System: The future of water in Hawai’i at the center of the UH innovation conference

University of Hawaii


One of the featured sessions will focus on the cultural and historical significance of water.
UH experts and industry leaders will discuss how to solve water issues in Hawaiʻi.
UH experts and industry leaders will discuss how to solve water issues in Hawaiʻi.

Link to video and sound (details below):

WHAT: The University of Hawaii will host “Water Resilience in Hawai’ia day-long, in-person conference focused on solving water challenges, and will also highlight how strategies from Hawaii’s ancient water management systems can provide guidance on water management practices. catering today. UH will provide an additional collaborative opportunity between the university and its industry and community partners to engage in meaningful partnerships to address water-related issues, while promoting economic stability and sustainability in Hawaii’ i.

WHY: Water has always been our most precious resource. Combined with Hawai’i’s geographic isolation, it is especially important to develop resilient and sustainable practices to ensure that future generations can live, work and play safely on the islands. As the state’s largest research institution, UH has a responsibility to help improve the quality of life for our residents and those around the world through innovative research and education.

WHO: UH system leaders, Native Hawaiian experts and researchers, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, state and city experts, and community partners

WHEN: October 28, 8:30 a.m.–5:45 p.m.

WHERE: Hawaii Convention Center


  • One of the featured morning sessions will focus on the cultural and historical significance of water in Hawai’i. Experts from UH, including those involved with important cultural organizations in Hawai’i, will share their knowledge.
  • Other sessions include: Hawai’i Water Policy and Strategy; Challenges, Opportunities, Strategies, and Tactics for Addressing Water Quality Issues in Hawai’i; and Red Hill… Moving Forward.
  • The conference is sponsored by the UH Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation in partnership with the Native Hawaiian Community Development Corporation and the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation.
  • There are approximately 60 places left. Register on this site.


0:00-0:53 – Various bodies of water


Kamuela Enos/Director, UH Office of Indigenous Knowledge and Innovation

(8 seconds)

“We need to understand the systems of the past and the history of how we got to where we are to really have a clear idea of ​​what the future looks like.”

(12 seconds)

“There will be a series of speakers, primarily kānaka, scholars and professors who will share this manaʻo, these perspectives and viewpoints to help inform conversations later in the day.”

(12 seconds)

“So I hope this will be the first of many spaces where speaking faculty will have the chance to continue to share and help support contemporary work in innovation and restoration.”

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