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UH Hilo students improve AI for live fish tracking, more

This summer, five students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo worked with a computer scientist to investigate various research problems in human-in-the-loop artificial intelligence (AI). It is a branch of AI that combines human and machine intelligence to create machine learning models. The class was led by Travis Mandel, assistant professor of computer science, and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. […]

Sustainable water withdrawal from main Oʻahu aquifer may decrease

The future of Oʻahu’s primary water source may be in jeopardy if current water withdrawal rules remain unchanged. According to University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers, the current sustainable yield (the maximum rate that water can be withdrawn from aquifers without compromising human and ecological uses) estimate for the Puʻuloa (Pearl Harbor) aquifer at 182 million gallons per day (MGD) […]

Better water management goal of storm, rainfall data analysis

The first study to characterize the frequency of several atmospheric disturbance types in Hawaiʻi and the magnitude of rainfall associated with them aims to help inform future water management decisions in the state. The study by researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi, East-West Center and the University of Albany was recently published in American Meteorological Society’s Monthly Weather Review. The […]

‘Ike Wai + Sumida Farm Partnership

Sumida Farm, one of the oldest multi-generational farms in the state of Hawai‘i was a vital partner in ‘Ike Wai project research. This partnership helped to better understand the effects of urbanization and climate change that impact local agriculture. Sumida Farmʻs spring-dependent watercress crops have faced historical and current challenges of urban agricultural systems. The […]

Deep Submarine Fresh Water: A New Resource for Volcanic Islands?

The discovery of large freshwater reservoirs off Hawaii suggests that other volcanic islands may have similar resources, which could help meet water demands amid population growth and climate change. Read more:

Marine science major Alexa Runyan receives prestigious NSF graduate research fellowship

Alexa Runyan, awarded the five-year fellowship that includes three years of financial support with an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution, has been accepted to the ocean engineering graduate program at University of Rhode Island. A student majoring in marine science at the University of Hawaii […]

Sea-level rise drives wastewater leakage to coastal waters in Honolulu

When people think of sea-level rise, they usually think of coastal erosion. However, recent computer modeling studies indicate that coastal wastewater infrastructure, which includes sewer lines and cesspools, is likely to flood with groundwater as sea-level rises. A new study, published by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Earth scientists, is the first to provide direct evidence that tidally […]

Offshore submarine freshwater discovery raises hopes for islands worldwide

Twice as much freshwater is stored offshore of Hawaiʻi Island than was previously thought, according to a University of Hawaiʻi study with important implications for volcanic islands around the world. An extensive reservoir of freshwater within the submarine southern flank of the Hualālai aquifer has been mapped by UH researchers with the Hawaiʻi EPSCoR ʻIke Wai project. The groundbreaking findings, published in Science Advances, […]

Team of UH-Hilo students, faculty publish work on coral health and disease

Students and faculty in the ‘Ike Wai Research Experience in Data Science Program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo had their work on coral health and disease published in the May 6 edition of Frontiers Marine Science. The publication is the result of research done during the summer of 2019. “A Comparison of the […]

Marine Electrical Imaging Reveals Novel Freshwater Transport Mechanism in Hawai‘i

Dr. Eric Attias is a research affiliate faculty with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoaʻs Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Dr. Attias discusses the marine geophysics component of the Hawai‘i EPSCoRʻs ‘Ike Wai project using a newly developed surfaced-towed controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) system and 2D/3D inversion algorithms to study the spatial distribution and interconnectivity […]

Earth Sciences Seminar: Marine electrical imaging reveals novel freshwater transport mechanism in Hawai‘i

Zoom Link: Non-UH participants, please email to obtain the link. Speaker Bio: My research focus on utilizing state-of-the-art remote sensing electromagnetic (CSEM/MT) ocean technologies to explore and image shallow and deep Earth structures. Scientific questions that I am currently captivated by are as follows: I. What is the spatial distribution of submarine groundwater […]

UHERO wins national award for website

The University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) website has been nationally recognized for excellence by the premier professional organization for regional economics centers. The Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER) judged entries based on content (text, animation, etc.), visual appeal, ease of navigation, functionality and overall experience. This is the second time that UHERO has won the AUBER website award. In 2011, […]

AI student research conducted in the age of COVID-19

Six students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo participated in an innovative research program this summer developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems to better support scientists in fields such as psychology, ecology and marine science. The work was done on campus, under the instruction of Assistant Professor of computer science Travis Mandel, adhering to appropriate coronavirus safety measures including wearing […]


Hawai‘i Sea Grant and Hanauma Bayare having Thursday Seminars you don’t want to miss! August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020 • 2 – 3 p.mFor the month of August, the Hanauma Bay Education Program Thursday seminar series will offer special programming in collaboration with Hawai’i Sea Grant’s Voice of the Sea television series. Every Thursday from 2:00pm […]

