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University of Hawaiʻi Hosting Free Virtual Conference Blending Culture & Science

November 8, 2021, 8:00 AM HST
* Updated November 7, 12:48 PM
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A virtual conference called “Blending of Culture and Science” will be hosted Nov. 15-17 by the University of Hawaiʻi Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. Photo Courtesy: UH

The University of Hawaiʻi Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation is hosting an online conference called “Blending of Culture and Science” on Nov. 15-17.

The conference will bring together a wide range of experts to discuss steps toward creating a balance between science and culture, which are essential to a sustainable future in Hawai‘i and around the world. Culture and science have sought to answer the questions about who we are, where we come from and where we are going.

Sessions of the conference include:

  • Connecting Hawaiian Indigenous Culture with Modern Astronomy, Monday, Nov. 15, 8 to 10 am
  • Conservation of Our Ahupua‘a, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 8 to 10 am
  • Innovating to Impact Hawai‘i and the World, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 8 to 10 am

The pubic is invited to attend the conference, which requires registration on the UH Research and Innovation website. Capacity is limited to the first 1,000 attendees. 

Keynote speakers include:

  • US Sen. Brian Schatz
  • Kamuela Enos, UH Office of Indigenous Innovation director
  • Ka‘iu Kimura, UH Hilo ʻImiloa Astronomy Center executive director
  • Larry Kimura, UH Hilo Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language associate professor
  • Doug Simons, UH Mānoa Institute for Astronomy director
  • Kirsten Leute, Osage University Partners

Additional panelists and speakers include UH President David Lassner, UH Mānoa Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology Interim Director Christopher Sabine, Hawai‘i Investment Ready CEO Keoni Lee and Jelly Co-Founder Cindy Wu.


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