Events and News

Archived CNCS Showcases

FALL 2014

ACM 2014 teamsHPU's Computer Science teams compete in regional student programming competition

HPU sent students to the Hawaii site of the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Pacific Northwest Regional Programming Contest, which is part of the larger International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Each of the 2014 teams won their respective divisions, making it the fifth time a team from HPU has done so since 2003. This year, the winning teams were Division 1 team 00FF00 (hexidecimal for the color green) with Kevin Goo, Jon Real, and Allison Diller; and Division 2 Team FF0000 (hexidecimal for red, predominant in Norway's flag) with Demie Delos Santos and two visiting students from Norway, Christian Hunstand and Chris Forberg. Both teams were coached by Associate Professor Curt Powley, Ph.D.



Advances made on potential new feed for shrimp broodstock

The director of the Shrimp Department research team at Oceanic Institute of HPU, Dustin Moss (BS '97), Ph.D., along with Research Technician Cassandra Turner (BS '13, MSMS student), and HPU Associate Professor of Biology Catherine Unabia, Ph.D., received recognition in "Shrimp News International" for their work, funded by the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture. The group has successfully identified and cultured a local marine worm species, which appears to be a suitable feed for shrimp broodstock.

SEA Semester

HPU and SEA Semester partner to present Aloha 'Aina: People & Nature in the Hawaiian Islands

Aloha ‘Āina, a Hawaiian conception of ‘love of the land,’ describes a deep and enduring relationship between Hawaiian people and the land and ocean resources that sustain them.After two weeks of on shore preparation, the SSV Robert C. Seamans set sail for a three week voyage around the Hawaiian Islands. Keep up with the students and crew here as they explore service-learning, community development, and resource management.


SeabirdHPU continues work with Hawai'i Audubon to improve nesting habitat for Wedge-tailed Shearwaters at the Freeman Seabird Preserve, Blackpoint, Oahu

The Hawai’i Pacific University Pelagicos Lab, under the direction of Associate Professor David Hyrenbach, Ph.D., continues to work with Hawai’i Audubon to restore and manage the one-acre Freeman Seabird Preserve at Blackpoint on Oahu. Volunteers worked every Saturday morning during the non-breeding season (early January to late March), weeding invasive plants, planting native vegetation, and building artificial nest sites using roof tiles from Reuse Hawai’i. The ongoing monitoring program first began in 2008, and chick survivorship and growth is monitored from mid-July to mid-December with help from undergraduate students enrolled in a Seabird Ecology and Conservation course. (Image Gallery 2014) (Image Gallery 2013)


ENVS students sampling He'eia Stream

HPU teams with a local non-profit and a native plant nursery to improve water quality in the He`eia  Ahupua`a

Hawaii Pacific University has teamed up with Hui o Ko’olaupoko and Hui ku Maoli Ola (one of Oahu's leading native plant nurseries) for the He'eia Stream Restoration Project. This project was designed to restore approximately 4,000 feet of riparian habitat along the upper reaches of He'eia Stream back to native vegetation in an effort to improve water quality and aquatic habitats for native and endemic aquatic species. Dr. Susan Carstenn's graduate and undergraduate students (along with Hui o Ko'olaupoko staff and community volunteers) are monitoring water quality, erosion, and vegetation within the designated restoration zone. The project is coordinated by Hui o Ko'olaupoko and funded by Hawaii Department of Heath via U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Non-point Source Pollution Control Program. To volunteer, contact Hui O Koolaupoko or Hui ku Maoli Ola.

FALL 2012


MSMS graduate thesis chapter is published.

Jessica Lopez (MSMS '12), published part of her Master’s thesis research in the scientific journal Marine Pollution Bulletin (year 2012, volume 64, pages 2588–2598) shortly after graduation as part of HPU's ongoing collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA). Ms Lopez analyzed contaminants in endangered monk seals in relation to age, sex, and location in the main Hawaiian islands with funding from NOAA's Nancy Foster fellowship. The publication's findings may be implemented in the creation of the updated fishery service Recovery Plan for the species.