2011 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference
The annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) is the largest gathering of people actively involved in the protection and management of Hawai‘i’s natural environment. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate information transfer and interaction between natural resource managers and the scientific community.
19th Annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference
Island Ecosystems: The Year of the ForestAugust 2-4, 2011 • Hawai‘i Convention Center • Honolulu, HI
The 2011 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference theme was aligned with the United Nation’s International Year of Forests, which focused on raising awareness at all levels to strengthen the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations. The conference theme acknowledged the mauka to makai connection in Hawai‘i, giving conference attendees the opportunity to participate in scientific and technical symposia, forums, workshops and panel and poster sessions related to Hawai‘i’s forests and oceans. Session topics explored management, research, cultural, and educational work on forest ecosystems in Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Read More >>
Message from Senator Inouye Read United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye's letter to the 2011 Hawai'i Conservation Conference!
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William N. KostkaExecutive Director
Micronesia Conservation Trust
William Kostka was born and raised on the island of Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia. He is the Executive Director of the Micronesia Conservation Trust, a charitable and irrevocable corporation organized to support biodiversity conservation and related sustainable development for the people of Micronesia by providing long term sustained funding. Read Bio »
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W.S. MerwinPoet Laureate
William Stanley Merwin is an American poet, credited with over 30 books of poetry, translation and prose. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin's unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 1980s and 1990s, Merwin's writing influence derived from his interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology. Residing in Hawaii, he writes prolifically and is dedicated to the restoration of the islands' rainforests. Read Bio »
Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance AwardsThe Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance strives to recognize achievements in the Hawaiian conservation community at all levels, from high school students to seasoned professionals. Each year the HCA presents a variety of awards, the recipients of which are honored at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference.
Distinguished Service AwardGiven to a person who has excelled by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, thereby making distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position. This individual has reached the highest esteem within the conservation community and embodies the spirit of hope, the dedication of purpose, and the tenacity of firm belief that our native ecosystems are a valued component of our heritage and our gift to Hawai‘i’s children.
Robert Masuda, University of Hawai'i
Jim Maragos, Retired Coral Reef Biologist, Pacific Reefs National Wildlife Refuge Complex, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Outstanding Leadership AwardGiven to a person who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing environmental conservation in Hawai‘i over the short to medium term (several years to a decade). Marjorie Ziegler
Marjorie Ziegler, Executive Director, Conservation Council for Hawai'i
Conservation Innovation AwardGiven to the instigators or champions of a procedure that leads to significant advances to the structure or nature of environmental conservation in Hawai'i.
John Leong, Gerry Kahookano, Pono Pacific Land Management, LLC
Student AwardsEach year at the conference, the HCA awards prizes to the top student oral and poster presenters. Monetary awards were sponsored by the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance and The Wildlife Society-Hawai'i Chapter.
Best Student Oral Presentation:
Best Student Poster Presentation:
Cynthia Nazario-Leary, “Understory Forest Cultivation of Three Native Plants under Different Light Conditions”