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Jul 24, 2017, 5:00 PM
Some small landowners are planting high-value hardwoods like mahogany and koa for eventual use as cabinet or furniture woods. Others are managing native forests purely for conservation. Dr. Friday will describe some of these projects and provide an update on Rapid `Ohia Death, a fungal disease that is killing `ohia trees around Hawaii island.
Jun 27, 2017, 5:00 PM
Smart Yields is a start-up with a mobile and desktop app that aims to analyze, predict, and alert farmers of environmental conditions for control over farm health from a variety of sensors.
Jun 19, 2017, 6:00 PM
The Hawaiian Islands have created an oasis in the central Pacific, and are home to 11 different species of whales and dolphins. Robin Baird, research biologist with Cascadia Research Collective will talk about how we have learned about these species, including acoustics, photo-identification, genetics, and satellite tagging.
May 22, 2017, 5:00 PM
Ke Kai Ola is a satellite facility of The Marine Mammal Center, and the only Hawaiian Monk Seal hospital in the State of Hawai'i. Come learn about their rehabilitation and research work, and why only 2 seals remain resident on Hawaii Island, and the rest are transient.
Apr 24, 2017, 5:00 PM
Digital Life is a non-profit initiative to produce accurate, high-quality three-dimensional (3D) models of live animals to benefit science, conservation and education. Come listen to Christine Shepard, photographer and one of the co-founders of Digital Life, describe the process and show results to date. An upcoming project will scan all 7 species of sea turtles.
Feb 28, 2017, 5:00 PM
What should the future of education look like in West Hawaii and how does it support the science, innovation, and entrepreneurship programs in our community? Join Ted Dintersmith and a panel of local education and technology leaders to consider these important issues.
Jan 25, 2017, 5:00 PM
A team of students from MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering presents research from two studies on Hawaii Island during a winter-term field class. They linked soil nutrients with plant health, aided by data gathered from an unmanned aerial vehicle. A second project measured sulfur dioxide levels using home-build low-cost sensors.
Jan 23, 2017, 5:00 PM
Join us for the 6th annual Robotics Design Review. Midway into the FIRST Robotics Competition's build period, our high school robotics teams will show their plans for winning robots.
Dec 19, 2016, 5:00 PM
This month's Kona Science Cafe is a Geography double-header featuring a faculty member and undergraduate student from Sam Houston State University. They will share their perspective on Hawaii Island aquarium fisheries management and the Hawaiian influence on mainland blues culture.
Nov 14, 2016, 5:00 PM
Jan War, Operations Manager at NELHA, recently made three inspection dives on NELHA's deep seawater pipelines in the PICES V submersible. He will present results of the inspection dives, show high definition video segments of each dive and the fascinating deep sea critters that grow on or nearby the pipelines. Come share the experience that he considers one of the highlights of his career.
Oct 17, 2016, 5:00 PM
`Ike Wai (literally, knowledge of water) is a collaborative project between the University of Hawai‘i, Hawaii State Departments of Health and Land and Natural Resources, Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Hawai‘i County Department of Water Supply, U.S. Geological Survey and community partners to create a data driven, sustainable water future for the state of Hawai‘i and its Pacific neighbors.
Sep 26, 2016, 5:00 PM
NELHA has extensively renovated their office building as a business incubator, including resources from HTDC and SBDC. Come see the new space and hear about services available to entrepreneurs.
Aug 29, 2016, 6:00 PM
The HI-SEAS IV team exits their simulated Mars habitat in late August after a year of isolation. Join us the next day to hear about their mission, their individual research, and insights they gained from the experience. Now that they have been on "Mars" for a year, what message do they have for the people of Earth?
Jul 25, 2016, 5:00 PM
(No Event) The Cafe is on vacation for July.
Jun 27, 2016, 5:00 PM
Organic waste such as kitchen waste, grass clipping, fruit waste and weeds contains large amounts of nutrients and energy. This energy can be harvested using anaerobic digestion process, and is applicable to small coffee and fruit plantations on Hawaii Island.
May 23, 2016, 5:00 PM
In 1978, Congress established Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park to preserve, interpret, and perpetuate traditional native Hawaiian activities and culture by protecting the cultural and natural resources within the Park. Jeff Zimpfer will speak about the establishment of the Park, the Park’s natural and cultural resources, stewardship opportunities and long-term plans, and the efforts the NPS is taking to preserve Park resources for future generations.
