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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will present a free public lecture at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus on Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m. in the Stan Sheriff Center.

Vice President Gore, known for his visionary leadership and decades of work on reducing the harmful impacts of climate change, will be sharing his insight on these and related topics and how they relate to Hawaiʻi.

“We are very fortunate that former Vice President Gore will be in Hawaiʻi to address an issue that is very important to our university and community,” said UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple. “We hope the discussion about sustainability and climate change have a lasting impact and will push Hawaiʻi into the global arena.”

The presentation is the capstone of the day-long summit, Ascent: Developing a New Social Contract for Public Investment in a Green Future, organized by the University of Hawaiʻi and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. The conference will bring together notable dignitaries from around the country to discuss and propose solutions to Hawaiʻi’s most pressing problems. The topics include renewable energy, sustainable energy and water use and the impacts of human practice and climate change on essential resources.

“Vice President Gore has been a true friend and ally in the climate change fight. He is a leading voice on clean energy and I am honored he is joining us to discuss Hawaiʻi’s future,” said Schatz, chairman of the Senate Water and Power Energy Subcommittee. “Our state has charted a path forward for a clean energy economy and served as a model for the rest of the country. We need to continue to promote the development of clean energy, which will make Hawaiʻi more sustainable and self-sufficient.”

The free lecture is co-hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Sea Grant College Program, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Chancellor’s Office and the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation. It will be held at the Stan Sheriff Center, which can accommodate approximately 10,000 people.


Tickets are free and available to the public at:

  • The Stan Sheriff Center Ticket Office
  • UH Mānoa Campus Center Ticket, Information and ID Office

Tickets are also available online for a minimal fee at

Read the UH Mānoa news release for more information.

This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. I want to go to this so bad. I think its on Oahu is that true? Can some one let me know if hilo or kona will get a chance too see this lecture I’m sure i am not the only one that wants to be apart and an active member of the student body but feels isolated in Kailua- Kona Campus

    1. I think that much of his data has been refuted (as contrived) based on the contraversy surrounding the emails of the English Academics and as I look around I don’t see the gross effects that he predicted. I really believe politcians should stay in the realm of politics and leave science to scientists (who conduct open studies, with no preconcieved results) unfortunately I beleive there are some out there that would skew their data to obtain the desired results.

    2. Hi Mariah,

      Unfortunately there are no planned appearances for Former Vice President Gore on Hawai’i Island at this time. There will be broadcast, print and social media coverage of the event.

  2. With Al Gore’s public speaking price tag around $100,000 (not including travel and first class lodging expenses, and a $1,000 per diem), one would think that UH could use that money more wisely towards actual sustainability efforts.

    An ex-politician who makes millions from preaching about sustainability and climate change, while living a lifestyle quite the opposite, sounds like a waste of time and money to me.

  3. We shared these comments with conference organizers. They offered this response:

    We acknowledge the right to one’s opinion, and the freedom one has to share it within this forum. We would like to highlight that Former Vice President Gore has waived his speaking fees, which, with support from other sponsors, has helped make tickets to this event free.

    There are a variety of view points on climate change and the effects of global warming. As a coastal community with finite natural resources, Hawai’i is uniquely positioned to benefit from proactive measures toward achieving sustainability and anticipating measurable effects of climate change. Mr. Gore’s lecture provides insight to some ideas and information to which there will likely be a spectrum of responses.

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