, coastal planning and assessment, marine protected areas, and fisheries management... READ FULL BIO

Tuesday, July 31 - Opening Plenary Session

Bill Raynor

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

Bill is a professionally trained agroforester who has lived and worked in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, for 25 years.  Since joining the Conservancy in 1992, Bill has earned the reputation as a leader in innovative, community-based conservation and one of the best practitioners in the field.  He is a recognized expert on Pohnpei's upland forest and has an in-depth knowledge of the environmental, political, cultural, and economic context of the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.  Bill is fluent in Pohnpeian and the "high language" reserved for high chiefs.  As the former Director of the Conservancy's Micronesia Program, Bill focused on helping to develop national biodiversity conservation strategies with Micronesian political entities, including the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and Guam.  He now serves as the Director of Conservation Programs for the entire Asia-Pacific Region.

Wednesday, August 1 -  Plenary Session

Alan Holt

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Global Conservation

Alan Holt is the Environment Program director for the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, a Minnesota-based funder engaging in conservation and other international and domestic issues.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Alan enjoyed a long career with The Nature Conservancy, helping to establish the organization’s Hawai‘i program from 1982 to 1998 and then working in the western U.S., Canada and internationally for several years.  Alan helped launch what would become the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance and its annual conference, and was among those who organized several of the invasive species and watershed partnerships that have grown across the islands today.

Thursday, August 2 - Awards Luncheon Speaker

Sheila Conant

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

Sheila Conant’s career in ecology and conservation in Hawai‘i has spanned over 40 years. Her research focus is on Hawaiian birds and her list of publications on their ecology, evolution, conservation and management is astounding. In addition, her tireless community service, public lectures, assistance in creating GK-12 curriculum and other educational materials, as well as her dedicated work with her graduate students, has influenced many aspects of conservation throughout the state. Sheila has also played a major hand in landing sizable grants and contracts to further numerous conservation efforts here. Her list of awards and accomplishments is impressive and extensive, as is her list of inspired and successful students. Sheila served as the Chair of the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Graduate Specialization at the University of Hawai‘i from 1999-2001, and as Chair of the Department of Zoology.

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The logo illustrates abstractly the ahupua‘a structure to frame different native species of plants and animals, Hawaiian introduced agricultural plants, and modern and traditional technologies and shows how they are all connected and impact each other from mountain to sea. The ahupua‘a system of land management demonstrates traditional technologies that preserved native species and controlled overuse of resources. Species included: i'iwi, pueo, nanu, o'hia, moi, humuhumunukunukuapua'a.
 
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The Year of the Forest

2011 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference

The annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) is the largest gathering of people actively involved in the protection and management of Hawai‘i’s natural environment. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate information transfer and interaction between natural resource managers and the scientific community.

19th Annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference

Island Ecosystems: The Year of the Forest

August 2-4, 2011 • Hawai‘i Convention Center • Honolulu, HI

The 2011 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference theme was aligned with the United Nation’s International Year of Forests, which focused on raising awareness at all levels to strengthen the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations. The conference theme acknowledged the mauka to makai connection in Hawai‘i, giving conference attendees the opportunity to participate in scientific and technical symposia, forums, workshops and panel and poster sessions related to Hawai‘i’s forests and oceans. Session topics explored management, research, cultural, and educational work on forest ecosystems in Hawai‘i and the Pacific. 

Message from Senator Inouye

Read United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye's letter to the 2011 Hawai'i Conservation Conference!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

William N. Kostka

Executive Director
Micronesia Conservation Trust

William Kostka was born and raised on the island of Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia. He is the Executive Director of the Micronesia Conservation Trust, a charitable and irrevocable corporation organized to support biodiversity conservation and related sustainable development for the people of Micronesia by providing long term sustained funding. Read Bio »

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

W.S. Merwin

Poet Laureate

William Stanley Merwin is an American poet, credited with over 30 books of poetry, translation and prose. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin's unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 1980s and 1990s, Merwin's writing influence derived from his interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology. Residing in Hawaii, he writes prolifically and is dedicated to the restoration of the islands' rainforests. Read Bio »

Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Awards

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance strives to recognize achievements in the Hawaiian conservation community at all levels, from high school students to seasoned professionals. Each year the HCA presents a variety of awards, the recipients of which are honored at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference.