Apr 25, 2016, 5:00 PM
Kampachi Farms’ has pioneered the Velella project, demonstrating two new concepts: untethered, open ocean "drifter pens"; and “over-the-horizon aquaculture”™. Co-founder Neil Sims will discuss the latest developments in open-ocean aquaculture.
Mar 28, 2016, 5:00 PM
In addition to county and state responses to the dengue fever outbreak, community action can be quite effective. Mosquito traps can substantially reduce the mosquito population and break the cycle of infection. Van Eden will describe how he has reverse engineered a number of commercial and research traps to enable anyone to make effective traps using relatively safe chemicals and containers like jars or buckets.
Feb 29, 2016, 5:00 PM
Seismic monitoring at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to detect and track patterns of earthquake activity that foreshadow eruptions at both Kilauea and Mauna Loa Volcanoes. Elevated levels of seismicity recently noted beneath Mauna Loa, along with suggestive patterns of measured ground surface deformations, suggest that the volcano is at an elevated level of unrest. HVO geophysicist Paul Okubo will discuss the current seismic state of Mauna Loa, as well as seismological observations that HVO has keyed on in the past to issue eruption forecasts.
Feb 10, 2016, 5:00 PM
Far Out! Medicine on Mars will provide an overview of the medical challenges associated with travel to and habitation on Mars. Among other issues, the problems created by microgravity, isolation, toxic dust exposure, and a lack of complex medical care will be discussed. A brief introduction to "sMars" (simulated Mars) and the current HI-SEAS Mission IV on Mauna Loa will also be provided.
Jan 25, 2016, 5:00 PM
Join us for the 5th annual Robotics Design Review. Midway into the FIRST Robotics Competition's build period, our high school robotics teams will show their plans for winning robots. This year's game is an assault on a castle; it should be a fascinating evening.
Dec 14, 2015, 5:00 PM
Prof. Tadafumi Adschiri is an international leader in the field of supercritical water technology and a member of the Science Council of Japan. His research in the generation of nano-catalysts with supercritical water has significant impacts on the future of renewable energy, especially as it relates to biomass conversion.
Nov 23, 2015, 5:00 PM
How can visual media be used as an effective outreach and marketing tool for science? Come meet underwater photographer and science communication specialist Christine Shepard and learn about her role in launching an innovative research and outreach program for the University of Miami’s Shark Research Lab.
Oct 26, 2015, 5:00 PM
What's the connection between wind power and our water supply? Come hear how a proposed new wind farm will save Hawaii County water supply customers one million dollars per year in energy costs.
Sep 28, 2015, 5:00 PM
Paniolo Power, a subsidiary of Parker Ranch, made a splash last year when they announced they could provide renewable electricity for the Kohala region more cost effectively than the utility. General Manager Jose Dizon will present parts of the more detailed investigations they have been pursuing with their partners Siemens and Booz Allen since that time.
Aug 31, 2015, 5:00 PM
Are you someone who holds or would like to hold events to connect and support Hawaii's entrepreneurial, investor and corporate communities? Come learn about how you can apply for grant money to support these events. Are you just interested in the tech scene? Come and meet fellow science and tech professionals.
Apr 27, 2015, 5:00 PM
At least 60 cases of rat lungworm disease (RLWD) have been documented in humans in Hawaii, most of them originating from the Puna district of Hawaii Island. While symptoms can be mild and flu-like, there have been many severe cases that have resulted in long-term disability and even death.
Mar 30, 2015, 5:00 PM
NELHA has been monitoring its equipment using a variety of disparate systems. Over the past year or so, it has been upgrading to a comprehensive data acquisition system. It is now possible to get real-time data on pumping stations and their power usage, which will allow them to improve pumping efficiencies and reduce operational costs.
Feb 23, 2015, 5:00 PM
Anyone can fly an unmanned aircraft, but it takes a special understanding of Geographic Information Systems to turn imagery into actionable data. University of Hawaii-Hilo has been using UAVs to map the active lava flow on the Big Island since October, 2014, in direct support of Hawaii Civil Defense and USGS disaster relief efforts.
Jan 26, 2015, 5:00 PM
Join us for the 4th annual robotics design review