University of Hawai驶i System News Fri, 27 Dec 2019 20:45:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 University of Hawai驶i System News 32 32 University of Hawai驶i System News Fri, 27 Dec 2019 18:38:39 +0000 UH News stories, highlighting the outstanding research, academic achievement and community impact from the University of Hawaiʻi.]]> UH News thumbnails

As a new decade begins, take a look back at some of the closing decade’s most popular UH News stories, highlighting the outstanding research, academic achievement and community impact from the University of Hawaiʻi. Stories like these helped UH News hit 1 million views in a single year in 2019. Looking forward to more amazing stories from and for the UH天天色综合,天天干影视 ʻohana.

Aerial view of San Andreas Fault

New analysis reveals large-scale motion around San Andreas Fault System
A study documented nearly 125 mile-wide “lobes” of uplift and subsidence—a few millimeters of motion each year—straddling the San Andreas fault system in Southern California. Researchers used a GPS array to record vertical and horizontal motion of Earth’s surface and used statistical analysis to discern the broad, regional tectonic motion from the shorter-scale, local motion.


Australian jellyfishJellyfish research: ecosystem benefits and sting treatments
UH researchers found that jellyfish “blooms” and subsequent die offs do not, as previously assumed, create “jelly lakes” on the sea floor, choking those habitats of oxygen, but instead are rapidly consumed by deep-water scavengers. In another study, UH researchers tested common treatments for jellyfish stings and found that many actually worsen the effects of the stings.


man playing guitar

‘What you smoking?’ asks UH Hilo instructor in his hit song ‘Smoke All Day’
Kaʻikena天天色综合,天天干影视 Scanlan knows what people will assume when they hear the title of his reggae style song, “Smoke All Day.” That, he says, is intentional. Scanlan’s catchy reggae vibe about smoked meat went viral after its release on November 28, 2018, receiving airplay on many local radio stations. Part of its popularity, beyond its catchy reggae vibe and Scanlan’s smooth delivery, are the lyrics.


Image of the black hole Powehi Photo courtesy of Event Horizon TelescopeUH Hilo professor names black hole capturing world’s attention
Hawaiian language expert Larry Kimura worked with astronomers to give a Hawaiian name to the first black hole to be fully imaged. Pōwehi, meaning embellished dark source of unending creation, is sourced from the Kumulipo, the chant describing the creation of the Hawaiian universe. Hawaiʻi astronomy played a vital role in producing the world’s very first image of a black hole.


Researcher in space suit in front of HI SEAS domeHawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation
Crew members came from many different countries to simulate a Mars expeditions in the HI-SEAS habitat on Mauna Loa. HI-SEAS researchers looked to develop effective team composition and support strategies to allow crews to successfully travel to Mars and back. The one-year HI-SEAS mission in 2016 gathered an international following with multiple news crews documenting the exit from the habitat. Read more about the HI-SEAS missions and crews.


Maui and Moana from Moana animated filmUH collaborates on Hawaiian language version of Disney’s Moana
Five UH programs collaborated on the ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi version of Disney’s Moana. The project was spearheaded by the Academy for Creative Media System and was recorded at the sound studio of Honolulu Community College’s Music and Entertainment Learning Experience program. The star of the original film, Auliʻi天天色综合,天天干影视 Cravalho, is among those bringing the Hawaiian language version to life.


Whale and bubble ring Permit Number: NOAA #19703Groundbreaking aerial whale video
The Marine Mammal Research Program captured groundbreaking video of humpback and gray whales. The unprecedented aerial footage includes a mother whale with a calf just shortly after its birth, pods of humpback and gray whales and humpback whales swimming in a circular pattern while blowing bubbles to create a “net” to encircle prey.


Compressed view of the visible skyLargest digital sky survey released by Pan-STARRS
天天色综合,天天干影视The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System project publicly released the world’s largest digital sky survey. The four years of data comprise 3 billion separate sources, including stars, galaxies and various other objects. The immense collection contains 2 petabytes of data, which is equivalent to one billion selfies, or one hundred times the total content of Wikipedia.


sugarcaneSugarcane is not dead, just different
Sugarcane, also known as kō, may not be king anymore in Hawaiʻi, but UH researchers see a sweet future ahead for the traditional plant. They are helping local growers and processors to choose and cultivate native varieties that are best for their purposes, including cane skewers and swizzle sticks and rum agricola, a fresh cane-juice rum.


