Community and Partners

Water Resources Research Center (WRCC) at UH: WRRC serves Hawai‘i and other Pacific islands, and is Hawai‘i’s link in a National Institutes for Water Resources network. ʻIke Wai will hire 3 new tenure- track faculty who will work with WRRC in the analysis of the geophysical data. These lessons will be applied in Hawai‘i and elsewhere (e.g., American Samoa).

UH Sea Grant: Founded in 1968, UH Sea Grant works in partnership with SOEST and NOAA to identify resource management issues and guide scientific research. The collaboration with Sea Grant (see commitment letter) allows ʻIke Wai to reach out to other parts of the Pacific with similar GW issues, including American Samoa and other Pacific islands. In addition, the UH Sea Grant partnership allows rendering of traditional/historical Hawaiian knowledge into forms that can enrich this project.

USGS Pacific Islands Water Sciences Center (PIWSC): The PIWSC works to collect, analyze, and disseminate hydrologic data and information needed to manage water resources. The USGS GW Resources Program for Regional Assessments is currently running a Hawai’i Volcanic Rock Aquifer Study and the USGS GW Resources Program (GWRP) is conducting a four-year study of GW resources in Hawaiʻi Volcanic-Rock Aquifers. The objectives of these studies are synergistic with ʻIke Wai.

Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM): CWRM administers the State Water Code. Its mission is to protect and enhance Hawai‘i’s water resources. They are interested in partnering to better characterize aquifer connectivity and water chemistry (including contamination). They will provide access to well data and internships for students.

Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (HDOH): The Environmental Health Services Division of HDOH is critically concerned with water quality, down-well monitoring, and is a key research partner in the microbial ecology study. They will collaborate on GW modeling, collection of water samples, access to data and field sites.

Department of Water Supply, County of Hawai‘i (DWS): DWS is responsible to manage, control, and operate the County’s waterworks. They are interested in sharing historical and current DWS data, develop resource management scenarios for modeling and provide access to sites, data and data collection.

Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge: Hawai‘inuiākea comprises Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, Ka Papa Lo‘i O Kānewai Cultural Garden, and Native Hawaiian Student Services. Initial collaborations with Puakea Nogelmeier and two ʻIke Wai-funded graduate translators will involve Hawaiian language newspapers. Hawaiʻinuiākea will also form a gateway for identification of other Hawaiian knowledge sources that can enrich the ʻIke Wai research agenda and contribute to a sense-of-place in Hawai’i’s hydrology community.

Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC): TACC’s mission is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. Our CI team will collaborate with TACC software experts to develop the IKE environment, leveraging the iPlant and AGAVE frameworks. UH is a partner with TACC in the new NSF funded JETSTREAM national cloud computing project. All participants in ʻIke Wai will have direct access to TACC’s extensive on-line training resources in data science and CI.