UH, watercress farm conduct sustainability research

—By Marcie Grabowski Once a preferred swimming pool of Hawaiian aliʻi, the Kalauao Spring on the island of Oʻahu continues to supply millions of gallons of clean, fresh water to the Pearl Harbor region. Today, changes to the environment, climate and continued development of the surrounding areas have called into question its sustainability. The findings are part of research by University […]

Hurricane Lane brought fire and rain to Hawaiʻi

Hurricane Lane was an impactful event for the Hawaiian Islands. In August 2018, over a four-day period, Hawaiʻi Island received an average of 17 inches of rainfall, with a four-day single-station maximum of 57 inches, making Hurricane Lane the wettest tropical cyclone ever recorded in Hawaiʻi. A study published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, led by University […]

UH faculty and EPSCoR Researcher John HR Burns receives Undergrad Teaching Award

By Kayla Bisquera University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Assistant Professor and Hawai‘i EPSCoR ‘Ike Wai project researcher John H. R. Burns is a recipient of the prestigious 2020 Frances Davis Annual Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. His goal is to involve students in his research and provide them training with cutting-edge technology and data […]

To protect against COVID-19, local dentist and staff are using face shields produced by UH Hilo 3D lab

The reusable face shields are being produced at the UH Hilo Department of Computer Science through a 3D printing project headed by Francis Cristobal, a faculty specialist. By Susan Enright.  To protect themselves and patients from possible COVID-19 exposure, Hilo dentist Donn Ouye and staff are using reusable face shields created in a 3D lab at the […]

Data science talent at UH Mānoa, UH Hilo showcased virtually

University of Hawaiʻi’s Hawaiʻi Data Science Institute (HIDSI) partnered with Hawaiʻi EPSCoR’s ʻIke Wai project to host a virtual poster session on May 8. HIDSI Data Science Fellows studying at UH Mānoa and ʻIke Wai Scholars from UH Hilo presented a variety of research spanning the areas of artificial intelligence, deep learning, data visualization and more. UH faculty, students and staff, as well as professionals from the local industry, attended to learn more […]

UH student, faculty honored for excellence in undergraduate education

The Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for faculty and a graduate assistant recognizes dedication and demonstrated excellence as teachers of undergraduate students. It was established as a memorial to the late Frances Davis, who taught mathematics at Leeward Community College and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for 19 years. John H.R. Burns John […]

#ScienceMarchesOn showcases research, innovation during COVID-19

Julia Hammer mixing up a batch of hand sanitizer. By Sarah Hendrix University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students, faculty and staff are continuing to do research and provide innovative solutions in science while practicing social distancing. To document the research during the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) is asking the UH ʻohana to showcase their work on […]

CTAHR alum awarded for outstanding miconia invasion study

An alumnus from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and his team won the 2019 Outstanding Paper, Invasive Plant Science and Management award for their scientific paper on miconia invasion in East Maui. The award was given by the Weed Science Society of America. James Leary, who previously served as a CTAHR faculty member, […]

Collaborative coral study compares old, new scientific techniques

Students and faculty in the ʻIke Wai Research Experience in Data Science Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo had their work on coral health and disease published in Frontiers Marine Science on May 6. The publication, “A Comparison of the Diagnostic Accuracy of in-situ and Digital Image-Based Assessments of Coral Health and Disease,” is the result of research done in summer 2019. […]

UH Maui College STEM education video featured in NSF showcase

Students in the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Project STEMulate will be featured in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase. This annual event will be held online May 5–12 at The UH Maui College presentation, entitled “Problem-based Learning in STEM: Motivating High School Students,” looks at the way Project STEMulate’s industry aligned, technology rich, problem-based learning curriculum has motivated and ignited STEM interest in […]

UH grad student earns Department of Defense fellowship

 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate student and Hawaiʻi EPSCoR ʻIke Wai research assistant has been awarded the Department of Defense (DoD) Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service. Ted Brennis is pursuing his master’s degree in Earth and planetary science. “It’s a really cool fellowship and I’m really excited about it,” said Brennis. The SMART program supports scholars in leading STEM fields that are in high demand […]

UH Hilo students bring home awards from statewide Marine Option Program Symposium

‘Ike Wai Scholar Sofia Ferreira wins Best Research Presentation for her research project, “Seascape Ecology And 3d Photogrammetry Can Elucidate the Relationships Between Coral Patch Characteristics and Chaetodontidae Assemblage Patterns at Laehala, Hilo.” at the 2020 Marine Option Symposium (MOPS). Ferreira works with UH Hilo assistant professor of marine science John Burns who is a […]

UH Hilo produces prototype medical equipment with 3D printing to help community prepare for COVID-19

Members of the local community have come together—people from public and private industry, and UH Hilo—to create 3D printing prototypes of reusable masks and face shields, just in case personal protective equipment might be needed during the coronavirus health crisis. By Susan Enright.  As of today, 44 people on Hawai‘i Island have been diagnosed with the coronavirus […]

UH Hilo receives $500K grant to research artificial intelligence interaction with humans

