Hawaiian Islands Science, also known as HI Sci, is a University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) Native Hawaiian graduate student-driven initiative targeted at raising awareness and interaction between Native Hawaiians, the UHM student body, administration, affiliates, community of the Hawaiian Islands and members of the Hawai‘i Science community. HI Sci aims to amplify the presence, knowledge and voices of the community at large and Native Hawaiian students within the Hawaiian Island science community.
HI Sci provides general community members a chance to explore the potential benefits of traditional and scientific knowledge, how these methodologies are being applied to contemporary issues, as well as cultural and social implications that may come from these forms of inquiry. Through creating a focused space where the general community and Native Hawaiians feel welcomed HI Sci aims to empower Hawai‘i’s residents to make informed decisions, through direct interaction with scientists, managers and community resource specialists for the benefit and prolonged sustainability of our island communities.
COSEE Island Earth is a collaborative initiative among university, government, research, and community partners to improve connections between scientists and educators, inform ocean science educational practices, and enhance ocean literacy in Hawaii.
Judith Lemus Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology University of Hawaii