ANITA balloon rising above AntarcticaListening for neutrinos at the bottom of the world
Professor Peter Gorham’s work takes him to the frozen expanse of a faraway continent searching for the elusive neutrino, a tiny particle capable of traveling at light speed, with the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna or ANITA. Neutrinos are fundamental particles of the universe, born in the incredible energy of the Big Bang, and, Antarctica is a perfect place to study them.


white sharkShark study helps explain higher incidence of encounters off Maui
UH research is providing state leaders with critical information to better develop efforts to minimize possibly dangerous encounters with tiger sharks. The large area of shelf habitat around Maui attracts tiger sharks from other parts of Hawaiʻi and the sharks that regularly reside in Maui Nui are less likely to travel away from the area.


graduates with leiWe love our grads!
And finally, the photo round-ups of spring commencement for all 10 UH campuses were always popular. While students have different goals and motivations, obtaining a degree or certificate is the main reason most of them attend college or university. We love our students?pride and happiness as they celebrate their academic achievements. Which year was your favorite? 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015.

University of Hawai驶i System News Fri, 27 Dec 2019 00:56:59 +0000 Hawaiʻi graduates who got their degrees at fall 2019 commencement ceremonies at UH West Oʻahu, UH Hilo and UH Mānoa.]]> U H Hilo graduates
(Photo credit: Raiatea Arcuri, UH Hilo Stories)

Congratulations to all the University of Hawaiʻi graduates who got their degrees at fall 2019 commencement ceremonies at UH West Oʻahu, UH Hilo and UH Mānoa.

All the photos can also be viewed on the University of Hawaiʻi fall 2019 commencement album in Flickr.

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UH Hilo

View more photos at UH Hilo Stories

UH Mānoa

UH West Oʻahu

For more photos go the campus’ commencement Flickr album.

University of Hawai驶i System News Wed, 25 Dec 2019 18:06:14 +0000 Hawaiʻi Bowl title.]]>

The University of Hawaiʻi football team defeated Brigham Young University (BYU) on Christmas Eve at the SoFi Hawaiʻi天天色综合,天天干影视 Bowl at Aloha Stadium 38-34.

Nick Mardner
UH wide receiver Nick Mardner hauls in the winning touchdown.

This is the fifth Hawaiʻi Bowl title for the Rainbow Warriors, raising their bowl record to 7-6 all time. UH and BYU have met 31 previous times. Tuesday’s win gives Hawaiʻi天天色综合,天天干影视 its seventh 10-win season and the first since 2010.

Hawaiʻi quarterback Cole McDonald delivered five touchdowns and the defense provided four turnovers in the come-from-behind win. The game brought UH’s triple threat of wide receivers all past 1,000 receiving yards. Jared Smart, Cedric Byrd and JoJo Ward have proved to be major offensive weapons.

This is Head Coach Nick Rolovich’s fourth season leading his alma mater. The team had its most productive this year under his leadership with victories against two PAC-12 teams and earning the Mountain West Conference West title.

Read more about the Hawaiʻi Bowl victory.

University of Hawai驶i System News Tue, 24 Dec 2019 21:55:38 +0000 UH Mānoa School of Law Dean Avi Soifer will be given the 2020 Deborah L. Rhode Award from the Association of American Law Schools for his outstanding support for pro bono work and public service. ]]> law school exterior

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Law Dean Avi Soifer天天色综合,天天干影视 will be given a national award for his outstanding support for pro bono work and public service.

Soifer will be presented with the 2020 Deborah L. Rhode Award from the national Association of American Law Schools (AALS) at its annual convention in Washington, D.C. on January 4, 2020. Founded in 1900, the AALS is the non-profit organization of 179 U.S.天天色综合,天天干影视 law schools that graduate the vast majority of the nation’s lawyers.

Avi Soifer
Avi Soifer

The national honor recognizes Soifer’s work on behalf of people in Hawaiʻi who have benefited from many thousands of hours of free assistance, provided by the students and faculty at the William S. Richardson School of Law天天色综合,天天干影视. It also responds to over a dozen initiatives during his deanship that serve those in need, including those among the most vulnerable in the community.

