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2014 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference Abstracts


2014 HCC Keynotes

The Honorable Dr. Jane Lubchenco

Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio

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Panel: Navigating Change, A Dialogue with Island Leaders on Climate Change


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2014 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference


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.

Highlights include: thought provoking keynote speakers, panels and forums, innovative networking and training opportunities, and more. Join us in celebrating the 22nd annual HCC!


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