Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIKE

"In doing, one gains Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering"

ʻIKE Student Symposium
Saturday, August 16, 2014
9:00AM - 1:00PM
Leeward Community College

The ʻIKE Program, in partnership with the University of Hawaii Engineering Consortium, held the 3rd Annual ʻIKE Student Symposium. The symposium was an exciting event featuring the students of ʻIKE and their Summer Engineering Experiences (SEE) projects and Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) projects.

138 current ʻIKE students, faculty members, prospective students, families, Native Hawaiian organizations, and engineering industry members attended. Our hope was to create lasting connections between the students, UH campuses, Native Hawaiian community, and engineering community in Hawaiʻi

SEE 2-Poster Presentation

Windward CC-URE (Undergraduate Research Experience)

Welcome to Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIKE!

SEE 1- Chris Strickland's completed guitar project


Poster Session

SEE1 and SEE2 students created posters representing experiences at their respective programs. SEE1 students demonstrated electric guitars they built during SEE1. SEE2 students demonstrated the various electrical and circuit concepts they learned building their amplifiers. Twenty five students from SEE1 (8) and SEE2 (17) participated in the symposium.

Five undergraduate research posters were also displayed during the poster session. Topics included: Preliminary Design of M2 and M3 Handling Cart, Preventing the Illumination of Aircraft by a Laser Ranging System, Trajectory of Autonomous Payload in the Atmosphere, Vegetable Cooler Construction, and CanSat.


2014 URE-Undergraduate Research Experience

SEE 2- Poster Presentation

SEE 2- Poster Presentation

YouTube clip of poster session


Oral Presentations

Eleven SEE3 oral presentations were judged at the symposium.  The group presentations, by 27 students, consisted of topics on: Creation of a personal power supply, Tsunami Run-up Reduction by Submerged Breakwater, Helmholtz Resonance Mode for Waver Energy Extraction, Soil Quality of Wahiawa farm, Wastewater Degradation, Extinction Characteristics of Flames, and the Aloha Cable Observatory.   


YouTube video of SEE3 oral presentations (Part 1 of 2)

YouTube video of SEE3 oral presentations (Part 2 of 2)

2014 SEE3 Oral Presentation

2014 SEE 3 Oral Presentation

2013 SEE3 Oral Presentation

SEE 2013 Oral Presentation

Keynote Speaker:

The 2013 symposium keynote speaker was Dr. Michael Chun, who was the President and Headmaster for 24 years of Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus. He is the first Native Hawaiian to hold such a position and is an alumnus of the school. Dr. Chun is also a Civil and Environmental Engineer, and also served on the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa College of Engineering faculty.  Dr. Chun’s overall speech focused the importance of Native Hawaiian identity.


Previous Symposium: 2012

Panel Discussion

Five professionals were invited to the symposium to participate in a panel discussion to share with students their stories and experiences of being a STEM student and in their STEM careers. The panelists included:

  • Oceana Francis, Assistant Professor at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Jonathan Ching, Halawa Luluku Interpretive Project
  • Timothy Lum Yee, Project Engineer at HDR, Inc
  • Kawai Mar, Engineer at Kiewit
  • John Luʻuwai, Engineer at Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)

YouTube video of panel discussion (Part 1 of 2)

YouTube video of panel discussion (Part 2 of 2)