A computer scientist at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is the recipient of a more than half-a million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation aimed at developing new techniques in artificial intelligence (AI). Assistant Professor Travis Mandel, an AI expert, will use the prestigious $549,790 award to enhance research based on human-in-the-loop AI. The techniques are based on how AI and machine learning systems collaborate with […]

UH researcher earns international recognition for innovation in geophysics

A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researcher was honored as the first-place recipient of the Innovation Award, presented at the Fifth International Conference on Engineering Geophysics held in United Arab Emirates. Niels Grobbe is an assistant researcher with the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) and Water Resources Research Center (WRRC). As the first-place winner, Grobbe was awarded $10,000. “This is a very prestigious award, and WRRC is […]

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Hydrogeophysics Summer Field School

Exploring Groundwater Systems near Kaiwi Coast, Oahu, Hawaii: Haozhe (Jason) Zhang  Article and photos courtesy of American Geophysical Union – Near Surface Geophysics July 2019 Newsletter Haozhe (Jason) Zhang is a first-year master’s student in the Department of Geology at the University of Kansas (KU). He obtained his B.S. in petroleum engineering from KU and […]

WRRC/‘Ike Wai Seminar: Watercress Farming and Climate Change Challenges in Hawai‘i

This presentation will discuss the relationship between water and watercress farming at Sumida Farms, the largest watercress farm in Hawai‘i, in the context of climate change. Specifically, key challenges facing Sumida Farms in ensuring their sustainability in the face of climate change will be discussed. During my presentation, I encourage everyone to engage in conversational […]

Forest conservation could save $1.4M to Maui water

UHERO graduate student Sarah Medoff hikes in the Waikamoi preserve.

Jared McLean awarded SGCI Young Professional of the Year 2019

The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) recently awarded University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Mānoa graduate student Jared McLean the SGCI Young Professional of the Year award at the recent Gateways 2019 conference in San Diego.  McLean who is pursing a Masterʻs in Computer Science, was nominated for his work on the ‘Ike Wai Hawaiʻi Groundwater […]

Mauna Kea Hydrology Presented By Dr. Don Thomas

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Seminar: Supporting Climate Change Decision Making: Data Transformation and Knowledge Exchange with Resource Managers in the Pacific Islands

Speaker: Dr. Abby Frazier Land managers are facing co-occurring threats to their landscapes such as climate change, invasive species, wildfire, and drought. As novel ecosystems and climates emerge—particularly hotter and drier climates— it is critical that scientists produce locally relevant, timely, and actionable science products. Trends in rainfall and characteristics of drought have been analyzed […]

Earth Sciences student named UCAR Diversity and Inclusion Fellow

Earth Sciences student named UCAR Diversity and Inclusion Fellow

Machines vs the human eye: UH Hilo students learn and apply data science skills to reef study

‘Ike Wai team members John Burns, Travis Mandel and Grady Weyenburg who recently taught a five-week summer research experience were featured in UH Hilo Stories. Read the full story by Leah Sherwood at the following link:…/20…/09/20/data-science-reef-study/

Seminar: Hydrological modeling challenges in Hawaii and the Pacific

Hydrological modeling in Hawaii and similar areas is challenging due to complicated hydrogeological features, steep topography, and variable climate conditions. This presentation will discuss modeling efforts of the hydrology group over the past decades. Specifically covered include effects of climate change on Heeia watershed, American Samoa groundwater sustainability, surface water harvesting, and modeling of local […]

Seminar: Stochastic Modeling of the Earth Subsurface: Dealing with Unobserved Natural Systems

Many hydrological processes taking place at the Earth’s surface are directly observable, either through in-situ measurements or by using remote sensing techniques. In contrast, understanding properties of the subsurface poses formidable observational challenges. Firstly, measurements of the Earth’s interior are either difficult and expensive to acquire (e.g., boreholes) or indirect (e.g., measurement of subsurface flow […]

Record-breaking survey investigates Alaskan ocean trench

By Alice Kim A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa postdoctoral fellow took part in a world record for the deepest controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) survey of the seafloor. At 5,150 meters (approximately 3.2 miles) below sea level, the record-breaking survey happened above an oceanic trench in the Aleutian-Alaska Subduction Zone (AASZ) on June 6, 2019, during […]

Workshop: Portable, Reproducible High Performance Computing In the Cloud

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 9 am-4:30 pm Location: Keller 103, UH Mānoa Presentation Team: Joe Stubbs – TACC, Julia Looney – TACC, Sean Cleveland – UH Registration Deadline: Friday, July 12, 2019 Co-sponsored by University of Hawai‘i (UH) System Information Technology Services –Cyberinfrastructure, Hawai’i Data Science Institute, Hawai’i EPSCoR and the Texas Advanced […]

‘Ike Wai grad student performs at Merrie Monarch for second year in a row

Photos by Keola Arakaki​​​​​​​ Bruised knees, blistered, bloody feet and physical exhaustion are not what most picture at the mention of hula, a Polynesian dance form known throughout Hawai‘i. Hula is also not what most imagine when thinking of the University of Hawai‘i research project ‘Ike Wai but the unlikely pairing came together at the Merrie […]

Seminar: Flow in Funky, Fractured, Faulted Formations: What Do We Need for Prediction in the Deep Subsurface?

