The meeting of more than 3,000 scientists, engineers and students was held in Honolulu. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s exhibit focused on the parallels between Hawaiian culture and science.
An article recently published in the online journal Nature Astronomy applauds the ability of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center to intersect indigenous knowledge with astronomy.
The Hawaiian Nutcracker is set in the 1800s at Hale Ali‘i, the royal palace named by Kamehameha III, with lead characters of a young David Kalākaua and Lydia Kamaka‘eha, both future monarchs of Hawai‘i. Dozens of dancers from UH Hilo, Hawai‘i Community College, and the Hawai‘i Island community will perform this adaptation of the holiday classic.
Budding cartographer Kaylyn Ells-Ho‘okano worked with her mentor Drew Kapp, a geographer at Hawai‘i Community College, to create a map showing details of the traditional land divisions in the district of Puna. The work honors the original names and ways of understanding the landscape.
At a public presentation, the Hawaiian language scholar and the research scientist compared the first 11 lines of an ancient Hawaiian creation chant to modern astronomical theories of the origins of the universe. The similarity between the two is astonishing.
Twenty-six years ago, Tarisi Vunidilo was an anthropology student at UH Hilo. She’s returned to UH Hilo as an assistant professor of anthropology with a passion to inspire students about the histories of places, artifacts, and indigenous people.
Native oysters cultured at the UH Hilo Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resource Center will be used to improve water quality at Sand Island, Honolulu. At ceremonies to launch the project, baskets of oysters were placed in the water at Honolulu Community College’s Marine Education Training Center and the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mooring area.
Associate Professor Makalapua was recognized by the National Indian Education Association for her 40 years of working on the reestablishment of Hawaiian as the primary language of the family and education. Her professional and research interests include Indigenous immersion education-program planning and evaluation, teacher education, and educational reform
At a workshop held on campus last Friday, astronomer Heather Kaluna and philosopher Celia Bardwell-Jones shared the example of their friendship to illustrate the value of civil discourse.
The UH Hilo Keaholoa STEM Scholars Program is part of a federal program designed to increase the number of Native Hawaiians and other minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Students in the program engage in scientifically rigorous research that is grounded in indigenous or native cultural practices and knowledge.