Hawai'i conservation alliance

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.