Please join WRRC/‘Ike Wai for a special seminar by Dr. Micheal Cardiff on May 28 from 11 am to 12 pm at HIG 210.   Topic: Flow in Funky, Fractured, Faulted Formations: What Do We Need for Prediction in the Deep Subsurface?   The deep subsurface is increasingly being called upon to meet humanity’s growing water, energy, […]

And the unofficial ‘Most Valuable Team Member’ award goes to…

Administrative professionals nationwide were honored this past week in celebration of Administrative Professionals Day held on April 24. ‘Ike Wai team member, Michelle Choe serves as program support associate for the project. Choe, a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa alumni is described as the heartbeat of the project and provides much of the “behind-the-scenes” support […]

Sumida Farm, UH researchers collaborate on water sustainability

By Alice Kim Barbara and David Sumida In ʻAiea, scientists wade through cool, ankle-deep water around the watercress patches at Sumida farm. They are researching whether rising temperatures and changing water chemistry may be hurting the farm’s crops. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers funded by two National Science Foundation (NSF) programs are working with a third-generation farming family […]

Hands-on Hydrogeophysical Field Experience on O‘ahu: Cutting-edge Science and Scenic Beauty

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Earth Sciences, Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, and Water Resources Research Center offers GG 699: Summer Fieldschool in Hydrogeophysics in Volcanic Environments. This hydrogeophysical summer school program aims to identify and quantify groundwater flow and its distribution in the old stream valley at Makapu‘u on the […]

‘Ike Wai Data Science Scholars present their research

Seven ‘Ike Wai Scholars had the opportunity to showcase their research at University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Hilo during a poster session held on April 26. The students worked closely with UH Hilo Data Science faculty and who served as their mentors. The following are the poster titles, scholars’  names, and their mentors: A Tool […]

‘Ike Wai Scholar Alexa Runyan wins PACON Award

At the recent Marine Option Program (MOP) Student Symposium on April 6, held on Maui, University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Hilo Data Analysis Intern and ‘Ike Wai Scholar, Alexa Runyan was one of two students who brought home major awards. Winning the Pacific Congress on Marine Science and Technology (PACON) International, Hawai‘i Chapter, MOP Symposium […]

Seminar: Evaluating the Effects of Future Climate and Land-Cover Conditions on Groundwater Resources for the Island of Maui, Hawai‘i

Speakers: Drs. Victoria Keener, Laura Brewington, and Alan Mair   Part I. Participatory Scenario Planning for Climate Change Adaptation: Projected Future Climate and Stakeholder-Defined Land-Cover Scenarios for the Island of Maui, Hawai‘i — by Victoria Keener and Laura Brewington (East-West Center & NOAA Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments)   For the last century, the […]

‘Ike Wai’s Brytne Okuhata selected for the Harold T. Stearns Fellowship Award

Brytne Okuhata, a graduate research assistant working on the ‘Ike Wai project, was recently selected for a $1,800 award through the Harold T. Stearns Fellowship to support her research developing two groundwater models for West Hawai‘i Island and collecting groundwater samples for age dating to use in these models to better understand groundwater transportation. Okuhata’s […]

Q & A with ‘Ike Wai’s Dr. Eric Attias on marine controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) imaging

By Maria Dumanlang Estimated reading time: 7 mins ‘Ike Wai researcher Dr. Eric Attias recently conducted an offshore survey along the Kona coastline of Hawai‘i Island to better understand the Hualālai aquifer system. He speaks now about the role his work plays in the ‘Ike Wai project and how the novel application of this state-of-the-art […]

Seminar: Characterizing the Stream and Its Association with the Ecosystem in Hawai‘i

Speaker: Dr. Yin-Phan Tsang This presentation will consist of two parts, based on recent studies focusing on Hawaiian streams and ecosystem. Part I. Characterizing Natural Barriers to Non-native Stream Fauna in Hawai‘i— Waterfalls are natural barriers that influence the distribution and dispersion of aquatic species. In Hawai‘i, it is assumed that non-native species are unable […]

Ocean sensors help UH researchers understand Hawaiʻi Island aquifers

From left, Eric Attias and Jake Perez deploy the system Parrotfish, Pike, Pompano and Perch were instrumental in helping University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoaresearchers gain a better understanding of Hualālai aquifer on Hawaiʻi Island. The four marine electric-field receivers, dubbed with common fish names, are part of state-of-the-art technology used by researchers from ʻIke Wai, a large-scale, multidisciplinary project funded by […]