Soifer said that he was very grateful for the honor, yet he pointed out that the recognition really ought to be to the entire Richardson Law School—students, faculty, and alumni—for their ongoing support for free legal assistance to those most in need. He added that, for example, the law school was unique in its pro bono requirement天天色综合,天天干影视 for graduation of at least 60 hours (a graduation requirement first advocated by students), and most Richardson students far exceed that number.

“My work has been our work at our law school,” Soifer said. “Working together we have accomplished a great deal with our legal community allies to increase access to justice in Hawaiʻi. At heart this is what the William S. Richardson School of Law is all about—reaching out together to help others.”

In nominating Dean Soifer, Martha Minow, former dean of Harvard Law School and vice-chair of the Legal Services Corporation, cited a wide range of initiatives launched by the dean to build capacity in Hawaiʻi’s social justice safety net, calling him “a leader in legal education and exemplary participant in state and national social justice efforts.”

Under Soifer’s tenure at Richardson, projects from existing law clinics to the new Hawaiʻi Innocence Project, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, Medical-Legal Partnership, the Law and Justice Institute, and many others have all flourished. Under his guidance, a new clinical building to house the growing number of programs that directly serve the public became a reality; the law school received reaccreditation for another 10 years天天色综合,天天干影视; and faculty teaching and scholarship thrived.

Read more from Soifer’s nominators and his contributions to the school and the state.

University of Hawai驶i System News Tue, 24 Dec 2019 02:27:14 +0000 Hawaiʻi medical students traded their books for hammers and drills and spent the week working to build a large, wooden playground for homeless keiki.]]> medical students in front of playground
JABSOM medical students with the completed playground.

They completed their final exams for the fall semester, but medical students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine天天色综合,天天干影视 remained on campus. Trading their medical books for hammers and drills, they have spent the week working to build a large, wooden playground for homeless keiki.

The students are part of the Homeless Outreach and Medical Education (HOME) Project at JABSOM天天色综合,天天干影视. They provide health services to the homeless in mobile clinics at nine different shelter locations, several days a week. But they had a special delivery for the Family Assessment Center this Christmas—a hand-assembled swing set, featuring an 8-foot long slide and a rock wall ladder.

天天色综合,天天干影视The students wanted to give keiki a fun and safe place to play.

“I want to say, it’s probably not anything that the kids would expect and it’s a structure that’s here to stay and so I think that is pretty special. It’s our Christmas miracle,” said medical student Maggie Kwock.

playground wrapped in paper
Students filmed the wrapping of the entire playset as an entry into the Ellen Degeneres and Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest.

The playground was donated by a supporter of the HOME Project. JABSOM students also filmed the wrapping of the entire playset as an entry into the Ellen Degeneres and Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest天天色综合,天天干影视. After the gift-wrapping was completed, they “unveiled” the surprise at the Family Assessment Center.

“The students have worked hard this whole week giving up their time. After studying you’d think they would just want to play and relax but they’ve sacrificed and volunteered so much time to just come out and make this playground and it’s all for the kids,” said Jill Omori, founder of the 14-year-old HOME Project and JABSOM Office of Education director.

Just in time for Christmas, these medical student “elves” delivered a gift of joy to children that will remain throughout the new year and beyond.

University of Hawai驶i System News Tue, 24 Dec 2019 00:03:59 +0000 UH Mānoa's Josh Renzo Claudio and UH Hilo's Gabriela Lawlor addressed the graduating classes of 2019.]]> Congratulations, and purple flowers

The University of Hawaiʻi天天色综合,天天干影视 celebrated fall commencements in December with outstanding students addressing their fellow graduates.

Josh Renzo Claudio, UH Mānoa

UH Mānoa’s Mid-Year Commencement Ceremony—held December 21, at the Stan Sheriff Center—featured student speaker Josh Renzo Claudio. An estimated 800 students participated in the commencement ceremony.

In his speech, Claudio urged his fellow graduates to be proud of the choices they have made and to go forward choosing their paths in life, always remembering that “I have天天色综合,天天干影视 a choice.”