Distinguished Service Award

Given to a person who has excelled by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, thereby making distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position. This individual has reached the highest esteem within the conservation community and embodies the spirit of hope, the dedication of purpose, and the tenacity of firm belief that our native ecosystems are a valued component of our heritage and our gift to Hawai‘i’s children.

Robert Masuda, University of Hawai'i

Jim Maragos, Retired Coral Reef Biologist, Pacific Reefs National Wildlife Refuge Complex, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Outstanding Leadership Award

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). Marjorie Ziegler

Marjorie Ziegler, Executive Director, Conservation Council for Hawai'i

Conservation Innovation Award

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.

John Leong, Gerry Kahookano, Pono Pacific Land Management, LLC

Student Awards

Each year at the conference, the HCA awards prizes to the top student oral and poster presenters. Monetary awards were sponsored by the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance and The Wildlife Society-Hawai'i Chapter.

Best Student Oral Presentation:

Mark Chynoweth, “Movement Patterns and Habitat Utilization of Nonnative Feral Goats in Hawaiian Dryland Montane Landscapes”

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Runner-up:

Devon Francke, “Juvenile Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Diving Behavior in Relation to Habitat Heterogeneity and Water Temperature in Kawainui, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i”

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Best Student Poster Presentation:

Katie Kamelamela, “Imo o Nui Mai Mauka i Makai: Contemporary Native Hawaiian Gathering Practices in Culturally Vibrant Communities”

Runner Up:

Cynthia Nazario-Leary, “Understory Forest Cultivation of Three Native Plants under Different Light Conditions”

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Applying Traditional and Western Knowledge Systems

2010 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference

August 4-6, 2010 • Hawai‘i Convention Center • Honolulu, HI

The 18th annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference attracted over 1,100 people with its various lectures, symposia, and other presentations focusing on the theme Pacific Ecosystem Management and Restoration: Applying Traditional and Western Knowledge Systems.

Wednesday, August 4

Aroha Te Pareake Mead

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Opening Session Keynote Speaker
Aroha Te Pareake Mead is from Ngati Awa and Ngati Porou. She was elected Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) in November 2008 for a four year term. Read Bio »

Thursday, August 5, 6:30 PM

Jack Jeffrey

Photographer and Wildlife Biologist

HCA Free Public Lecture
Feathered Treasures: Hawai‘i’s Forest Birds – Past, Present and Future
Big Island photographer and wildlife biologist Jack Jeffrey, is intimately familiar with Hawai‘i’s hidden valleys, remote rainforests, and rare birds. Read Bio »

Friday, August 6, 12:20-2:30 PM

The Honorable Togiola T.A. Tulafono

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

March 26, 2003 - present
Luncheon Keynote
Togiola T.A. Tulafono was born on February 28, 1947 on Aunu’u Island, American Samoa and graduated from the High School of American Samoa-Samoana in 1966. Read Bio »

Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Awards

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance strives to recognize achievements in the Hawaiian conservation community at all levels, from high school students to seasoned professionals. Each year the HCA presents a variety of awards, the recipients of which are honored at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference.

Distinguished Service Award

Given to a person who has excelled by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, thereby making distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position. This individual has reached the highest esteem within the conservation community and embodies the spirit of hope, the dedication of purpose, and the tenacity of firm belief that our native ecosystems are a valued component of our heritage and our gift to Hawai‘i’s children.

Chuck Burrows, ‘Ahahui Mālama I Ka Lōkahi

Outstanding Leadership Award

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).

Mark Fox, The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i

Conservation Innovation Award

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.

Hawai‘i Association of Watershed Partnerships (HAWP)

Student Awards

Each year at the conference, the HCA awards prizes to the top student oral and poster presenters. Monetary awards were sponsored by the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance and The Wildlife Society-Hawai'i Chapter.

