Monday, September 18, 2017

We Care Campus Safety Fair – Mahalo for Participating!

The Hawai‘i Pacific University ‘ohana and the larger community of Hawai‘i joined at Aloha Tower Marketplace (ATM) for the third annual “We Care!” Campus Safety Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The safety fair, co-founded by Marites McKee, Dean of Students, and Jan Boivin, General Counsel, focused on a wide array of campus safety issues, including sexual violence prevention, alcohol awareness education, natural disaster preparedness, and commuter and pedestrian safety.  A steady flow of visitors, including students and community members, attended the fair at the ATM atrium.

Adrienne Lampitelli, the Director of Student Activities and coordinator of the event, thanked the various HPU and community groups that supported the special evening.  “It was great to see not only our HPU community, but organizations from our local community come together to raise awareness about important issues and resources,” said Lampitelli.  

Pictured with representatives from the Honolulu Police Department, one of the fair’s 
participating organizations, are HPU staff from left to right: 
Director of Student Activities Adrienne Lampitelli, Dean of Students Marites McKee, and General Counsel Jan Boivin  
Visitors — including Provost Matthew Liao-Troth, Dean Allison Gough, Dean Brenda Jensen, Dean Warren Wee, and Dean Mani Sehgal — stopped by HPU’s Title IX and Dean of Students table, which included resources for victims of sexual assault and “beer goggles” that simulated the influence of alcohol on one’s visual perception and movement.  Others visited the Kapiolani Medical Center’s Sex Abuse Treatment Center table, learning the important message of “RESPECT,” and the Student Government Association was present to promote campus safety and natural disaster information and trivia. 

A warm Mahalo to our extended HPU ‘ohana, including community participants from the following organizations: the Honolulu Fire Department, the Honolulu Police Department (representatives in photo below), the Hawaii State Department of Health - Medical Reserve Corps, NOAA/National Weather Service, Bicycle Program - Department of Transportation Services, Walk Wise Hawai‘i Pedestrian Safety - Department of Transportation, the Domestic Violence Action Center, Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Child & Family Services, Hawaii Says NO MORE, the Sexual Abuse Treatment Center, Ho‘opla Na Pua, Are You Cleared Telemedicine, and Planned Parenthood – Generation Action.

Oceanic Institute Scientists Publish Research Results in Industry Magazine

Fabio Soller, Ph.D., Oceanic Institute of HPU’s Director of the Aquatic Feeds and Nutrition Department, and OI research colleagues, Spencer Davis, Kathleen Ramm, and Zhi Young Ju, Ph.D., published their paper, “Insects As a Feed Ingredient in Aquafeeds” in the Sept. 2017 issue of World Aquaculture.  Soller and team are studying a local insect called the black solider fly (BSF) — which is easy to culture and has a short life cycle — as an ingredient in aquatic animals feeds.  They are making progress with their evaluation of black soldier fly larvae meal (BFm) as a protein-and vitamin-rich feed for fish and shrimp and potentially livestock.  Additionally, OI has developed a method to remove fat from BFm using organic solvents, and has verified that BFm has a shelf life of at least six months with no significant loss of nutritional value when properly stored.

From left to right: Dr. Fabio Soller, Kathleen Ramm, Spencer Davis, Felipe Nobre, 
Bell Lin, and Dr. Zhi Yong Ju


Bell Lin, a Master’s Degree student in Marine Science at HPU, and Felipe Nobre, a Doctorate’s Degree student at the Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil, are producing BFm, making shrimp feed with BFm as a main protein source, and conducting shrimp growth trials at OI.  Lin’s contribution to the BSF project was highlighted in his 2017 HPU Master of Science in Marine Science Symposium poster presentation, which won a first place award.

OI is conducting this research in collaboration with Prota Culture LLC. This research is being funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA).

Monday, September 11, 2017

Mass Communication Students Launch HPU Chapter of Her Campus Online Magazine

By AnnMarie Manzulli, Her Campus Faculty Advisor

Mariah Castro and Amanda Kowalski
 Her Campus, an online magazine targeted at the female college student demographic launched as one of Hawaii Pacific University’s newest registered student organizations at Club Carnival at Aloha Tower Marketplace on Friday, September 8.

Her Campus is the #1 new-media brand for the empowered college woman. Written entirely by the world's top college journalists – with 10,000+ contributors and counting – HerCampus.com features national Style, Beauty, Health, Love, Life, Career, Entertainment, News, DIY, LGBTQ+, High School, and After College content supplemented by local content from 350 campus chapters nationwide and in ten countries.

