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Oct 30, 2017, 5:00 PM
Kona resident Werner Thie is on the way instrumenting his coffee farm with a number of different types of sensors. Come hear about the solar-powered wireless sensor nodes he is designing for it.
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Sep 18, 2017, 5:00 PM
Carolyn Ma, Dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at UH Hilo, will talk about the College's programs, especially its clinical pharmacy practice projects.
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Aug 21, 2017, 5:00 PM
This talk takes place miles away from the near shore comfort zone and into open-ocean pelagic waters at night. Here, Jeff presents data-driven observations and a selection from his unique photo catalog to expose you to this strange world.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Jan 26, 2015, 5:00 PM
Join us for the 4th annual robotics design review