Water Resilience in Hawai‘i

Water Resilience in Hawai‘i

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A UH Innovation Conference

Title Sponsor:

Native Hawaiian Community Development Corporation

Water has always been our most precious resource and recent events have highlighted how fragile this lifeline can be. Combined with Hawai‘i’s geographic isolation, it is especially important to develop resilient and sustainable practices to ensure that future generations can safely live, work and play in the islands. As the state’s largest research institution, the University of Hawai‘i (UH) has an obligation to help improve the quality of life for our residents and to those around the world though innovative research and education.

Water Resilience in Hawai‘i creates an opportunity for further collaboration between UH and its industry and community partners to engage in meaningful partnerships to solve these challenges, while promoting economic stability and viability in Hawai‘i.

Also sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and:

Session Topics

  • A Look at the Cultural and Historical Significance of Water in Hawai‘i
  • Water Policy and Strategy in Hawai‘i
  • Challenges, Opportunities, Strategies and Tactics to Address Water Quality Issues in Hawai‘i
  • Red Hill…Moving Forward
  • HITIDE: A sneak peak at UH’s new innovation incubator


$100/per person*
Limited to the first 200 registrants

*includes continental breakfast, lunch and networking reception



Keynote Speakers

Kiana Frank
Asst. Research Professor, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, UH Mānoa

Edward Laws
Professor, Environmental Sciences, College of the Coast & Environment, Louisiana State University; Emeritus Professor of Oceanography, UH Mānoa

Brian Schatz
U.S. Senator


  • Roger Babcock
    Director, Department of Environmental Services, City and County of Honolulu
  • Kamanamaikalani Beamer
    Professor, Hui ʻĀina Momona Program, UH Mānoa
  • Leah Bremer
    Assoc. Specialist, Water Resources Research Center, UH Mānoa; Dir., Environmental Policy and Planning Group, UH Economic Research Organization
  • Christina Comfort
    Program Manager, WAI: Wastewater Alternatives and Innovations
  • Kamuela Enos
    Director, Office of Indigenous Innovation, UH System
  • Captain Cameron Geertsema
    Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Hawai‘i
  • Thomas Giambelluca
    Professor/Director, Water Resources Research Center, UH Mānoa
  • Major General Mark A. Hashimoto
    Mobilization Assistant to the Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
  • Aurora Kagawa-Viviani
    Asst. Prof. Geography and Environment, UH Mānoa; Commissioner, Commission on Water Resource Management, State of Hawai‘i
  • Kaleo Manuel
    Deputy Director, Commission on Water Resource Management, State of Hawai‘i
  • Dana Okano
    Program Director, Hawai‘i Community Foundation
  • Joseph Pickard
    Chairman/President, Native Hawaiian Community Development Corporation
  • Sina Pruder
    Engineering Program Manager, Environmental Mgmt. Div., Wastewater Branch, State of Hawaiʻi Department of Health
  • Christin Reynolds
    Director, One World One Water
  • Joanna Seto
    Environmental Health Program Administrator, Environmental Mgmt. Div., State of Hawai‘i Dept. of Health
  • Kapuaʻala Sproat
    Professor/Director, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, UH Mānoa
  • Tara Sutton
    Undergraduate Student/Member, University of Hawai‘i Red Hill Task Force
  • Vassilis L. Syrmos
    Vice President for Research and Innovation, UH System
  • Donald Thomas
    Sr. Researcher/Co-Founder, Hawai‘i Groundwater & Geothermal Research Center, UH Mānoa
  • Lauren Roth Venu
    Principal, Roth Ecological Design Int. LLC
  • Juanita Kanehailua Wolfgramm
    Vice President, Native Hawaiian Community Development Corporation
  • Tao Yan
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UH Mānoa
  • George Yarbrough
    Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs Director, UH Office of Innovation and Commercialization

Marc Arakaki, Communications Specialist, UH Office of Communications
Moanike‘ala Nabarro, Spokesperson, UH Office of Communications

Speakers, content, dates and times are subject to change


Date And Time

10-28-2022 , 07:30 AM to
10-28-2022 , 05:45 PM

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