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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

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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