Best Student Oral Presentation:
Katelin Shugart-Schmidt, Reef Watch Waikiki
Assessing the Effectiveness of the Marine Life Conservation District at Waikiki

Runner-up:
Bryce Masuda, University of Otaga, Department of Zoology, New Zealand
Predictors of Translocation Success to a Mainland Reserve: New Zealand South Island Saddlebacks Reintroduced to Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Best Student Poster Presentation:
Noelani Puniwai, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Mapping Nearshore Currents of the Big Island through Personal Interviews

Runner Up:
Darcey Iwashita, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Temperature Impacts on Native Wet Forest Structure and Biodiversity in Hawai‘i

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  • Recycles paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum
  • Provides biodegradable and compostable disposable ware

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Hawai‘i in a Changing Climate.

2009 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

July 28-30, 2009 • Hawai‘i Convention Center • Honolulu, HI

The 17th annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference attracted over 1,100 people with its various lectures, symposia, and other presentations focusing on the theme “Hawai‘i in a Changing Climate.” Now you can view over 84 of these presentations on the web, covering a range of conservation issues from climate change to invasive species to environmental education efforts throughout the Hawaiian archipelago.

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

Dr. Schneider is the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of Biology, Professor (by courtesy) of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Dr. Schneider received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Plasma Physics from Columbia University in 1971. Read Bio »

Pualani Kanaka'ole Kanahele

An internationally renowned cultural practitioner, scholar, teacher, and community leader

Lonoikamakahiki-The Cycles of Winter

Of pure Hawaiian descent, Dr. Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele is a renowned kumu hula in the Ahiena matrilineal line of hula masters and a pioneer in the resurgence of Hawaiian practices and pedagogy. Ancestral responsibility and keen awareness of the natural environment ground her scholarly work on traditional knowledge systems and her roles as kumu hula of Hālau o Kekuhi, director of Hawaiian Traditional Knowledge Research at Hawai‘i Community College and president of the Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation. Read Bio »

Jerry M. Mitchell

Chief of Biological Resource Management for the National Park Service 

Jerry began his tenure with the Biological Resource Management Division in October 2006, and leads an office of biologists that provide scientific and technical assistance and policy guidance needed to address the range of biological issues facing the National Park Service. Read Bio »

Paul Jokiel

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

Future Climate Change and the Hawaiian Marine Environment: Causes, Consequences, and Mitigation

Paul Jokiel has been working as a full time researcher on coral reefs at HIMB since 1969. His first research area at the University of Hawai‘i was on the impact of temperature on reef corals. He has been part of the ongoing concern over global climate change from the beginning and thus has a unique historical perspective. His published papers predicted and reported on the first bleaching events in Hawai‘i resulting from global warming. Read Bio »

Kaiwi Nui

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

HCA Presentation on Climate Change, A Cultural Perspective

Kaiwi Nui is the Coordinator for the Halawa Luluku Interpretive Development Project, a cultural mitigation team under the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. He is an active member in the Native Hawaiian community and serves as a Commissioner on the State Legacy Lands Conservation Commission. Read Bio »

Ben Namakin

Pacific Islands Climate Revolution

Youth Advocating on Climate Change

Ben Namakin is co-founder of the Pacific Islands Climate Revolution (PICRe), an organizations dedicated to recognizing youth as being under-represented in climate change dialogues, negotiations, and decision-making. He was born in 1980 and grew up on islands in the Pacific, living first in Kiribati and then moving in 1996 with his family to Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. Read Bio »

Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Awards

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance strives to recognize achievements in the Hawaiian conservation community at all levels, from high school students to seasoned professionals. Each year the HCA presents a variety of awards, the recipients of which are honored at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference.

Distinguished Service Award

Given to a person who has excelled by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, thereby making distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position. This individual has reached the highest esteem within the conservation community and embodies the spirit of hope, the dedication of purpose, and the tenacity of firm belief that our native ecosystems are a valued component of our heritage and our gift to Hawai‘i’s children.

