University of Hawaii Innovation Initiative

Workers Wanted

In addition to creating thousands of jobs, the University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative (HI2) is also expected to develop the workers to fill many of the new positions, through UH’s seven community colleges. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $24.6 million grant in 2011 – the largest of its kind in the nation –… More »

Hula to Health

Hula’s graceful rotation of the hips may be just what the doctor ordered in terms of cardiac rehabilitation therapy. Researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and its partners have found that the Native Hawaiian dance form can be effective rehabilitation therapy for heart-attack victims. Mele Look,… More »

Picture of Health

Health care of the future requires an integrated approach, and professionals who can work across disciplines will deliver it. Research units within the University of Hawai‘i system are working both in dependently and collaboratively to generate discoveries to improve health outcomes and save lives. John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Nearly half of all… More »

Biofuels & Bees

About one mouthful in three in our diet directly or indirectly benefits from honeybee pollination, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Moreover, bee pollination is responsible for more than $15 billion nationally in increased crop value each year. Hawai‘i depends on honeybees to pollinate many of its tropical crops, and they are… More »

Really Big Bytes

Two years ago, as Hiroki Tokinaga stood on the beach watching waves rise higher with the strengthening wind, he got the idea to analyze 100 million records of wind and wave data from old ship logs. Synthesizing the data and computer models, the researcher for the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s International Pacific Research Center… More »

Readying for Liftoff

Satellite launches and tracking, two new world-class telescopes, and a portable space habitat: Some of the most exciting projects in these Islands are in areas of astronomy and space. These projects bring hands-on learning opportunities and high-tech careers. Satellite Launch The University of Hawai‘i is working to become the only university in the world with… More »

Every Breath You Take

Asthmatics and others with breathing sensitivities have a tool to navigate the voggy weather that has plagued us of late. The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) runs the Vog Measurement and Prediction Project, part of which predicts the vog plume’s movement. Co-principal investigators Steve Businger and… More »

Research As an Industry: The Economic Contribution of HI2

The University of Hawai‘i is an excellent university, and its research is an important part of its contribution to Hawai‘i’s economy. The University of Hawai‘i system includes 10 campuses and dozens of educational, training and research centers across the state. UH Manoa is one of the top research universities in the world. The 2012 Academic… More »

Big Man on Campus

For Edward DeLong, good things come in small packages—very good and very small. DeLong, a professor of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, studies the biology, ecology and evolution of marine microbes. He uses some of the latest technologies, such as genome sequencing, in… More »

The Sky is Not the Limit

Last fall, Peter Arnade went to Kaimuki for a haircut and came home with a new perspective. Arnade, a history professor who had taught in California for the previous 20 years, had recently joined the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa as its new dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. He was having a… More »