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Highlights - UH Sea Grant in the News
Shellfish Show Promise
Dr. Maria Haws, UH Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension Specialist, is quoted on the front page of the Honolulu Star Advertiser’s Money section.
It's always good to prepare for the worst
Dennis Hwang, University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant Coastal Hazard Mitigation Specialist, outlines some of the risks coastal residents in Hawai‘i face, and simple and practical tips on what we can do today to be more prepared. His advice covers such topics as emergency supplies, evacuation planning, home preparation, insurance, and how to stay abreast of the most recent developments and advisories during an emergency.
Tsunami bolsters confidence in inundation maps
Dr. Kwok Fai Cheung, UH Sea Grant researcher and UH Manoa Ocean and Resources Engineering professor, was featured in this story on Hawaii News Now. Dr. Cheung is a tsunami expert and has developed a two-dimensional tsunami model which simulates tsunami inundation in coastal areas. The recent tsunami was recorded by many instruments, and this data has given Dr. Cheung more confidence in the accuracy of the model. He also offers an interesting explanation for the intensity of the waves that hit the Kona Coast on the Big Island.
University of Hawaii teams up with Starkist cannery in American Samoa
The University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant Program is working with StarKist Samoa to find out if the cannery can provide a much needed supply of fish feed for local tilapia farms.Sea Grant’s junior extension agent, Ephraim Temple, says the Grant will test samples from StarKist’s cannery in American Samoa to analyze for nutritional content.
Tsunami wave height not basis for setting inundation zones
Dr. Kwok Fai Cheung, UH Sea Grant researcher and professor in the Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering at UH Manoa, was quoted in today’s Honolulu Star Advertiser explaining how the tsunami evacuation zones were determined. Dr. Cheung and Yoshiki Yamazaki, a UH Sea Grant Graduate Trainee, developed the two-dimensional tsunami model which was used to update the new tsunami inundation maps for Oahu and Hawai‘i Island. These were released to the public in 2010, and the maps for the island of Maui are currently being finalized. Before this the maps had not been updated in 20 years.
Give and Get Weekend at Ward Centers
Local nonprofits and school groups are selling $10 tickets to the event and will keep 100% of the proceeds from their ticket sales.
Ticketholders will receive exclusive discounts at more than 90 Ward shops and restaurants, gift-with-purchase, enter-to-win shopping sprees, free family fun activities, and other festivities.
The cooling wave
UH Sea Grant, in partnership with Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts, is studying the feasibility of using cold sea water to air condition hotels and other buildings in Waikiki. If successful this could result in significant cost savings in electricity as a high percentage of hotel electricity bills go toward conventional air conditioning systems.
Funding for the project has been awarded to the UH Sea Grant Center for Sustainable Coastal Tourism by the State of Hawai‘i Department of Economic Development and Tourism as part of federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Guiding Homeowners to Reduce Their Risks from Natural Hazards
UH Sea Grant assists the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium in developing a series of Handbooks modeled after Hawai'i's Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards.
UH's Sea Grant program focuses on sustainability in the new decade
This front page article of the Honolulu Advertiser's Life section highlights UH Sea Grant and, in particular, the newly created centers of excellence. It includes photos of UH Sea Grant extension agents Dr. Bob Howerton, Dolan Eversole, and Jolie Wanger, as well as architectural renderings created by UH architecture students. Congratulations to Dr. Gordon Grau for his insightful quotes throughout the article.