Charles P. “Chuck” Stone , Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Outstanding Leadership Award

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).

Lea Hong, Trust for Public Land

Student Awards

Each year at the conference, the HCA awards prizes to the top student oral and poster presenters. Monetary awards were sponsored by the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance and The Wildlife Society-Hawai'i Chapter.

Best Student Oral Presentation:
Sheldon Plentovich, University of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, HI
Effects of Eradication and Control of Two Species of Invasive Ants on Offshore Islets in the Hawaiian Archipelago

Runner-up:
Heather Spalding, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
Deepwater Halimeda Meadows in Hawai‘i: The ‘Ōhi‘a of the Ocean

Best Student Poster Presentation:
Lisa Ellsworth, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
Fuel Loading and Fire Parameters in Nonnative Grasslands on Military and Surrounding Lands on Oah‘u, Hawai‘i

Runner Up:
Cheyenne Perry, University of Hawai‘i, Hilo
Effects of Light Availability on Biomass and Reproductive Organ Production of the Invasive Rangeland Shrub Ulex europaeus L. on Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i

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The Hawai'i Convention Center:

  • Donates surplus food to Harbor House
  • Recycles food waste with Ecofeed
  • Recycles paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum
  • Provides biodegradable and compostable disposable ware

Read more about the Hawai‘i Convention Center’s “Green Efforts

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Island Ecosystems: The Year of the Reef

2008 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

July 29-31, 2008 • Hawai‘i Convention Center • Honolulu, HI

The 16th Annual Hawai'i Conservation Conference was held July 29-31, 2008 at the Hawai'i Convention Center in Honolulu. There were over 900 registered participants, 52 volunteers and 42 exhibitors. The theme, Island Ecosystems: The Year of the Reef, ran throughout the conference, particularly in the keynote and plenary presentations by Dr. Sylvia Earle and Dr. Elliott Norse and the public lecture by Dr. Earle and Nainoa Thompson.

Sylvia Earle

Founder/Science Advisor Deep Ocean Exploration and Research

Sylvia Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and the first "Hero for the Planet," is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist. Read Bio »

Elliott Norse

President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute

Dr. Norse has worked at the conservation science‐policy interface for his entire career. After earning his B.S. in Biology from Brooklyn College, he studied the ecology of blue crabs in the Caribbean for his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Iowa. Read Bio »

Peter Vitousek

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

Peter Vitousek was born in Honolulu, and graduated from HPA in 1967. He got his PhD from Dartmouth in 1975, and taught at Indiana University and the University of North Carolina before joining the faculty of Stanford University in 1984. Read Bio »

Bryan Harry

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

From his earliest years, armed with sling shot and bb‐gun, Bryan Harry tagged along with his dad hunting and fishing. This led to his interest in studying wildlife. He received a B.S. at Michigan and an M.S. at Colorado State, both in wildlife management. Read Bio »

Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Awards

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance strives to recognize achievements in the Hawaiian conservation community at all levels, from high school students to seasoned professionals. Each year the HCA presents a variety of awards, the recipients of which are honored at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference.

Conservation Innovation Award

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.

Land Acquisition Community

Student Awards

Each year at the conference, the HCA awards prizes to the top student oral and poster presenters. Monetary awards were sponsored by the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance and The Wildlife Society-Hawai'i Chapter.

Best Student Oral Presentation:
Lindsay Young, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
From Molecules to Management: Conservation Genetics For The Non Geneticist Using Laysan Albatross as a Model

Runner-up:
Jeff Eble, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, Kaneohe, HI
Endemism and Dispersal: Comparative Phylogeography of Three Surgeonfishes Across the Hawaiian Archipelago

Best Student Poster Presentation:
Mali'o Kodis, Nathan Olson, Waiakea High School, Hilo, HI
An Analysis of the Prokaryotic Community Associated with the Mucus of Montipora patula

Runner Up:
Orville Baldos, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
The Response of Fimbristylis cymosa R. Br. to Three Methods of Hydroplanting

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Did you know?