Claudio graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, specializing in electro-physics. He is the current technical lead for UH Mānoa’s Smart Campus Energy Lab. Claudio’s career passions are in renewable energy, environmental protection and STEM education. After graduation, Claudio plans on immediately pursuing a master’s of science degree in electrical engineering at UH Mānoa.

Gabriela Lawlor, UH Hilo

UH Hilo awarded approximately 170 degrees and/or certificates at the campus’ Fall 2019 Commencement held December 21 at the Vulcan Gymnasium and featured Vulcan tennis player Gabriela Lawlor as the student speaker.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Lawlor accepted a tennis scholarship to play for UH Hilo. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, a discipline she chose because of her strong passion for international relations and human rights. Following commencement she will be interning in Spain, working with the Spanish government, and plans to continue her education at UH天天色综合,天天干影视 Hilo to pursue a second degree in kinesiology while competing on the Vulcan tennis team.

Lawlor spoke highly of her UH天天色综合,天天干影视 Hilo experience and encouraged her fellow Vulcans to learn from heartbreak and embarrassment and to become leaders going forward in the world: “together we can, because we all matter.”

University of Hawai驶i System News Mon, 23 Dec 2019 20:41:23 +0000 Hawaiʻi Kai Library.]]> books
Books donated by UH Law School students, faculty and staff.

Those incarcerated at the Hālawa Correctional Facility have an additional 168 paperback books in their library this week thanks to a book drive by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law.

The UH law school partnered with the Friends of Hawaiʻi Kai Library on the used book drive to bolster the library offerings for the inmates at the Hālawa facility. The Hawaiʻi天天色综合,天天干影视 Kai Library donated an additional 250 paperbacks.

Spencer Kimura天天色综合,天天干影视, director of the law school’s master of laws degree program and summer law programs, organized the drive and helped deliver the books on December 13. The books include thrillers by well-known authors such as Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton and John Grisham, as well as stories of modern-day adventures.

“With your donations,” Kimura wrote to law school faculty, staff and students, “the inmates have the tools to broaden their skills and knowledge, and to connect with other people, worlds and experiences through reading.”

Kimura learned of the pressing need for books while leading a visit to the prison by international students at the law school, one of the many external visits Kimura frequently arranges and leads.

University of Hawai驶i System News Mon, 23 Dec 2019 18:54:19 +0000 Hawaiʻi at Mānoa receive a grant to find ways to improve irrigation.]]>

A team at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been awarded a $900,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Natural Resources Conservation Service through a program that supports the conservation of private lands through funding projects centered on technology and innovation.

UH’s project, Forecasting daily reference evapotranspiration and rainfall for water resources conservation and sustainable agriculture, is led by principal investigators Sayed Bateni of the College of Engineering and the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), Jonathan Deenik and Jensen Uyeda of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and Aly El-Kadi of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and WRRC.

The team aims to demonstrate how farmers can conserve water and be more effective in utilizing water resources by implementing an innovative new method to model and forecast daily rainfall and evaporation in irrigation areas. The approach centers on use of an artificial neural network that breaks down complex long-term time-series into simpler units, providing more accurate forecasting.

The USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants program awarded a total of $12.5 million in 2019 to 19 different projects addressing areas including water quantity, urban agriculture, pollinator habitat and accelerating the pace and scale of conservation adoption. The goal of the program is to foster innovation to provide solutions to the most pressing issues facing farmers today, using science to support agricultural conservation and sustainability.

University of Hawai驶i System News Fri, 20 Dec 2019 23:41:43 +0000 K-O-K, the ship joined the fleet of UH marine expeditionary research vessels in 1994 and has been used across the Pacific Ocean on a variety of missions .]]> research vessel
Research Vessel Kaʻimikai-O-Kanaloa

A reception was held on the University of Hawaiʻi research vessel Kaʻimikai-O-Kanalo (“Heavenly Searcher of the Seas of Kanaloa”) just before she was sold this fall. Affectionately known to many as the K-O-K, the ship joined the fleet of UH marine expeditionary research vessels on January 15, 1994. Since then, K-O-K天天色综合,天天干影视 has been used across the Pacific Ocean on a variety of missions that included submersible operations, deployment of deep-sea moorings, hydrographic surveys and studies of marine biology, chemistry and climate change.

