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20th Annual Hawai'i Conservation Conference  

  • July 31-August 2, 2012
  • Hawai'i Convention Center Honolulu, HI


2011 HCC
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About the Logo


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.
Lynne Egensteiner, Graphic Designer
Winner of the 2010 Hawai'i Conservation Conference logo contest


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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

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”



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


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”

2011 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference Sponsors

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