COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Hawai‘i Uncharted strives to provide education about Whale Sharks and other marine organisms to promote a basic understanding of their biology, behavior and potential threats in their environment to inspire conservation efforts.

Stop by and meet our team at upcoming community events state-wide. Stay tuned for future activities.

UPCOMING EVENTS

GEMS: Girls Exploring Math and Science

Date: December 10, 2019

Location: Kailua-Kona, HI

Event Information: HURC is proud to take part in this full day event teaching our youth about whale shark science. GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) is an annual event where girls around the Big Island spend the day learning about various aspects of the Science and Math world. Whale shark biology, natural history, and photo identification science will be explored during this all-day program.

PAST EVENTS

UH-Hilo American Cetacean Society

Date: November 19, 2019

Location: University of Hawai'i at Hilo

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team will be traveling to Hilo to speak with students involved in the American Cetacean Society UHH Chapter. This event is private for group members only. 

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3rd Annual Hawai'i Explorations Expo

Date: October 27, 2019

Location: Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, Hilo, HI

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team traveled to Hilo to take part in the 3rd annual Hawai'i Explorations Expo, put on by the Hawai'i Science and Technology Museum. The HURC team talked story with dozens of community members and students interested in whale sharks during the day-long booth event. 

Mokupāpapa Discovery Center

Date: October 17, 2019 - 5:30PM

Location: Mokupapapa Discovery Center, Hilo, HI

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team will be traveling to Hilo to speak with community members and visitors about Hawaii's whale sharks. Come meet our scientists, talk story, and learn more about whale sharks in our waters and our preliminary findings.

West Hawaii Explorations Academy

Date: August 13, 2019

Location: West Hawaii Explorations Academy

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team spoke with students of the West Hawaii Explorations Academy, during their Mentor Inspirations Days series. The event was geared towards inspiring students, and informing them of possible career pathways that they can take.

Jiaxiang Summer Marine Biology Program

Date: August 6, 2019

Location: Hawai'i Preparatory Academy, Waimea, HI

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team traveled to Waimea to speak with students involved in the Jiaxiang Summer Marine Biology Program. This presentation was private and for students only. 

Texas State Aquarium: STEM Cafe

Date: July 23, 2019

Location: Texas State Aquarium Summer Camp

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team will be teaming up with the Texas State Aquarium for a 2nd year in a row to offer a STEM Cafe "Talk Story" about HURC's background and research for local teenagers and students.

26th Annual Hawai'i Conservation Conference
He ʻaʻaliʻi kū makani au: Resilience in the Face of Change

Date: July 10, 2019

Location: Hawai'i Convention Center, Honolulu

Event Information: The Hawaii Uncharted team will be traveling to Honolulu this July to attend the 26th annual Hawai'i Conservation Conference. We have been selected to present our current findings at this event. Our presentation will be part of the round top table discussions.

5th International Whale Shark Conference

Date: May 28-31, 2019

Location: Exmouth, Western Australia

Event Information: The Hawaii Uncharted team will be traveling to Exmouth, Western Australia this May to attend the 5th annual International Whale Shark Conference. We have been selected to present our current findings at this event. We are thrilled to share information on Hawaii’s whale sharks with the international scientific community.

Hawaii Uncharted Presents: An evening with MMF whale shark researcher, Alexandra Watts

Date: May 2, 2019

Location: Kona Honu Divers, Kona, HI

Event Information: Come join HURC for an evening with Marine Megafauna Foundation whale shark researcher and PhD Candidate Alexandra Watts.​ Alexandra will be presenting an overview of whale shark research in association with the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF), a not-for-profit research and conservation group founded in Mozambique. Co-founders Andrea Marshall and Simon Pierce are both members of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and Simons' recent research lead to the classification of whale sharks as an 'endangered' species on the IUCN Redlist. Alexandra would like to give you an overview of these magnificant animals and the work they are doing towards their conservation around the world, with salty tales along the way!

2019 Ocean Fair Presentation & Booth Event

Date: April 13, 2019

Location: Jack's Diving Locker, Kona, HI

Event Information: Ocean Fair, sponsored by Jack’s Diving Locker, is a celebration of our marine environment for the community.  Ocean Fair promotes ocean awareness through educational and fun activities as well in-water snorkeling and scuba diving experiences. The HURC team will be presenting our latest findings, including up to date numbers of individual whale sharks and top sighting locations.

Hawaii Brewery Running Series

Date: March 31, 2019

Location: Lanikai Brewing Company, Kailua, O'ahu, HI

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team will be having a information booth at the Brewery Running Series event at Lanikai Brewing Company. The HBRS donates portions of all ticket sales to local non-profits and HURC will be the recipient of this donation. Come meet our scientists, get a sticker, and Run for Beer!