UH renews focus on sustainability and resilience initiative

At the March 28 University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents meeting, President David Lassner unveiled the renewal of the UH System’s sustainability and resilience initiative with a video highlighting UH’s dedication to the issue. The five-minute video, produced by the UH Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, was the result of more than five months of interviews and filming with key UH faculty […]

UH student-developed sensor could revolutionize well-water monitoring

Students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering have developed a small, four-sensor, solar-powered device that could transform well-water monitoring throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Tamra Oyama, a graduate scholar and graduate engineering student in the ʻIke Wai project is leading the effort to develop the Downwell Remote Operating Platform (DROP). “The DROP module has potential to be a useful tool for well […]

Seminar: Challenges in Evaluating Microbial Beach Water Quality in Hawai‘i

Speaker: Dr. Marek Kirs In an effort to improve current water quality monitoring programs, the Water Resources Research Center has been engaged in multiple research projects pertaining to microbial water quality indicators, specifically in a tropical environment. This presentation will summarize the results of selected projects from 2013 to 2019. The projects addresses two major […]

Seminar | Hydrogeophysics: Understanding Groundwater Non-Invasively

Speaker: Niels Grobbe, Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, and Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Topic: Hydrogeophysics: Understanding Groundwater Non-Invasively The rock formations of the Earth’s near-surface are a porous medium, in which fluids can reside and flow. It is the domain of valuable resources such as groundwater, on which most […]

UH Hilo marine scientist uses 3D modeling to monitor Pacific coral reef structures

John H. R. Burns is converting past data and 2D images of reefs into 3D reconstructions. The 3D imagery gives scientists and the public more information than previously available through traditional mapping methods.  By Leah Sherwood. John H. R. Burns, an assistant professor of marine science at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, has developed a […]

Three artists and a scientist from UH Hilo create modern 3D work of art, now on exhibit at Honolulu art show

‘Ike Waiʻs John Burns collaborates with 3 artists from University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo to create 3D art now on display at The ARTS at Marks Garage (Honolulu Chinatown) until March 30th. Read the UH Hilo story at the following link: Three artists and a scientist from UH Hilo create modern 3D work of art, now on exhibit at […]

UH Mānoa researchers advance nuclear nonproliferation and education

‘Ike Waiʻs Dr. Henrietta Dulai is serving as co-investigator for the recent $3.2 million award for research to advance nuclear nonproliferation and education from the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) for the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology – SOEST) and the College of Natural Sciences. Read […]

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 L. Stephen Lau Water Research Endowed Scholarship

Click the following link or image above to download the PDF application: 2019 Lau Scholarship Info & Formfillable L. STEPHEN LAU WATER RESEARCH ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP The scholarship was established with funds endowed to the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa by Dr. L. Stephen Lau and Mrs. Virginia May Lau of Honolulu. Dr. Lau is Emeritus […]

UH Hilo computer science, mathematics student a finalist for national fellowship

By Alyson Kakugawa-Leong The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has named a University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo student as a finalist for their 2019 fellowship. Rebekah Loving, a computer science and mathematics senior, is one of 41 finalists for this year’s PhD fellowships in applied science, math and engineering. Loving was selected from more than 840 applicants nationwide. Ten finalists will be […]

Seminar: Phylogenetic diversity of groundwater microbes in Hawai‘i reveals aquifer characteristics

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Seminar: A Rising Tide: Complex Water Challenges in the Mid-Atlantic Propel Scholarship, Research, and Engagement

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Seminar: Estimation of Evapotranspiration and Gross Primary Productivity via Variational Assimilation of Remotely Sensed Land Surface Temperature and Leaf Area Index (Jan. 22)

Text of the above for those with reader software: Estimation of Evapotranspiration and Gross Primary Productivity via Variational Assimilation of Remotely Sensed Land Surface Temperature and Leaf Area Index Dr. Sayed Bateni To estimate evapotranspiration and gross primary productivity, land surface temperature (LST) and leaf area index (LAI) measurements are assimilated into a coupled surface […]

Protecting Hawai‘i’s water future: Training the next generation of scientists

by S. Anne Wallace Encouraging critical thinking about water sustainability, Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) offers students a unique learning experience in fieldwork, lab work, and experimental design. Science 295 (SCI 295) is a student-centered variable topic course. During the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters, one section, cross-listed as Geology & Geophysics 399 at the […]

UH-Hilo Program Takes On the Science of Data

The University of Hawaii at Hilo is offering for the first time this fall a certificate program in data science. Take Me To The Hawaii Tribune Herald Article To Read More…

Seminar: Riverine Research Across Scales: From Global Scale Sediment Modeling to Event Scale Flood Analysis (Nov. 13)

Text of the summary for those using text readers: Two research themes from the Surface Dynamics Modeling Lab will be highlighted: global-scale riverine modeling and flood mapping and analysis. Global river modeling focuses on studying water, sediment and nutrient fluxes, and their response to anthropogenic and environmental drivers. A short description of the WBMsed global-scale […]

Seminar: Restoring to the Future: Reviving Ahupua‘a in the 21st Century (Oct. 23)

October 23rd WRRC-IKE WAI seminar.

