Project Description

Student Science Conference
Imi Wai Ola –Seeking the Waters of Life

The Pacific American Foundation thanks sponsors NOAA B-WET, NOAA Education, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The U.S. Department of Education, and the Castle Foundation.

May 9, 2017
8:00am to 3:30pm
NOAA Inouye Regional Center

Countdown to the Conference!

At Imi Wai Ola, students 6th grade through Undergraduate have the opportunity to share their research and explorations in natural sciences in a professional conference setting.

Transportation for student scientists is generously provided by Windward Community College, Kapiolani Community College, Leeward Community College, and the Salt Lake Blvd Starbucks Coffee Shop.

May 9, 2017
8:00am to 3:30pm
NOAA Inouye Regional Center


Share student research and explorations

  • Meet Scientists
  • Present your research at plenary sessions
  • Share more, casually, in poster sessions
  • Discuss methodologies, tools and technology, career pathways and more during breakout sessions



  • Meet With Scientists
  • Learn about Current Research
  • Share Your Projects
  • Learn about creating student pathways to careers
  • Get ideas for implementing field work into your curriculum

Topics Include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Science
  • Bioinformatics and Genomic Data Science
  • Engineering and Development of data collection devices
  • Environmental Data analytics
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Modern Science

All About the Upcoming May 9, 2017 Conference

How to Prepare

  • Powerpoint:  Your team’s presentation is alotted 10 minutes.  You’ll present your powerpoint on a projected screen at the Plenary Session, and then do a short question and answers immediately following.
    • May 7 is the deadline to submit your presentation.
    • On May 9, you’ll also need to bring your conference presentation powerpoint on a USB flashdrive on May 9th.
      We know you’ll make last minute changes, so your USB Flashdrive is what you’ll plug in to the podium laptop connected to the projection screen on the stage for your presentation.

      Note:  No, your ipad, or phone will not suffice – you’ll need to bring your final powerpoint on a USB stick.

  • Trifold Board: Your “science fair style” board will be on display all day, visited by scientists and participants during the poster sessions.
    1. Download the TEMPLATE here.   When you have your board created, just save the document to a USB flashdrive and bring it to a local printing shop to have it printed out on oversize paper.  Affix that paper to the poster board and bring with you on May 9th.  Here’s a diagram to use as a guide as you work on the template.  Science Fair Board




Busses pick up
students from WCC, KCC, LCC, and Starbuck’s Salt Lake BLVD

8:45 – 9:15

Registration, and Posters Setup

in the front atrium

9:15 – 9:45

Welcome  and
Keynote: “Marine Debris Response”


Plenary: Student
Presentation Sessions
and NOAA Facility Tours

Breakout Sessions
by Scientists

9:55 – 10:40 Group A   Plenary


Group B   Tour
at Sphere
Group C     Breakout 1

Room:  TBD

Group D   Breakout 2

Room: TBD

10:45 – 11:30 Group A    Tour

Meet at

Group B   Plenary


Group C    Breakout  3

Room:  TBD

Group D   Breakout 4

Room: TBD

11:30 – 12:00

Lunch for All – Box Lunch at Outdoor Courtyard


Poster Sessions – Front Atrium

12:00 – 12:30 Group A
Visiting posters
Group B
Presenting Posters
Group C
Visiting Posters
Group D
Presenting Posters
12:30 – 1:00 Group A
Presenting Posters
Group B
Visiting Posters
Group C
Presenting Posters
Group D
Visiting Posters

Breakout Sessions

Plenary: Student
Presentation Sessions

 and NOAA Facility Tours

1:10 – 1:55 Group A    Breakout 5

Room: TBD

Group B    Breakout 6

Room:  TBD

Group C   Plenary


Group D    Tour

Meet at

2:00 – 2:45 Group  A   Breakout 7

Room: TBD

Group B    Breakout 8

Room: TBD

Group C    Tour

Meet at Sphere

Group D    Plenary


3:00 – 3:30

Closing and Exciting
Upcoming Opportunities



Bus Departures back
to WCC, KCC, LCC, Starbuck’s Salt Lake BLVD



Please be at one of the four bus stops by 8am, to take one of our chartered buses to the NOAA Inouye Regional Center on Ford Island.

Buses will depart at 8:15 sharp. Be there by 8am!  

Windward Side


Leeward Side

Near the Ice Palace

May 13, 2016 Conference Highlights

This year, on May 13th, from 8:00 to 3:30pm, students came to the NOAA Inouye Regional Center for Plenary sessions at which students present on stage, poster sessions  with “Science Fair” style displays, and breakout sessions where small groups interact with scientists about careers and aspirations.