Hawaii Brewery Running Series

Date: March 30, 2019

Location: Honolulu Beerworks, Honolulu, HI

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team will be having a information booth at the Brewery Running Series event at Honolulu Beerworks. The HBRS donates portions of all ticket sales to local non-profits and HURC will be the recipient of this donation. Come meet our scientists, get a sticker, and Run for Beer!

Hawaii Brewery Running Series

Date: March 23, 2019

Location: Ola Brew, Kailua-Kona, HI

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team will be having a information booth at the Brewery Running Series event at Ola Brew. The HBRS donates portions of all ticket sales to local non-profits and HURC will be the recipient of this donation. Come meet our scientists, get a sticker, and Run for Beer!

UH-Hilo American Cetacean Society

Date: February 5, 2019

Location: University of Hawaii - Hilo

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team will be traveling to Hilo to speak with students involved in the American Cetacean Society UHH Chapter. This event is private for group members only. 

Hawaii Science Museum

Date: January 17, 2019

Location: Hilo Intermediate School

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team will be traveling to Hilo to speak with community members and visitors about Hawaii's whale sharks. Come meet our scientists, talk story, and learn more about whale sharks in our waters and our preliminary findings.

GEMS: Girls Exploring Math and Science

Date: December 4, 2018

Location: Kailua-Kona, HI

Event Information: HURC is proud to have taken part in the full day event teaching our youth about whale shark science. GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) is an annual event where girls around the Big Island spend the day learning about various aspects of the Science and Math world. Whale shark biology, natural history, and photo identification science was explored during this all-day program. 

Lāna'i Culture and Heritage Center

Date: October 15, 2018

Location: Lāna'i Culture and Heritage Center

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team will be traveling to Lanai City to speak with community members about Hawaii's whale sharks. Come meet our scientists, talk story, and learn more about whale sharks in our waters. 

Maui Ocean Center: Sea Talk Series

Date: October 14, 2018

Location: Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku, HI

Event Information: HURC is creating a database of information that includes unique individuals found in waters statewide. This database is being used to answer many questions concerning population dynamics, demographics, and oceanic movements for these charismatic sharks - which have yet to be studied in this area of the world's oceans. This presentation will A) provide an overview of the biology of whale sharks and their global conservation status, and B) highlight the preliminary findings from this citizen science project.

Big Island Divers: Crew Training

Date: July 23 - 24, 2018

Location: Kailua-Kona, HI

Event Information: Hawai'i Uncharted teamed up with Big Island Divers to offer a comprehensive 2-day presentation on whale sharks in our islands, appropriate viewing and swimming conduct, as well as talking points. Big Island Divers crew attended the presentations to better convey whale shark knowledge to their guests. 

The Rotary Club: Kona Mauka

Date: May 8, 2018

Location: Private Event

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team will be talking story with members of the Kona Mauka Rotary Club about Hawaii's whale sharks during their weekly luncheon.

Texas State Aquarium: STEM Cafe

Date: April 30, 2018

Location: Texas State Aquarium Summer Camp

Event Information: The Hawai'i Uncharted team will be teaming up with the Texas State Aqurium to offer a STEM Cafe "Talk Story" about HURC's background and research for local teenagers.

2018 Ocean Fair Presentation & Booth Event

Date: April 28, 2018

Location: Jack's Diving Locker, Kona, HI

Event Information: Ocean Fair, sponsored by Jack’s Diving Locker, is a celebration of our marine environment for the community.  Ocean Fair promotes ocean awareness through educational and fun activities as well in-water snorkeling and scuba diving experiences. The HURC team will be presenting our latest findings, including up to date numbers of individual whale sharks and top sighting locations.

Kona Science Cafe

Date: March 19, 2018

Location: NELHA, Kailua-Kona, HI

Event Information: Come join the Hawai'i Uncharted team as we present our up-to-date findings for our community members and learn a little bit about this fairly-unknown species. 

Ke Kai Ola: The Marine Mammal Center

Date: February 12, 2018

Location: Ke Kai Ola, Kailua-Kona, HI

Event Information: Come join the Hawai'i Uncharted team as we present our up-to-date findings and learn a little bit about this fairly-unknown species. This event is BYOC, Bring Your Own Chair. Some seating will be available however it is first come, first sit. 

Kona Honu Divers: Presentation Series

Date: January 15, 2018

Location: Ola Brew, Kailua-Kona, HI

Event Information: Come join the Hawai'i Uncharted team as we present our up-to-date findings and learn a little bit about this fairly-unknown species.

2017 West Hawaii Science Symposium

Date: December 5, 2017

Location: King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, Kailua-Kona, HI

Event Information: The focus of this two-day event is to provide a forum for scientists, community organizations, and resource managers to present and discuss scientific information pertaining to the marine ecosystem of West Hawai‘i.

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