Science Fair participants honored by Moku Loa Group

By Deborah Ward

Moku Loa Group recently recognized six outstanding students for research on Hawai‘i’s environment at the Hawai‘i District Science and Engineering Fair held Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Hilo.

In the Senior Research Division, Felix C. Peng received the Mae Mull Award for his project entitled “Isolation of a novel marine microorganism capable of aromatic hydrocarbon degradation in East Hawaii,” and Gabriel Low received the Mae Mull Award for his project entitled “Effect of the newly introduced brown anole on present lizard communities in Hilo.” Jared J. K. Goodwin received the Don Worsencroft Physical Science award for the project “Heavy metal contamination levels of the 1960 Hilo tsunami zone.”

In the Junior Research Division, Megan M. Nakamoto was recognized with the Wayne Gagne Award for her project entitled “Caterpillar cravings: A study of the food preferences of the Noctuidae Agrotis caterpillar on Mauna Kea.” Noe’ulakapalai Lindsey was recognized with the Ruth Lani Stemmermann award for her project “How do fresh water springs contribute to water quality?” Moku Loa Group also presented an award for Earth Science relating to Hawai‘I to Halia Buchal and Hiroki Soler for a project entitled “Filtering water with Moringa particles.”

The students each received certificates, membership, and contribution toward airfare to attend the state event. Through these awards, the Sierra Club members hope to honor scientists active in protecting our native ecosystems, and to encourage students to pursue scientific research in topics related to the Hawaiian environment. We express our thanks to our judges Jon Olsen, Debbie Ward and George Curtis.

Moku Loa Group welcomes contributions to its fund to support the Science Fair and other educational programs for students. Tax deductible donations may be made to Sierra Club Foundation (MLG) and mailed to the club c/o Moku Loa Group P.O.Box 1137 Hilo HI 96721. For more information, contact Deborah Ward at 769-2403.

SCIENCE FAIR PARTICIPANTS HONORED BY SIERRA CLUB

by Deborah Ward

The Sierra Club’s Moku Loa Group recently recognized eight outstanding students for research on Hawaii’s environment at the Hawaii District Science and Engineering Fair held Saturday, February 13, 2010 in Hilo.

In the senior research division, Shalila de Bourmont  received the Mae Mull Award for research projects entitled “Anti-Carcinogenic Properties of fungal Endophytes Derived from Native Hawaiian Plants ”.  In the Junior Research Division, Dylan Giardina  was recognized with the Wayne Gagne Award, presented each year to the outstanding junior research projects relating to the environment of Hawai’i. This projects was entitled “The Relationships between Water Clarity and Bacteria in Hilo Bay”. In the Junior Research in Physical Science, Nicholas Winters  received the Don Worsencroft award for the project “ Born Again Batteries: Using Alkaline Batteries to Their Fullest “.

Dr. Worsencroft was a Professor of physical science at Hawaii Community College.  In the Junior Display division, Lilah Lough was recognized for the display entitled “ Whale Migration ” with the Ruth Lani Stemmermann Award.  Lani Stemmermann was a plant ecologist at UH Hilo and Hawaii Community College who specialized in Hawaiian botany.  Moku Loa Group also presented two additional awards for Earth Science and environmental science relating to Hawaii. The recipients were Kamrie Koi, William Mitchell, Wen Hui Yang , for a project entitled “ Effects of global Warming on the Local Environment of Ka`u ”.

Environmental Scholars are Recognized

MLG judges at the 25th Anniversary of the Hawaii District Science and Engineering Fair, held February 19th at Imiloa in Hilo. Pictured in the photo from left to right are Phil Barnes, Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers, Malie Larish, Carly Vierra, and Debbie Ward.
MLG judges at the 25th Anniversary of the Hawaii District Science and Engineering Fair, held February 19th at Imiloa in Hilo. Pictured in the photo from left to right are Phil Barnes, Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers, Malie Larish, Carly Vierra, and Debbie Ward.

