Hawai'i conservation alliance

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Raising the Bar: Greater Conservation Impact through More Effective Partnerships

Jason Sumiye, Director of Landscape Science, The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, HI
Emily J. Fielding, Maui Marine Program Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, HI
Nina P. Hadley, Partnership Learning Manager, The Nature Conservancy Asia Pacific Region
Wednesday, August 3, 1-3 PM, Room 313BC

“Working with others” is a central tenet of conservation practice today – especially in Hawai‘i where resources are scarce, the resource management community is small, communities are often well-integrated, and collaboration is therefore crucial. This workshop is will benefit anyone who wants to learn how to cultivate greater conservation impact by building more effective partnerships, alliances, working groups, or collaborations.  Read more »

To ensure the highest quality experience for all attendees, this workshop will be limited to the first 40 participants who pre-register for this session at this link.


Effect of Native and Invasive Forest Species on Hydrological Components of Hawaiian Watersheds

Ali Fares, Graduate Program Chair & Associate Professor of Hydrology, Natural Resources & Environmental Management Department., University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Farhat Abbas, Assistant Researcher, Natural Resources & Environmental Management Department, University of Hawai‘i Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Wednesday, August 3, 10 AM - 12 PM, Ballroom A

Alien Invasive Species (AIS) are serious threats to various ecosystems around the world. In Hawai‘i, this problem is severe: out of approximately 9,900 forest species, 1,240 species are naturalized (Wagner et al. 2005). Read more »

Forest Pests: Insects and Disease

Chair: Robert Hauff, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Honolulu, HI
Wednesday, August 3, 10 AM - 12 PM, Room 313A

Forest pests damage Hawai‘i’s forests, both native and non-native, reducing their biological, cultural, and economic values. In the past decade several significant pests have been accidently introduced to Hawai‘i raising public concern.  Read more »

Hawai‘i Coral Reef Strategy Implementation

Chair: Katherine Cullison, DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources, Honolulu, HI
Tuesday, August 2, 1-3 PM, Room 313A

The State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) is the primary agency responsible for coordinating Hawai‘i’s reef management efforts in the main Hawaiian Islands.  Read more »

Implementing Rare Plant Recovery

Margaret Clark, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalaheo, HI
Marie Bruegmann, Plant Recovery Coordinator, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Honolulu, HI
Vickie Caraway, State Botanist, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Honolulu, HI
Tuesday, August 2, 3:20-5:20 PM, Ballroom A 

Hawai‘i Rare Plant Restoration Group (HRPRG) is an informal association of State and Federal government agencies, private landowners, and non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation of the Hawaiian flora.  Read more »

USDA Forest Service Efforts to Provide Long-term Forest Monitoring that Meets Island Conservation Needs: Accomplishments and Future Directions of the Forest Inventory and Monitoring Program (FIA)

Flint Hughes, USDA Forest Service, Hilo, HI
Andrew Gray, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR
Thursday, August 4, 8-10 AM, Ballroom A

In order to conserve and restore forests of the Pacific, we need a common understanding of current forest conditions and recent trends.  Read more »

Species Interactions and Ecosystem Services: How the Loss of Native Species and the Introduction of Exotic Species are Changing Hawai‘i’s Forests

Lisa Crampton, Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, Waimea, HI
Liba Pejchar, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Tuesday, August 2, 1-3 PM, Room 311

Hawai‘i’s unique forest communities showcase a rich network of interactions among diverse species. These interactions include mutualistic relationships between plants and animals (e.g., pollination and seed dispersal) and the dynamic flow of resources between trophic levels (e.g., food webs), which enhance forests’ capacity for self-sustenance and regeneration.  Read more »


Citizen Science Efforts in Hawai‘i: Updates, Overview and Opportunities in Support of Community-based Monitoring of Coastal Marine Resources

Liz Foote, Coral Reef Alliance
Jennifer Barrett, U.H. Sea Grant College Program
Thursday, August 4, Room 313BC
Part 1: 8-10 am; Part 2: 10:20 am - 12:20 pm

Citizen science has become an increasingly popular way for society to contribute to scientific efforts on a local scale. Citizen science empowers people with appropriate training and expertise, regardless of scientific background, to make significant contributions in the stewardship of natural resources.  Read more »

