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Aliʻi Wahine

By Jan TenBruggencate Queen Kaahumanu with her servant on rug, lithograph by Jean-Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine in 1822 after painting by Louis Choris, the artist aboard the Russian ship Rurick, which visited Hawai‘i in 1816. The role of women in early Hawaiian society was different from that of most other native cultures. [...]

By | 2017-03-24T09:34:00+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Projects Shift Focus to Maximize Recovery

One of the two female puaiohi that were released in the wild on Kaua‘i. Photo courtesy DLNR Dozens of times, over the course of nearly two decades, staff from one of two bird conservation centers on Maui and the Big Island boarded a Hawaiian Airlines plane with either a small wooden box or [...]

By | 2017-03-21T17:02:08+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Study Finds Less than 500 Puaiohi Left in the Wild, All on Kaua‘i

A new study found only 494 Puaiohi are left in the wild, and all of them are on Kaua‘i. Photo courtesy of DLNR A new study provides the first rigorous population estimate of an enigmatic endangered bird species found only on Kauai, the Puaiohi, or Small Kauai Thrush: 494 birds, according to a [...]

By | 2017-03-16T23:50:01+00:00 March 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Mosquito Birth Control to Save Hawaiian Birds (w/ video)

Hawaiian Honeycreeper. Photo courtesy of Hayataro Sakitsu To protect Hawaiʻi’s unique, imperiled native birds, researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and UH Hilo are teaming up with the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to adapt a birth control method used across the U.S. [...]

By | 2017-02-25T22:37:07+00:00 February 26th, 2017|0 Comments

UH Mānoa Gets Top International Ranking for Earth, Environmental Sciences (w/ video)

Shark research. Photo courtesy of UH The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is ranked 12th among universities internationally for earth and environmental sciences according to Nature Index, as reported by UH. The Nature Index ranks institutions based on the number of research papers published in Nature and a select group of other prestigious journals [...]

By | 2017-02-25T22:23:17+00:00 February 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Hottest, Most Buoyant Hotspots Draw from Deep, Primordial Reservoir Deep

Jasper Konter, next to rock dredge, sampling submarine hotspot volcanoes. Photo courtesy of Valerie Finlay, UH Mānoa Earth’s mantle — the layer between the crust and the outer core — is home to a primordial soup even older than the moon. Among the main ingredients is helium-3 (He-3), a vestige of the Big [...]

By | 2017-02-25T22:07:29+00:00 February 24th, 2017|0 Comments

World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird Hatches Chick at Midway Atoll

Wisdom and her new chick, February 2017.Photo courtesy of Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer Wisdom, the world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild, successfully hatched another chick at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, according to a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration news release. The [...]

By | 2017-02-25T21:59:41+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Daily Atmospheric Disturbance Leaves Footprints on Rainfall

Models only match observed peaks in Indonesian rainfall when upper atmospheric heating is included. (figure 1) No matter where you live, rain seems to fall more often at certain times of day, whether it is seen in the daily afternoon rainstorm or a typical overnight shower. Indeed, statistically, long-term average rainfall tends to [...]

By | 2017-02-13T18:11:13+00:00 February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Local Whales Highlighted in New Book

By Ruby Pap Rough-Toothed Dolphins spotted off Kaua‘i on Sept. 7, 2015. Photo by Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Until recently, I unconsciously used the term “whale seaso” without fully appreciating that besides our famous humpback visitors, there are many other species that are resident whales in Hawaiian waters. This is the subject of [...]

By | 2017-02-11T23:52:48+00:00 February 11th, 2017|0 Comments

New UH Study Revises Estimate of the Greatest Mass Extinction

Metalegoceras, which is a cephalopod related to the living chambered nautilus. Photo courtesy of Falls of the Ohio State Park, Clarksville, Indiana A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Steven Stanley, paleontologist at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, revised estimates of the largest [...]

By | 2017-02-07T23:57:03+00:00 February 9th, 2017|0 Comments