Christine Ambrosino, HIMB
Yvonne Chan ʻIolani Wet
Todd Cullison Hui o Koolaupoko
Derek Esibill Pacific American Foundation
Alyssa Haygood. LCC Marine Options Program
Mike Henley Smithsonian Institute
David Krupp, WCC PaCES
Joe O’Malley, NOAA Research Fishery Biologist
Tom Oliver, NOAA Ocean and Climate Change
Becks Prescott PAF Microbiology
Mark Manuel, NOAA Marine Debris Coordinator
Manning Taite, NALU Studies
Tim Tybuszewski, North Shore Community Land Trust

Lanikai School School Organic Pesticide for Basil Plants Emma McDonald Heather Dinman Ella Gimon
ʻIolani School School What are you really eating? Genetic identification of tuna species uncovers mislabeling rates in Hawaii Cecily Choy
NALU Studies Studies Comparing hydroponics, aquaponics , and traditional lo’i productivity of Kalo and anuenue lettuce in black cinder or potted soil media Jaychelle Vannatta
Mid-Pacific Institute ROV in Kawa Stream Korbin Au Jonah “Kui” Gilliland Hayden Lambeth Sage Driscoll
Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Effects to our Ahupu’a’a/Watershed Riley Jose Shadee Jacobe Emma Lui-Kwan Liko Abrigo
WIRED Kawa Stream and Hakipuu Stream Chloe Aquino Ajia Hurt
SEEQS How do the chemicals in sunscreen affect the coral? What are the alternatives to using sunscreen? Gabriella-Anne Owen-Mendonca
King Intermediate Not Dead Yet ! Coral Bleaching Recovery Kaneohe Bay Mariko Quinn
Kulia Marine Biology Club
3D Mapping Dorian Verdugo Chase Sawyer Kaiehu Kaupu-Hanks
Research Experiences in Marine Science The Effects of Light Deprivation on the Upside Down Jellyfish, Cassiopea Andromeda Jennifer Chinen Shelby Cruz Jewels Oliquiaro Dani Horner
Pacific Center for Environmental Studies Fertilization rates of Tripneustes gratilla at different pH levels- mimicing the predicted ocean acidification Tejas Jhaveri
ʻIolani School An Investigation of Native Hawaiian Plants Sesuvium portulacastrum and Bacopa monnieri and their Tolerance of Varying Salinities Narissa Barling

SEEQS Is there a relationship between Kuliouou Stream and Paiko Lagoon? Dublin Gingerich Kai Holbrook Mark Entilla-Mika Ethyn Yeung
Pacific Center for
Environmental Studies
The Effect of Salinty on Brine Shirip (Aremia Salina) Camryn Kunioka
Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Micro-organisms/Native Species Charles Naone Dylan Panui Tim Wiley Justin Wiley
ʻIolani School Biodiversity of Manoa Stream Taylor Maruno
King Intermediate CO2 Levels in Ala Wai and Kaneohe Bay Carlee Kasadate
Mid-Pacific Institute Exploring Water Quailty with ROVs Conan Rogers Kayla Branco Lilia Egan Jarren Matsumoto
Mid-Pacific Institute Exploring Water Quailty with ROVs Nicole Wong
ʻIolani School Determining the Abundance of V. vulnificus at Different Depths Sarah Domai
SEEQS Is Paiko Awa a sufficient environment and ecosystem for Hawaii’s marine wildlife? Carter Harai Maurice Crabbe Victor Wong Reece Kosaki
King Intermediate Opheodesoma Spectabalis:More Than Meets The Eye Baron Arquero Aisha Yamamoto
Pacific Center for Environmental Studies Water Quaility In Ka’ohao Kalaʻe Lopes
Lanikai School Kawainui Marsh and El Niño Lilly Bachl Tiana Alfsen Jasmine Cadotte
ʻIolani School Dengue and Zika Vector Mosquitoes: Determing the Population Density and Distribution of Aedes albopictus Anna Freitas
Lanikai School Restoring the Flow in Kawainui Marsh Henry Cullison Kaʻimi Victor
Kulia Marine Biology Club Aspects of Marine Biological Experiences Madeline DeZee Andrea Moliga
Na Alak’i Opi’o Is the Water Safe? Camron Somlak Kaʻimi Phillips
Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao Effects to our Ahupua’a Makenzie Lau Noelani Hidalgo Kyan Machado Halaʻi Napuelua
Mid-Pacific Institute Exploring Water Quailty with ROVs Kailee Cortez Maia D’Amato Kai Kinvig Brenden Peters
Mid-Pacific Institute Exploring Water Quailty with ROVs Kyra Suzawa-Tajimi
SEEQS How does Kanewai spring influence Paiko Lagoon? Ella Gibson Aiko Harada-Collier
Na Alak’i Opi’o Is the Water Safe Luke Henderson Logan Henderson Connor Gehrke
King Intermediate Poisoned Fish Kai Oda
Mid-Pacific Institute ROV in Kawa Stream Melissa Brown Ethan Chang Gabriela Kadzielawa Lauren Ikeda
Mid-Pacific Institute ROV in Kawa Stream Sasha Krstic Kerrin Lee Katelyn Pabila Justin Li