He Wa’a He Moku Mālama Honua, Caring for the Island Earth


Hats off to the Hawai’i Conservation Alliance and Foundation, the sponsors, and endless volunteers that made this year’s conference a huge success. It was so fun to see conservation professionals, biocultural resource managers, scientists, students, and interested community members come together over three days and share their work. The conference was held July 18-20 at […]

National Adaptation Forum 2017


The National Adaptation Forum was held in Saint Paul, Minnesota May 9-11, 2017. EcoAdapt, one of our partners working with us on the Hawaiian Islands Terrestrial Adaptation Initiative (HITAI), hosted this event. This forum brought together over 950 adaptation professionals, dealing with all aspects of the problem that climate change poses to our society. Around the theme of Action […]

Island Sustainability Conference: Cultivating Communities for Sustainable Action


Cultivating communities for sustainable action was the theme for the 8th Regional Island Sustainability Conference that took place April 19-20, 2017. The conference was hosted by the University of Guam with approximately 285 people in attendance contributing to the collective works of understanding island sustainability challenges. Their call for proposals emphasized two categories: the call […]

Keep Your Eye on the Prize: Protecting our Natural & Cultural Resources

Eye on the Prize

EcoAdapt’s Adaptation Workshop for Maui, Lanai, and Kaho’olawe April 4-5, 2017 Mahalo nui loa Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary for hosting EcoAdapt’s two-day Climate Adaptation Workshop! What a remarkable space to bring together over 40 land managers & decision makers from federal, state, county, watershed groups and non-profits. As people filled the room, […]

Highlights from the NCA4-Town Hall in Honolulu

NCA - Light

The Town Hall on March 6, 2017 was an opportunity to provide early input to the 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA4) development process about how climate change affects different sectors, livelihoods, and ecosystems in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands. This document comes out every four years and is mandated by law. Science and new data are being generated all […]

The Future is Behind Us: How we are learning from local and traditional ecological knowledge in Hawai‘i to adapt to future change


By Heather McMillen Aunty Hannah Springer of Kaʻūpūlehu shares her moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy) of people and place during a panel presentation for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress, Honolulu September 4, 2016 (video courtesy of Yvonne Yarber Carter)   The Hawaiian proverb I ka wā ma mua, i ka wā ma hope translates to ‘‘in the […]

A Global Resolution to Protect Hawai`i’s Forest Birds

ʿAkekeʿe (Credit: Lucas Behnke)

At the conclusion of the IUCN World Conservation Congress earlier this month, a resolution was brought forth to protect Hawai`i’s bird species. This resolution acknowledged the extreme and urgent need to develop techniques to control or eradicate invasive mosquitoes, thereby protecting the forest birds from the most critical threat to their well-being: avian malaria. The […]

The PIRCA Website is now live!


From the PIRCA press release: HONOLULU (September 14, 2016) — The Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) has launched its new website at PIRCA.org.  The website provides a wealth of information and resources about climate change in Hawai‘i and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). The new website makes it easier to access the 2012 PIRCA […]

Local and Global Environmental Gatherings: Hawaiian Islands Climate Synthesis Project meets in Kahului and the IUCN meets in Honolulu

Local resource managers discuss different combinations of climate drivers and consider the planning implications for Maui, Lānaʻi, and Kaho‘olawe.

During the first ten days of September, Hawai‘i hosted the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. Over 10,000 representatives from environmental non-profit organizations, government agencies, private businesses, and academic institutions convened in Honolulu. President Barack Obama used the opportunity to speak on the topic of climate change to Pacific Island […]