Congratulations to Sean Cleveland, SGCI’s “Young Professional of the Year”

Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) has given `IkeWai’s own Sean Cleveland the 2018 Young Professional of the Year award! The text of the award: “Acknowledging Sean Cleveland as a SGCI Young Professional Network member, for notable achievement in the development and use of science gateways. The SGCI Young Professional Network brings together undergraduate students, graduate […]

Seminar: ‘Eli Wai: Excavating Water from the Hawaiian Language Newspapers (Oct. 9)

The same text as above for those who use readers: Seminar Sponsored by: Water Resources Research Center and ‘Ike Wai University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | Noon | HIG 210 Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics, 2525 Correa RD ‘Eli Wai: Excavating Water from the Hawaiian Language Newspapers U‘ilani Au and Kilika Bennett […]

C-MĀIKI #mahimicrobe2018 graduate competition RFP! (Oct 3)

Text version of the above images: C-MĀIKI #mahimicrobe2018 graduate competition RFP! Mahi = 1. nvt. To cultivate, farm; 2. vs. Strong, energetic, as a worker. Microbe = n. a microscopic multicellular or single celled organism (including bacteria, archaea, protozoa, some fungi and algae) that play crucial roles (either positively or negatively) in ecosystems The C-MĀIKI […]

Marine Survey Completed

Our marine survey team is back from doing surveys in Kailua-Kona and the Kiholo Bay area.   From their “wrap up” post on their blog: “… This completes our successful survey! where we collected multiple datasets from ~250 km of towlines (total of 15 survey lines) encompassed within the boundaries of the Hualalai aquifer. This data […]

CUAHSI September Newsletter

Dear Colleagues, Fall is right around the corner, and CUAHSI is dropping by to bring you September’s news! CUAHSI is hosting a Let’s Talk about Water Event in Boston! Join us on October 4th, 2018 from 5-7 PM ET at the East Boston Library. More event details can be found below. The National Center for Atmospheric […]

Seminar: Groundwater Recharge-Discharge Imbalance, Inter Aquifer Flow, and Yet to be Explained Connections in Kona Aquifers (Sept. 11)

Transforming Contemporary Science with Traditional Hawaiian Knowledge

Transforming Contemporary Science with Traditional Hawaiian Knowledge by Surely A. Wallace The 25th annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference, held on July 25, 2018 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, featured A‘ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka hālau ho ‘okahi: Advancing modern science with Hawaiian knowledge. This conference session was proposed and convened by ‘Ike Wai students and […]

‘Ike Wai is hiring a communications specialist (Apply by August 3rd)

Job Summary: Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), located at the University of Hawai‘i Information Technology Services (UH ITS), located on the island of Oahu.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. MINIMUM […]

Agave with Containers for Compute and Analysis workshop (August 7 & 8, register by 8/3)

The ITS Cyberinfrastructure team is proud to announce the Agave with Containers for Compute and Analysis workshop that will take place on August 7th and 8th. This FREE workshop is sponsored by the University of Hawai’i Information Technology Service Cyberinfrastructure group, Texas Advanced Computing Center and Hawai’i EPSCoR. This workshop focuses specifically on introducing the […]

25th Annual Hawai’i Conservation Conference (July 24-26)

The 25th Annual Hawai’i Conservation Conference (HCC) will be held July 24-26.  One of the sessions features several speakers from the ‘Ike Wai project and was proposed by ‘Ike Wai students and post-docs. The session is called “‘A‘ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka hālau ho‘okahi: Advancing modern science with Hawaiian knowledge.”  The talks nicely interweave traditional […]

Nearly $2 Million Awarded To NELHA Solar Desalination Project

Summary:  The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) has awarded almost $2 million to the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA).  The award is to be used to explore solar-thermal desalination on a commercial scale. Read the original article here

Lecture: ” New Insights into the Groundwater Hydrology of Maunakea and Hawaiʻi Island” (June 21)

 New Insights into the Groundwater Hydrology of Maunakea and Hawaiʻi Island A Maunakea Speaker Series presentation by  Dr. Donald Thomas, Director of The Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes, UH Hilo  The Maunakea Speaker Series continues its monthly lecture on Thursday, June 21 at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center’s Moanahoku Hall. This exciting free lecture is open to […]

Seminar: “Inverse Analysis of Fluid Flow in Fractured Rocks and Sustainable Design for Geothermal Energy” (June 8)

HIGP / WRRC Seminar Series Friday June 8, 2018; Time: 3 pm; Planetary Data Center, POST 544 Prof. Anna Suzuki Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Japan Inverse Analysis of Fluid Flow in Fractured Rocks and Sustainable Design for Geothermal Energy The goal of our research group is to evaluate rock structures and its flow […]

`Ike Wai is hiring a postdoctoral researcher in geophysics/hydrogeophysics ! (Apply by May 31)