The Hawai'i Convention Center:

  • Donates surplus food to Harbor House
  • Recycles food waste with Ecofeed
  • Recycles paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum
  • Provides biodegradable and compostable disposable ware

Read more about the Hawai‘i Convention Center’s “Green Efforts

PLANT A FOREST
Find out how you can offset your carbon footprint at hico2.org.

2007 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

July 25-27, 2007 • Hawai‘i Convention Center • Honolulu, HI

The 15th Annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference was held July 25-27 at the Hawaii Convention Center. This international conference is the largest annual gathering of people actively involved in the protection and management of Hawaii’s natural environment. It attracted an attendance of over 930 registered participants. This anniversary year focused on “Conservation Strategies: Matching Science and Management.”

Michael Soulé

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

Is Island Conservation Fundamentally Different from Continental Conservation?
Michael Soulé is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. He was born, raised, and educated in California. After spending much of his youth in the canyons, deserts,and intertidal of San Diego and Baja California, and after graduating from San Diego State, he went to Stanford to study population biology and evolution under Paul Ehrlich. Read Bio »

J. Michael Scott

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

Hawai‘i: A Window to the Future of Conservation Biology?
Dr. J. Michael Scott is a senior scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, a professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at the University of Idaho, and a leader with the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Over his career, he has acted as Director for the National Gap Analysis Program, Director for the Condor Research Center in California, as a Research Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and as a Research Biologist for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.Read Bio »

David Helvarg

President, Blue Frontier Campaign

Saving the Ocean
David Helvarg is President of the Blue Frontier Campaign and the author of three books, Blue Frontier-Dispatches from America’s Ocean Wilderness, The War Against the Greens, and 50 Ways to Save the Ocean. He is editor of the Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide, organizer of several “Blue Vision” conferences for ocean activists, and winner of Coastal Living Magazine’s 2005 Leadership Award.Read Bio »

Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Awards

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance strives to recognize achievements in the Hawaiian conservation community at all levels, from high school students to seasoned professionals. Each year the HCA presents a variety of awards, the recipients of which are honored at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference.

Distinguished Service Award

Given to a person who has excelled by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, thereby making distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position. This individual has reached the highest esteem within the conservation community and embodies the spirit of hope, the dedication of purpose, and the tenacity of firm belief that our native ecosystems are a valued component of our heritage and our gift to Hawai‘i’s children.

Isabella Aiona Abbott, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Outstanding Leadership Award

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).

Peter Young, Division of Land and Natural Resources
 

Conservation Innovation Award

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.

Conservation Partnerships Program

Student Awards

Each year at the conference, the HCA awards prizes to the top student oral and poster presenters. Monetary awards were sponsored by the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance and The Wildlife Society-Hawai'i Chapter.

Best Student Oral Presentation:
Luc Leblanc
Assessment of Non-Target Insect Attraction to Fruit Fly (Tephritidae) Male Lures on Hawai‘i and Maui Islands

Runner-up:
William Haines
Rethinking Extinctions: Conservation Status of Hawaiian Leafroller Moths in the Genus Omiodes (Crambidae)

Best Student Poster Presentation:
Meris Bantilan-Smith
A Quantitative Investigation and Inventory of the Soils and Vegetation of Coastal Lowland Hawaiian Wetlands

Runner Up:
Frances Kinslow
Fungal Colonization of Leaf Litter from Native and Invasive Riparian Trees in Forested and Developed River Reaches on the Island of Hawai‘i

Mahalo to our Sponsors

Buddhawelt, DLNR DAR Coral Reef Outreach Network, Hawai'i Audubon Society, HCAF, Malama Hawai'i, National Park Service, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Program, Patagonia, USFWS National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Wildlife Society Hawai'i Chapter

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2006 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