Mass Communication seniors Amanda Kowalski and Mariah Castro, initiated the HPU chapter last year, enlisted a core of writers, and have achieved official RSO registered student organization club status this semester.

"I joined Her Campus as a place where I can write freely on topics I love and share it with others who are able to relate or learn from my writing, which is really rewarding for me,” claims Mariah Castro, Her Campus President and Marketing Director.

Her Campus serves as a career launching point for its team of college journalists. Since joining the Her Campus Team, members have been offered jobs and internships with Glamour, Vogue, Buzzfeed, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, People, The Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, InStyle, Esquire, O magazine, MTV, The Washington Post, Digitas, Ogilvy, and many more.

“Being the editor-in-chief 
I have developed many leadership skills that I would have never obtained if it wasn't for Her Campus,” shares Amanda Kowalski, Her Campus Editor-in-Chief. “ I love that it gives women in college the opportunity to empower other college women and gain real life work experience. I look forward to sharing some of the fun recruitment events we brainstormed this summer!”

Campus correspondents will be seeking out new contributors throughout the semester.

Check out the HC at HPU website: http://www.hercampus.com/school/hpu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HPUhercampus/            
Instagram: @hercampushawaiipacific             
Twitter: @HPUHerCampus

Transitioning Traditional Hawaiian Fishponds Into Aquaculture Enterprises


Heeia Fishpond

Oceanic Institute of HPU in partnership with Conservation International was recently awarded a NOAA Saltonsall-Kennedy grant for $284,000 to help revitalize Hawaiian Fishponds. Director of the Finfish Program and affiliate faculty Chad Callan, Ph.D., is the principal investigator for the project. Paepae o He‘eia is a local fishpond partner.

Fishpond production in Hawai‘i has steadily declined over the past two hundred years. In the early 1900s, the US Fish Commission documented approximately 680,000 pounds of seafood delivered to Hawaiʻi markets from more than 100 fishponds. By the late 1970s, however, only 28 ponds were suitable for production and by 1985 only seven ponds were in commercial or subsistence use. 

Today in Hawaii, local communities and grassroots nonprofit organizations are working together across the state to restore traditional fishponds for cultural, educational, and food production purposes. Loko I‘a  (fishpond) represent a unique nexus of environmental, cultural, and economic interests; as such they offer an incredible opportunity for realizing the promise of Hawai‘i’s sustainable future. Fishponds offer opportunities to restore and revitalize cultural sites and practices; rebuild coastal and estuarine function; educate youth, residents and visitors through experiential learning; prepare for and adapt to the effects of climate change; and provide community food security and resiliency.

Makaha Fishpond

 This project is developing key information on operational and logistical models for production, through a robust research effort that assesses water quality, stocking densities and survivability, growth rates based on naturally occurring food in the ponds, predator exclusion and control, costs and constrains for mullet fingerling production and transportation, and other production aspects.

There is a vital need to develop culturally and economically viable business models and the capacity at fishponds to implement these models for greater social, cultural, and environmental returns. Additionally, as more traditional Hawaiian fishponds are approaching a fully-restored, fully-functioning status, the next challenge is developing these fishponds into viable aquaculture enterprises that produce food for local communities, as well as revenue to support their educational and cultural programs.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Focusing on Service and Team Building at Ulupō Heiau

Written by Sienna Kim, photos by Jada Santos, and video by Bernard Nunies 


On Aug. 14, the Admissions and Marketing team gathered at Ulupō Heiau State Historic Site to become the first department to take advantage of Human Resources’ new initiative focused on community service and team building. This program is not only a great way to build camaraderie, but also serves HPU’s higher purpose of giving back to the land and community we are so fortunate to be a part of.

The program was coordinated by Kupuna-in-Residence Lynette Cruz, Ph.D., Human Resources Director Bernard Nunies, and was led by conservation biologist Kaleo Wong who led team members in reciting an Oli Komo (entrance chant), educated the group about the Kawainui Marsh area, and showed them how to clean and uproot the taro so that it could be replanted.


Overall, the experience was insightful for both those familiar with Hawaiian culture and those experiencing and learning about its rich heritage for the first time. Beyond being educational, the experience allowed the departments to reconnect as a team while befitting the community.

It is an experience all departments would benefit from experiencing! 


Highlight video here.

The Loi Experience is available as a community service and team building event for all departments and colleges at HPU.  Those interested should contact Bernard Nunies in the Office of Human Resources for more information.