We are currently looking to hire a postdoctoral researcher in geophysics/hydrogeophysics for the ‘Ike Wai project at the University of Hawai‘i. This is a Regular, Full-Time, Non-Civil Service position with the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP), located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, through the […]

Student Scholarship Application for The Hawaii Conservation Conference NOW OPEN (Deadline: May 28th)

Student Scholarship Application for The Hawaii Conservation Conference NOW OPEN Deadline to apply: Monday May 28th, 2018 11:59 PM HST In partnership with Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation’s Environmental Leadership Pathways Initiative, the Hawai’i Conservation Alliance and Foundation (the Alliance and Foundation) is proud to announce the 2018 Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference (HCC) Student Scholarship Program. Celebrating its 6th year, […]

Seminar: “Fate of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Groundwater: Lessons for Hawaii and Red Hill from a Terrestrial Oil Spill Study” (June 5th)

Seminar Sponsored by: Water Resources Research Center and ‘Ike Wai University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | Noon | HIG 210 Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics, 2525 Correa RD Fate of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Groundwater: Lessons for Hawaii and Red Hill from a Terrestrial Oil Spill Study Dr. Barbara Bekins The oldest continuous […]

‘Ike Wai Water Science Scholars’ Poster Symposium (May 4)

‘Ike Wai Water Science Scholars’ Poster Symposium   Friday, May 4 2:30 – 4:00pm   UH Manoa ITC 105A/B Come see the work of our Water Science Scholars on projects with faculty members throughout ‘Ike Wai. This event is funded by the ‘Ike Wai EPSCoR project, a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Webinar series: Emerging Voices of Tribal Perspectives in Water Resources (April 26 & May 23)

Universities Council on Water Resources Presents: Emerging Voices of Tribal Perspectives in Water Resources WEBINAR (TWO PART) SERIES April 26 & May 23 – 11am CT Webinar #1: Tribal Waters and Climate Change April 26, 2018 9 AM PDT(MST)/10 AM MDT/11 AM CDT/12 PM EDT Register for Webinar #1 Webinar #2: Tribes and Water Quality […]

Watershed Partnerships: Sustaining Healthy Forested Watersheds for Hawai‘i’s Communities (April 24)

Hawaii’s native forests are essential to our way of life, providing us with fresh water, serving as a home for unique plants and animals, and shaping a rich and thriving Hawaiian culture.  But due to invasive plants, animals, and disease, Hawaii’s forests are under threat. Today over half of Hawaii’s original forest has been lost. […]

UH Hilo students learn data visualization techniques to promote environmental issues

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s departments of computer science, marine science, and art, have joined together to create a program where students work on a shared environmental project using data visualization techniques.  The program is intended to increase public awareness of Hawaiian ecosystems issues. An excerpt from the article: “The focus of the current […]

Agave with Python for Compute and Analysis Workshop – April 19 (register by April 16)

Agave with Python for Compute and Analysis Workshop Date: April 19, 2018 9am-4:30pm Location: Information Technology Center Room 105A/B, UH Manoa This FREE workshop is sponsored by the University of Hawai’i Information Technology Service Cyberinfrastructure group, Texas Advanced Computing Center and Hawai’i EPSCoR. This workshop focuses specifically on introducing the Agave platform (, Cyverse ( […]

UH News: Hawaiian-language newspapers illuminate 1871 hurricane

An article in the UH news discusses how the translation of Hawaiian language newspapers led to new information on a major hurricane that impacted the islands in 1871. Here’s an excerpt from the article: “A major hurricane struck the islands of Hawai‘i and Maui on August 9, 1871, and wrought widespread destruction from Hilo to Lahaina. A […]

‘Ike Wai Research Experience in Data Science 2018 – Apply by April 12

Interested in a paid summer research experience in data science at UH Hilo? Students Will Receive: – A focused introduction to data science techniques – A 5 week research experience guided by UH Hilo Professors – A $2,000 stipend upon completion of the research experience Requirements: – Current UH Hilo or UH Hilo bound student […]

`Ike Wai Grad Student featured in UH News

`Ike Wai Graduate Student, Brytne Okuhata, has been featured in the latest University of Hawai’i News.  In addition, the article, “Tapping into the next generation of groundwater scientists,” was written by ‘Ike Wai undergraduate scholar, Kayla Valera.  Click on the UH news link below to read the article. Tapping into the next generation of groundwater […]

`Ike Wai featured in latest WRRC newsletter

The `Ike Wai project is featured prominently in the latest Water Resources Research Center Newsletter.  In addition to the overview of the project, the newsletter includes highlights of many `Ike Wai researchers.  To read the newsletter, click here.