July 26-28, 2006 • Hawai‘i Convention Center • Honolulu, HI

More than 800 people participated in the 2006 conference, featuring over 90 oral presentations and 65 poster presentations on a wide range of conservation issues centered on the 2006 theme of Sustainability: Mauka to Makai. The opening session featured an address by Governor Linda Lingle and a keynote speech by world renowned marine ecologist, Dr. Thomas Goreau, President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance. Plenary speakers included Kameran Onley, Assistant Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior; and Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Environmental Studies Program, Evergreen State College. The conference also featured two free public events:

  1. Restoring Songs of the Forest, three author discussions hosted by the Pacific Writers Connection on Wednesday evening; and
  2. Global Warming and the Future of Coral Reefs, a presentation by Dr. Goreau on Thursday evening.

Speakers

Dr. Thomas Goreau, President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance, a non-profit organization for coral reef protection and sustainable management

Kameran Onley, Assistant Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior

Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Environmental Studies Program, Evergreen State College

Free Public Events

Pacific Writers Connection: Restoring Songs of the Forest
Moderator: Takiora Ingram, Pacific Writers Connection
Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 PM–9:30 PM

Global Warming and the Future of Coral Reefs
Dr. Thomas Goreau, President, Global Coral Reef Alliance
Thursday, July 27, 7:30 PM–9:00 PM

Student Awards

Best Student Oral Presentation

Effects of Repeated Fires on Native Plant Community Succession at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Alison Ainsworth

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of a Group of Small Endemic Moths: Hawaiian Cydia 
Peter Oboyski, Runner-up

Best Student Poster

Palila (Loxioides bailleui): A Comparative Ecological Foraging Efficiency Study

Roland Frayne

The Endangered Kaua'i Cave Amphipod Returns to Restored Habitat

Wendy McDowell, Runner-up

HCA Awards

Distinguished Service Award

Dieter Mueller-Dombois
University of Hawai'i at Manoa 

Conservation Innovation Award

For their leadership in developing and passing the Legacy Lands Act during the 2005 legislative session, the 2006 HCA Conservation Innovation Award was presented on July 28, 2006 to Representative Brian Schatz, House Speaker Calvin Say, Senator Gary Hooser, Representative Ezra Kanoho, and Senator Russell Kokubun.

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2005 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

Hawaii's Restoration Efforts

July 28-29, 2005 • Honolulu, HI

The focus in 2005 was on Restoration techniques and experiences. Individual oral presentations, posters, symposiums and discussions were featured throughout both days. Dr. Joy B. Zedler, Professor of Botany and Aldo Leopold Chair in Restoration Ecology at the University of Wisconsin offered the keynote, Restoration Challenges in Coastal and Inland Wetlands: Adaptive Approaches. Symposiums in Offshore Islet Restoration in the U.S. Pacific, Models & Maps for Management and Restoration, and Lowland Wet Forest Restoration are just a few titles that were featured in this conference. The conference concluded with the Public Event, featuring The North West Hawaiian Islands: A Visual Journey, presented by celebrated nature photographer, Susan Middleton.

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2004 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

Hawaii's Invasive Species Challenges

July 29-30, 2004 - Honolulu, HI

Highlights from the 2004 conference include: a keynote address by Tim Low, Invasion in Hawaii: A Perspective from Australia; a session on a draft protocol for the evaluation of exotic plants in Hawaii; a symposium on communication and outreach featuring speakers from television, theater and the visual arts working on conservation-related projects; a symposium on techniques for invasive mammal control; and a workshop on early detection and rapid response for invasive species. The conference concluded with a public presentation by Tim Low: Alien Species, Trade and War.

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2003 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

Year of the Hawaiian Forest

July 10-11, 2003 - Honolulu, HI

Oral and poster presentations at the 2003 Hawaii Conservation Conference highlighted the theme, "Year of the Hawaiian Forest". Along with forest restoration topics there were presentations that enhanced understanding and progress towards native species recovery, alien species control, birds and their environment, as well as community ecology. Model land manager and researcher cooperative activities in developing applied management information and techniques were presented. This improved knowledge will provide us with the necessary tools for preventing the future endangerment of additional species and ecosystems.