The original vessel was built by Mangrove Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Texas, in 1979 and was used for more than a decade for oil and gas exploration. Starting in 1992, UH oceanographer and director of the Hawaiʻi Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL), Alex Malahoff, worked tirelessly to acquire and reconfigure this 185-foot offshore supply vessel to serve as a support ship for HURL’s two human-occupied submersibles, Makaliʻi and Pisces V, the remotely-operated vehicle RC V-150. After the vessel Makaliʻi was retired, K-O-K also supported the submersible Pisces IV.

Attendees at the reception included Beverly Malahoff, who christened the reconfigured R/V Kaʻimikai-O-Kanaloa when she emerged from Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Co. as a versatile 223–foot oceanographic research vessel with a cruising speed of 10 knots, a 15,000 nautical mile range, 50–day endurance, and space for 14 crew members and 19 scientists. The approximately $5 million conversion was funded by the state of Hawaiʻi and NOAA, with the state holding the ship’s title.

K-O-K’s greatest accomplishments

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HURL submersible ready for launch. Credit: Jana Light

K-O-K facilitated research in Hawaiian waters and across the Pacific Ocean by scientists from UH and around the world. Some of K-O-K’s greatest accomplishments using the HURL submersibles include finding the sunken Japanese midget sub that led the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, investigating the chain of active volcanoes running north from New Zealand, long-term monitoring of the changes and growth of Loʻihi seamount off Hawaiʻi Island and finding dozens of new species in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

“In addition to enabling important discoveries and ocean monitoring efforts, the local access of K-O-K made available UH’s UNOLSM (University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System) and AGOR (Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research) vessels (previously R/V Moana Wave and now R/V Kilo Moana) for extended circum-Pacific expeditions,” said Brian Taylor, dean of the UH Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

One of the most consistent users of K-O-K was the Hawaiʻi Ocean Time-series (HOT) program. From July 1999 through July 2018, 93 separate HOT cruises to the open-ocean Station ALOHA were conducted aboard K-O-K. The vessel was also used in Hawaiʻi for numerous expeditions by the UH Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education and the UH Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology, including the Life Aquatic in the Volcanic Aftermath expedition天天色综合,天天干影视 in July 2018 to explore the effects of the Kīlauea eruption on the marine environment.

After 25 years of scientific voyages for UH, K-O-K was retired following her final expedition in July 2018 on the 304th cruise of the HOT program. In December, K-O-K was towed to Mexico by an ocean tug where she will be recycled and repurposed.

HURL submersible Pisces V aboard KOK (Photo credit: Jana Light).
University of Hawai驶i System News Fri, 20 Dec 2019 23:29:35 +0000 CTAHR’s Extension team in Molokaʻi encourages the idea of thinking like a papaya in order to help the papaya crops flourish in dry regions and foster new farm families.]]> close up of green papayas

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Molokaʻi Extension team assists the community in increasing their papaya market success and fosters Native Hawaiian farms with a creative philosophy: “Think like a papaya.”

Extension Agent Glenn Teves offers this unlikely advice to help farmers succeed on Molokaʻi.

Glenn Teves
Glenn Teves

On a practical level, he means farmers should figure out what they would want if they were papaya plants in order to help their trees flourish in the hot, dry, sometimes inhospitable Hoʻolehua region.

Fellow Agent Jennifer Hawkins is also helping Molokaʻi organic papaya producers to implement best management practices for increased market success. This includes growing more varieties of organic papaya since Molokaʻi doesn’t have any diseases that could harm the papaya crops.

Teves’ recommendation reflects a larger holistic philosophy of farming—being at one with the plants and the ʻāina天天色综合,天天干影视. It is a sense of farming that involves working with the crops, the soil, the precipitation and the climate.

Working with the state is part of the web of interdependence between the communities and the farmers. Teves and Hawkins serve in the Beginning Farmer天天色综合,天天干影视 program which coordinates with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to foster new Native Hawaiian farm families through a hands-on, experiential agriculture education program.

This sense of cooperation is what makes extension work on Molokaʻi天天色综合,天天干影视 unique, not only from the Mainland, but also from other islands, Teves believes.

Read the full story and more about CTAHR’s collaborations statewide in their quarterly impact report.