Conservation through Art Initiative: Communicating the Concepts of Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation through Art

Chair: Betsy Gagne, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife

Tuesday, August 2, 1-3 PM, Room 313BC

As conservationists, we understand the need to preserve and protect Hawaii’s unique species and ecosystems.  Yet most of Hawaii’s resident population and visitors are unaware that Hawaii is home to a spectacular array of endemic species but is also the endangered species capital of the world. Read more >>

Conservation Land and Culture: Creating Conservation and Cultural Alliances

Kevin Chang, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Lea Hong, The Trust for Public Land
Wednesday, August 3, 10 AM - 12 PM, Room 313BC

There are a growing number of successful projects and programs in Hawai‘i integrating traditional Hawaiian knowledge and culture with conservation. This panel will continue the dialogue of the previous year’s forums, allowing organizations involved in cultural/natural resource management to discuss the growth of their field and introduce their projects’ experiences, questions, and concerns with the conservation community.  Read more »

Culturally-based Forest Restoration in Hawai‘i—Forest as ‘ohana

Kawika Winter, Limahuli Garden and Preserve, Ha‘ena, Hanalei, HI
Yvonne Carter, North Kona Dryland Forest Working Group, Ka‘upulehu, Kona Akau, HI
Tuesday, August 2, 1-3 PM, Room 312

The foundation for this diverse panel on cultural ecology is the guiding principle of kuleana and the belief, “Take care of the land, and it will take care of you.”  Read more »

Emerging Professionals as Nahululeihiwakuipapa:  Present and Future Conservation Stewards

Aurora K. Kagawa, Stanford University
Lasha-Lynn H. Salbosa, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Wednesday, August 3, 3:20-5:20 PM, Room 313BC
Hawai‘i’s environmental and conservation professionals from government, private, academic, education and community nonprofit sectors describe their current work and experiences that have led them to their present roles.  Read more »

Integrating Knowledge Systems and Methodologies

Pelika Bertelmann, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hilo, HI
Kehau Tom, Friends of Papahānaumokuākea, Hilo, HI
Thursday, August 4, 10:20 AM - 12:20 PM, Room 311

Integrating indigenous and western scientific knowledge systems is becoming more prevalent as we move into an era supporting diversity. Utilizing both knowledge systems creates a firm foundation in truly understanding various ecological systems, which will contribute to the better protection of our natural environment.  Read more »

Ka‘ūpūlehu: Our Kuleana, Our Aloha

Chair: Hannah Springer.  Auntie Hannah is a kama‘āina of Ka‘ūpūlehu, Kona, HI
Tuesday, August 2, 3:20-5:20 PM, Room 311

This session will highlight collaborations between kama‘āina, landowners, developers, educators and resource managers in Ka‘ūpūlehu, North Kona, HI.  Read more »

Landscape Industry Council of Hawai‘i - Native Plant Initiative

Christopher Dacus, Landscape Industry Council of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, HI
Rick Barboza, Hui Kū Maoli Ola, Kāne‘ohe, HI
Wednesday, August 3, 10 AM - 12 PM, Room 313BC

The LICH Native Plant Initiative is an inclusive, transparent, and collaborative nonprofit industry initiative bringing together professionals from the landscape industry, conservation, forestry, agricultural, government, education and science to protect and enhance our native biodiversity.  Read more »

Native Plant Propagation for Conservation of Island Forests

Chair: Diane Haase, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR
Wednesday, August 3. Part I: 1-3 PM; Part II: 3:20-5:20 PM. Room 311.

The purpose of the two-part propagator’s forum is to allow native plant growers to network amongst each other and to receive technical information regarding issues specific to nursery production of plants for reforestation, restoration, and conservation in Hawai‘i. The forum includes presentations and discussion based on feedback from native plant growers regarding their current interests and needs.  Read more »

Teaching and Learning about the Hawaiian Forest: Environmental Education on One of the World’s Greatest Classrooms

Michelle Gorham Jones, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Wednesday, August 3, 3:20-5:20 PM, Room 312

This two-hour session will showcase various environmental education programs and projects in Hawai‘i. Presenters will provide information about successful models, including examples that are culturally-based and integrate agricultural aspects of environmental education, with a special focus on learning experiences that take place in the native forest.  Read more »