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2002 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

Evironmental Change and Human Activity

July 18-19, 2002 - Honolulu, HI

Oral and poster presentations at the 2002 Hawaii Conservation Conference highlighted the enhanced understanding and progress towards ecosystem restoration, native species recovery, alien species control, ecological economics and successful public awareness campaigns. This improved knowledge will provide us with the necessary tools for preventing the future endangerment of additional species and ecosystems.

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2000 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

July 18-19, 2000 • Honolulu, HI

The 2000 conference featured a keynote address by Harold A. Mooney of Stanford University Department of Biological Sciences: The Global Invasive Species Program and its Implication for Hawaii. Presentations focused on 1) Invasive Species Impacts and Control (feral ungulates, herps, and invertebrates); 2) The Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge; and 3) Natural Area Management.

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1999 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

July 27-28, 1999 - Honolulu, HI

The keynote speaker, Senator Bob Nakata, Chair of the Committee on Labor and Environment, provided insight and useful advice on how to work more effectively and successfully at the State Legislature. Members of the Secretariat for Conservation Biology Advisory Group provided an overview of their collective effort to develop a shared conservation strategy, based on lessons learned from the past decade. Plenary sessions and poster presentations focused on increased scientific understanding and management techniques.

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1998 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

July 30-31, 1998 • Honolulu, HI

Presentations at the 1998 conference highlighted the enhanced understanding and progress towards ecosystem restoration, native species recovery, alien species control, ecological economics and successful public awareness campaigns. Concurrent panels discussed four distinct conservation issues: community participation and volunteerism in resource management; dry forest recovery efforts; conservation benefits of certifying sustainable forestry; and a strategic approach to native invertebrate conservation. The keynote address, Coming Face-to-Face With Sustainability, was given by Hal Salwasser of the USDA Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

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1997 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

July 24-25, 1997 - Maui, HI

James Kent gave the keynote address on Working With Communities: Approaches, Skills and Tools for Natural Resource Managers. The 1997 conference offered a showcase of conservation efforts on the island of Maui, illustrating various partnerships working towards a common vision. Four concurrent panels were offered on the following topics: protection and restoration of lowland wetlands; the Kaho‘olawe restoration plan; rare plant reintroduction; and strategic goals of environmental activists.

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1996 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

July 18-19, 1996 - Honolulu, HI

The 1996 conference featured a panel on private sector efforts in conservation which stimulated discussion on how to encourage and improve public/private partnerships in conservation activities. Four concurrent panels were offered on the following issues: conservation and restoration of Hawaiian streams; alien plant control methods; value of exclosures as a conservation tool; and revenue enhancement strategies for conservation. The keynote speaker on July 18 was David R. Towns from the Department of Conservation, New Zealand, who spoke about restoration in the Mercury Islands of New Zealand. On July 19, Michael Wilson of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources delivered the keynote address on embracing sustainability as a concept for natural resource management.

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1995 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

July 27-28, 1995 • Honolulu, HI

Phyllis Windle of the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress provided the 1995 keynote address, The Nationwide Impact of Harmful Alien Species. The 1995 conference featured a panel of speakers on Hawaiian perspectives on the natural environment. A short session on invertebrates was offered in preparation for a future workshop on invertebrate research priorities. Concurrent panel discussions were offered on the following four topics: social and cultural issues in conservation in Hawaii; biological control as a conservation tool; using captive propagation in restoring ecosystems; rat impacts and control.

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1994 Hawai’i Conservation Conference

July 14-15, 1994 • Honolulu, HI

The 1994 keynote address on Pararestoration was given by John J. Ewel, Director of the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, U.S. Forestry Service. The first day of the conference featured a symposium on restoration. Traditional Hawaiian perspectives were incorporated in the conference; the restoration symposium included a “kama‘aina” perspective and a panel featured three Hawaii speakers who discussed the traditional Hawaiian uses of the forests and other parts of the natural environment. Also as part of the conference, a number of organizations were invited to give a brief update on new initiatives.