Tag Archives: University of Hawaii

OHA says state is incapable of giving Mauna Kea “level of aloha” it deserves


Hawaii News Digest, 09 November 2017, 0510 UTC, Post #15932.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36796456/oha-files-lawsuit-against-state-over-mauna-kea-mismanagement

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) is taking the State of Hawaii to court, claiming that the state and the University of Hawaii “have failed to fulfill its trust obligations relating to Mauna Kea.”  The suit also calls “for the termination of the lease that allows UH to manage observatories atop the mountain.”

UH spokesman Dan Meisenzahl calls the charges inaccurate and unfair:

“To say that there’s been gross mismanagement is not accurate at all and quite frankly not fair…More work needs to be done, but to disregard everything that’s happened on the mountain on one point or on an audit that dates back 20 years. is inaccurate and unfair.”

The state attorney general, Douglas Chin, is reviewing the case.

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Move to Hawaii and become less racist


Hawaii News Digest, 07 October 2017, 0635 UTC, Post #15727.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36542385/studys-conclusion-move-to-hawaii-become-less-racist

Reporter:  Allyson Blair (Hawaii News Now).

Accessed on 07 October 2017, 0635 UTC.

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Comment:

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Hawaii suggests that moving to Hawaii can make people less racist.

UH associate professor of psychology Kristin Pauker says Hawaii’s cultural diversity can alter one’s understanding of other people, especially where no one single ethnic group dominates the population:

“The thing that changed the most was their ideas about race as a category…I think there is something unique about being in an environment where everywhere you look you see someone who doesn’t necessarily look like you.”

Over the course of the school year, the study found, the ethnicity of other people became less important to many of the study participants.

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University of Hawaii creates new video to reassure concerned international students


Hawaii News Digest, 06 October 2017, 0530 UTC, Post #15721.

Source:

https://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2017/10/05/university-of-hawaii-creates-new-video-reassure.html

Reporter:  H. J. Mai (Pacific Business News).

Accessed on 06 October 2017, 0530 UTC.

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Comment:

In an attempt to mitigate the damage done to international travel by new federal travel restrictions, the University of Hawaii has produced a new video  addressed to its current and future international student body.  The new video is titled “You are welcome here”, and it features current UH students, faculty, and staff offering words of welcome in 17 languages.

According to reporter H. J. Mai, the University of Hawaii has a huge economic and political stake in reversing the current travel ban:

“The state of Hawaii challenged the original ban in court. The U.S. Supreme Court recently directed the state to file additional arguments analyzing the new ban.”

“However, the travel restriction could not only impact the reputation of U.S. colleges and universities, it could also negatively affect the institutions’ bottom lines.”

“A report by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism found that international students contributed more than $225 million to Hawaii’s economy during the 2016-17 school year.”

“Foreign students contributed $32 million in state taxes during the previous school year, while close to 5,100 jobs were supported by foreign student spending…”

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A 17-year study reveals primary cause of reef fish decline in Hawaii


Hawaii News Digest, 02 October 2017, 0440 UTC, Post #15695.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36496294/a-17-year-study-reveals-primary-cause-of-reef-fish-decline-in-hawaii

Accessed on 02 October 2017, 0440 UTC.

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Comment:

University of Hawaii marine ecologist Dr. Alan M. Friedlander has just released the results of a 17-year study into causes of reef fish decline in Hawaii.

According to Dr. Friedlander, “overfishing is the culprit to the decline of reef fish in the main Hawaiian islands.” Dr. Friedlander adds that “fishing is more detrimental to reef fish populations than pollution or any other human influences. ”

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Ocean scientist from Hawaii earns fellowship | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


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Source: Ocean scientist from Hawaii earns fellowship | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ocean-scientist-hawaii-earns-fellowship).

Accessed on 12 October 2016, 20:15 hrs. UTC.

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Comment:

Hawaii-born oceanographer Anela Choy was among five recipients of the 2016 For Women in Science Fellowship.  The Fellowship awards $60,000 grants “to exemplary female scientists to advance their postdoctoral research.”

Ms. Choy is postdoctoral fellow in biological oceanography and marine ecology at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California.

Choy says her grant will further her research “into how food webs within the open ocean work, including how they are impacted by plastic pollution, fisheries and environmental change.”


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Ige mum on land transfer; Mauna Kea board expresses frustration over proposal to shift acreage to DLNR | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


If Gov. David Ige wants the Office of Mauna Kea Management to give up more than 10,000 acres, he’s going to have to talk to the agency first.

Source: Ige mum on land transfer; Mauna Kea board expresses frustration over proposal to shift acreage to DLNR | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ige-mum-on-land-transfer-mauna-kea-board-expresses-frustration-over-proposal-to-shift-acreage-to-dlnr).

Accessed on 05 October 2016, 14:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Comment:

Part of Hawaii Governor David Ige’s plan to reduce the number of telescopes on Mauna Kea was the transfer of more than 10,000 acres of land managed by the Office of Mauna Kea Management to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  That proposed transfer isn’t sitting well with the board of directors, who want to meet with the governor before the actual land transfer takes place.  Land management on the Mauna Kea summit has been in limbo since the start of a second contested case hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Critics of the governor’s 10-point plan are questioning whether DLNR can do a better job protecting the cultural and natural resources of the mountain.  Currently, the University of Hawaii leases 11,288 acres of the mountain from the state as part of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve.

According to reporter Tom Callis, “It remains unclear if the 10-point plan, which also calls for the removal of three telescopes by the time the controversial TMT is built, will still be implemented if construction of the $1.4 billion project ever resumes.”


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Working together will be the key; State’s biosecurity is responsibility of more than just one agency | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A proposed biosecurity plan for the state seeks additional funding and increased cooperation between government agencies to stop the spread of invasive species.

Source: Working together will be the key; State’s biosecurity is responsibility of more than just one agency | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/working-together-will-be-key-state-s-biosecurity-responsibility-more-than-just-one-agency).

Accessed on 08 September 2016, 12:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Comment:

Scott Enright, the chairman of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, says his department can’t stop the damage done by invasive species by itself. That goal can only be attained if state agencies work together and convince shippers, producers, and retailers to thoroughly inspect products before they are shipped to Hawaii.

Enright says a new Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan address more than 150 “action steps” needed to prevent invasive species from reaching Hawaii “in the first place.”

The biosecurity plan would incorporate efforts by the University of Hawaii, the state Department of Health, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources into a single, unified approach to stopping invasive species before they arrive in Hawaii.


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