Python Data Analysis Workshop – April 17 & 18

INTRODUCTION TO DATA ANALYSIS USING PYTHON (PANDAS AND MATPLOTLIB) We are pleased to announce that the registration for Python Data Analysis Workshop is now open. This workshop focuses specifically on how to conduct data analysis using Python — as opposed to software development — and introduces some of the libraries that have made Python a […]

2018 EPSCoR State Conference – April 12, register by April 5

Hawai‘i EPSCoR State Conference: ‘Ike Wai: Connecting Science and Community April 12, 2018 Asia Room – Jefferson Hall – East West Center – UH Mānoa Campus Oral Session: 9:00am–4:30pm Poster Session: 4:30–6:30pm Draft Agenda 9:00 Registration & Refreshments 9:30 Welcome 9:45 Keynote Presentation: Why Wai, Water and the Future of Hawaiʻi [Dr. Kamana Beamer] 10:15 […]

Hawaiʻi Data Science Student Fellowships – Apply by April 8!

2018 Hawaiʻi Data Science Student Fellowships The Hawaii Data Science Institute (HI-DSI) is pleased to announce several fellowship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. HI-DSI Fellows are data scientists in training, funded for one year as a Graduate Assistants (GAs) or Undergraduate Fellows to participate in developing data […]

Seminar: Stormwater Management Using Green Roofs – March 20

Stormwater Management Using Green Roofs: Predicting Runoff Volume Reduction, Peak Flow Reduction and Peak Delay Dr. Roger Babcock Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ Noon Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics, Room 210 2525 Correa Rd. University of Hawai’i at Manoa. For details, please see the flyer.

How much water is used in Urban Honolulu? Learn more at the Primary Urban Center Watershed Management Plan Community Meeting – March 22 & 27

The Honolulu Board of Water Supply and the City’s Department of Planning and Permitting are hosting their second round of community meetings for the Primary Urban Center Watershed Management Plan. The topics of discussion are current water use throughout urban Honolulu as well as projected future uses of water in the year 2040 and 2100. Here’s […]

UH Hilo alumnus investigating avian genomes

by Susan Enright David Arakawa and Renee Bellinger. Photo by Elijah Owens. Genome research conducted by a recent graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will lead to a better understanding of the unique evolution of the Hawaiian honeycreeper, a group of endemic and endangered birds found in the forests of Hawaiʻi. David Arakawa, who hails from Oʻahu and graduated from UH Hilo […]

Dr. Frank is recognized as a leader in Sustainability

On February, 8, 2018, Dr. Kiana Frank was awarded one of the 2018 President’s Green Awards.  The award recognizes excellence among UH personnel to lead sustainability initiatives across operations, curriculum, research, engagement and cultural connections.

COACh Career Building Summit – Jan 9-10, 2018

To kick off the new term, ‘Ike Wai sponsored a series of professional development workshops lead by Dr. Geri Richmond of the Committee On the Advancement of women Chemists (COACh). Aimed at graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, workshop sessions covered a variety of topics and career skills ranging from effective mentoring, giving scientific presentations, building […]

UH Hilo Mookini Library CyberCANOE now Online!

Through the CyberCANOE, which stands for Cyber-enabled Collaboration, Analysis, Navigation and Observation Environment, researchers at both UH Manoa and UH Hilo can work with each other on shared projects despite being on separate campuses. The install was led by UH Hilo staff members Robert Chi and Francis Cristobal.  The student workers (and their majors) are below: […]

`Ike Wai Summer Bridge Program

The ‘Ike Wai Summer Bridge was a joint venture for summer student learning with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Kapi‘olani Community College, the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, and Hawai‘i EPSCoR. Video showcasing the ‘Ike Wai Summer Bridge held in May 2017 was produced by participant Kirena Clah. 'Ike Wai Summer […]

UH campuses invited to explore Meaning and Management of Water

All University of Hawaiʻi faculty, staff and community partners are invited to share research, writing, practices and teaching materials exploring the “Meaning and Management of Water” as part of UH‘s annual systemwide focused inquiry project for AY 18–19. Faculty and community partners are invited to join the Laulima collaboration server platform SYS MM1Uto share resources, learning outcomes, assignments and other teaching materials related […]

Researcher returning to Hilo for data science program launch

By Alyson Kakugawa-Leong Grady Weyenberg, a statistical researcher who grew up in Hilo, is the first faculty member hired to create a new data science program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Weyenberg, who assumes his duties on August 1, is the first of four tenure-track assistant professors the university will hire in mathematics, computer science and […]

UH nominees for governor’s awards honored

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo maintenance crew, Matthew Platz and UH Mānoa’s Luke Flynn have been selected as the university’s nominees for the Governor’s Awards for Distinguished State Service. The award honors the state’s executive branch employees and managers who exemplify the highest caliber of public service and dedication to serving the people of Hawaiʻi. There are three awards—Employee of the Year, Manager of the […]

UH leads $20M research partnership to secure Hawaiʻi’s water future

Increasing population, changing land use practices and issues relating to climate change are contributing to growing concerns over water quality and quantity in Hawaiʻi. To help the state address this critical issue, the National Science Foundation has awarded $20 million to the University of Hawaiʻi to do a five-year, groundbreaking study of water sustainability issues through a collaboration called ʻIke Wai. The project […]