Water Resilience in Hawai‘i

A UH Innovation Conference
October 28, 2022

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.

Water Resilience in Hawai‘i is sponsored by the
University of Hawaiʻi Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation

Keynote Speakers:

  • Roger Babcock, Director, Environmental Services, City and County of Honolulu
  • Kamanamaikalani BeamerProfessor, Hui ʻĀina Momona Program, William S. Richardson School of Law, UH Mānoa
  • Kamuela EnosDirector, Office of Indigenous Innovation, UH System
  • Thomas GiambellucaDirector, Water Resources Research Center, UH Mānoa
  • Major Gen. Mark A. HashimotoMobilization Assistant to the Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
  • Aurora Kagawa-VivianiAsst. Professor, Water Resources Research Center, UH Mānoa; Commission on Water Resource Management, State of Hawaii
  • M. Kaleo ManuelDeputy Director, Commission on Water Resource Management, State of Hawai‘i
  • Dana OkanoProgram Director, Hawai‘i Community Foundation
  • Joseph PickardPresident, Community Planning & Engineering, Inc.
  • D. Kapuaʻala SproatProfessor/Director, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, UH Mānoa
  • Vassilis L. SyrmosVice President for Research and Innovation, UH System
  • Tara SuttonUndergraduate Student/Member, University of Hawai‘i Red Hill Task Force
  • Donald ThomasSr. Researcher/Co-Founder, Hawai‘i Groundwater & Geothermal Research Center, UH Mānoa
  • Lauren Roth VenuPrincipal, Roth Ecological Design, Int. LLC
  • Tao YanProfessor, Civil Engineering, UH Mānoa
  • George YarbroughInnovation and Entrepreneurship Programs Director, UH Office of Innovation and Commercialization
  • And more…
  • EmceeMoanikeʻala NabarroSpokesperson, UH Communications 


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