[HONOLULUCC] Learn to sail a voyaging canoe

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Having traveled approximately 40,300 nautical miles, Hōkūleʻa is home from traveling around the world, but not for long. This fall she will depart on a mahalo sail around the state. In anticipation of the public’s interest to learn more about navigation, Honolulu Community College and the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) are offering Level I Basic Crew Member Training starting July 11. The course consists of 15 sessions over eight weeks. In alignment with the University of Hawaiʻi‘s commitment to serving as a model indigenous institution of higher knowledge, Honolulu CC is promoting Hawaiian values and culture through these non-credit offerings and its Hawaiian studies degree program. Honolulu CC is the only campus to offer courses in Hawaiian astronomy and navigation through its Hoʻokele program at METC in which students receive…
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[CITIZEN SCIENCE] King tides give islands a glimpse into future sea level rise

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDQKtp3JS6M Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa were out in force again this month to document and study the king tides that occurred on June 23 and 24. The water level along the coast, already expected to inundate nearshore areas with the some of the highest annual tides was enhanced by elevated water levels and a large south swell that arrived on the same day. The elevated water levels are due to an unusual combination of lingering effects of El Niño, natural Pacific-wide climate and sea level variability associated with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, localized rotating eddies of elevated water level, and sea-level rise from global warming. According to the Sea Level Center at the UH Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), the high…
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[HONOLULUCC] The Partnership that saved Hōkūleʻa

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5vP5T6KeYE Since 2002, the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) and Honolulu Community College’s Marine Education and Training Center (METC) have been working together to develop a learning center that combines the voyaging and cultural expertise of PVS and the educational background of the University of Hawaiʻi into a new, experience-driven format of training for future students. “We are just so fortunate, so lucky, that there was a Marine Education Training Center and that there was a place to finally take care of Hōkūleʻa,” says PVS President Nainoa Thompson. “[The METC] was a place that we could conduct the kinds of education that are tied to our values and contribute to the strengthening of Hawaiian culture.” Restoring Hōkūleʻa Honolulu CC would step up again in 2010, when tens of thousands of volunteer…
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[CLIMATE CHANGE] Deadly heatwaves projected by 2100

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[video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://www.hawaii.edu/sustainability/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/LethalHeatwaves_rcp85.mp4"][/video] 74% of the world’s population will be exposed to deadly heatwaves by 2100 if carbon gas emissions continue to rise at current rates, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change. Even if emissions are aggressively reduced, the percent of the world’s human population affected is expected to reach 48 percent. By 2100 New York is projected to have around 50 days with temperatures and humidities exceeding the threshold in which people have previously died. That same year, the number of deadly days for Sydney will be 20, 30 for Los Angeles, and the entire summer for Orlando and Houston. [caption id="attachment_2157" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Number of days in a year by 2100 when climatic conditions will exceed the deadly threshold. a, strong mitigation and b,…
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[UHMĀNOA] State-of-the-art Life Sciences building coming to Mānoa campus

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The first phase of construction of the Life Sciences building project on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus begins in late June with the removal of Henke Hall, the future site of the state-of-the-art science facility scheduled to open fall 2019. Construction of the four-story, 45,000-square-foot structure will begin in late 2017 and is in step with the university’s strategic directions, to provide 21st century resources for learning, teaching, research and sustainability through LEED certification. Designed for interdisciplinary collaboration, the Life Sciences building will provide new facilities for the College of Natural Sciences biology, microbiology and botany departments along with the Pacific Biosciences Research Center and the Biological Electron Microscope Facility. It will include classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, laboratory support and office spaces to serve 1,000 students weekly…
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[HAWAIʻICC] Pālamanui campus earns LEED Platinum award

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The Hawaiʻi Community College–Pālamanui has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest rating possible in the sustainable building program. “Hawaiʻi CC–Pālamanui is committed to being a community leader in West Hawaiʻi in the areas of science, culture and conservation,” said Hawaiʻi CC–Pālamanui Director Marty Fletcher. “By designing a campus to achieve the highest possible rating in the LEED sustainable building program we are demonstrating our commitment to those principles.” “Congratulations and thanks to our entire team for certifying another LEED Platinum building at UH,” said University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner. ”The University of Hawaiʻi stands firmly committed to addressing the challenges of climate change and achieving our sustainability goals across our operations, education, scholarship, cultural connections and…
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[SUMMER ʻ17] S.O.F.T. Saturday Garden Partys

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The Student Organic Farm Training (SOFT) Summer Saturday Garden Parties are back! Starting June 17th the SOFT Farm hosts a weekly garden part (next to Noelani Elementary School, across from the Manoa Library) every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm (come any time between). Activities in the coming weeks will include weeding, planting, painting, composting, mulching, and much more! These events are open to the community and we welcome volunteers of all ages, as long as they are wearing closed-toed shoes and are ready to have fun! Other items you might want to bring: a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, snacks, a refillable water bottle, and a family-friendly playlist on a Bluetooth-capable device. Bring your own mug for free tea and coffee! Don’t forget to check us out on Instagram (softhawaii)…
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[JUN 18] “Make the Ala Wai Awesome” Winners Announced

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SiJlvtqNOI Noelani Elementary School and ʻIolani School are among the winners in the University of Hawaiʻi’s Make the Ala Wai Awesome challenge. Arizona State University took the overall prize. The winners of the international student design competition were announced at the opening ceremony of the World Youth Congress and was part of the celebration to welcome the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa home from her worldwide voyage. Out of the 40-plus entries received, the five winners did the best job of meeting the challenge to rehabilitate a critical Oʻahu watershed that contains one of the nation’s most polluted bodies of water. [caption id="attachment_2125" align="alignnone" width="5613"] One idea proposed by the winning team from ASU features a floating boardwalk and retractable wall that could act as a flood barrier to protect surrounding neighborhoods.[/caption]…
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[JUN 17] Hōkūleʻa returns to Hawaiʻi

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https://vimeo.com/148301947 On June 17, the 62-foot-long double-hulled traditional voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa will sail into Magic Island in Honolulu, completing her global circumnavigation - the first-ever round-the-world voyage by a traditional Polynesian vessel. The trip began in May 2014 when she sailed westward from Hilo on Hawaii’s Big Island, and went on to navigate across five oceans, traversing more than 40,000 nautical miles to visit 19 countries before returning home. Read more about UHʻs involvement w/ the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Hōkūleʻa in The Scientific American  UH students build virtual celestial navigation learning tool  President Lassner sails with Hōkūleʻa UH maps way forward at second Worldwide Voyage meeting in Hilo
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[SCHOLARSHIPS] Student scholarship available to attend 2017 Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference

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In partnership with Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation’s Environmental Leadership Pathways Initiative, the HCC Student Scholarship Program aims to provide a one-of-a-kind career development opportunity for students and emerging professionals interested in pursuing a career in a conservation-related field. Eligibility Preference will be given to eligible applicants who meet the following evaluation criteria: Resident of Hawaiʻi Current Hawaiʻi high school junior or senior, OR a recent graduate of a Hawaiʻi high school Current post-secondary student (enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, associates, etc. program) Emerging professional that recently graduated, and is no more than three years into his/her career Have demonstrated a commitment to conservation in Hawaiʻi Applicants will be also be evaluated on: Program eligibility requirements Completed application Personal Statement In addition, the students that are accepted into the Student Scholarship…
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