The students each received certificates and checks for $50.00. Through these awards, the Sierra Club members hope to honor scientists active in protecting our native ecosystems, and to encourage students to pursue scientific research in topics related to the Hawaiian environment.

Moku Loa Group welcomes contributions to its memorial fund to support the Science Fair and other educational programs for students. Tax deductible donations may be made to Sierra Club Foundation (MLG) and mailed to the club c/o Moku Loa Group P.O.Box 1137 Hilo HI 96721.  For more information, contact Deborah Ward at 966-7361.

2010 ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARS ARE RECOGNIZED

by Deborah Ward

The Sierra Club’s Moku Loa Group recently recognized eight outstanding students for research on Hawai`i’s environment at the Hawai`i District Science and Engineering Fair held Saturday, February 13, 2010 in Hilo.

In the Senior Research Division, Malio Kodis, of Waiakea High, received the Mae Mull Award for research projects entitled “Diversity of Foliar Fungal Endophytes in Wild and Cultivated Metrosideros Polymorpha.”  In the Junior Research Division, Jake Ebesugawa, of Waiakea Intermediate, was recognized with the Wayne Gagne Award, presented each year to the outstanding junior research project relating to the environment of Hawai`i.  His project was entitled “How Fast Is Coral Dissolving?”  In the Senior Research in Physical Science Division, Megan Kurohara and Hannah Rojeski, of Hilo High, received the Don Worsencroft Award for the project “Photosynthetic Algae.”

Dr. Worsencroft was a professor of physical science at Hawai`i Community College.  In the Junior Display Division, Nathan Tripp, Korey Palmerton, Juslynne Fernandez, of Pahoa Intermediate, were recognized with the Ruth Lani Stemmerman Award for their display entitled “White Monarch Butterfly.”  Dr. Stemmerman was a plant ecologist at Hawai`i Community College who specialized in Hawaiian botany.  Moku Loa Group also presented an additional award for Earth Science and Environmental Science relating to Hawai`i in honor of Bill Mull, who photographed the Happy Face Spiders and many other Hawaiian invertebrates.  The recipient was Cody Hamane, of Hilo Intermediate, for a project entitled “Native versus Invasive: Survival of the Fittest.”  The students each received certificates and checks for $25.00-$50.00.  Through these awards, the Sierra Club members hope to honor scientists active in protecting our native ecosystems, and to encourage students to pursue scientific research in topics related to the Hawaiian environment.

Mahalo to this year’s MLG judges, including Chris Kobb, Phil Barnes, Deborah Ward, Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers and Al Beeman.  Moku Loa Group welcomes contributions to its memorial fund to support the Science Fair and other educational programs for students.  Tax deductible donations may be made to Sierra Club Foundation (MLG) and mailed to: Sierra Club, Moku Loa Group, PO Box 1137, Hilo HI 96721.  For more information contact Deborah Ward (966-7361).

HAWAI`I DISTRICT SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR 2009

from Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers

The Moku Loa Group Hawai`i Chapter of the Sierra Club presented the following awards at the Imiloa Astronomy Cener on February 14, 2009.

The Mae Mull Award for Outstanding Senior Research Project relating to the Environment in Hawai`i was presented to Mark T. Seu from Waiakea High School. His project Title: Herbicide Residues in Water — Breast Cancer?

The Wayne Gagne Award for Outstanding Junior Display Project relating to the Environment in Hawai`i was presented to Gina McGuire from Kamehameha Schools – Hawai`i. Her Project Title: Waiawi: Strawberry Guava Ethanol.

The Ruth Lani Stemmerman Award for Outstanding Junor Display Project relating to the
Environment in Hawai`i was presented to Fiona Follet from St. Joseph Junior and Senior High School. . Her Project Title: Endangered Sea Turtles.

The Dr. Don Worsencroft Award for Outstanding Senior Research in Physical Science was presented to Megan M. Kurohara from Hilo High School and Kelson A. Lau from Waiakea High School. Their joint Project Title: Wireless Power Transfer: A New Approach toward Renewable Energy for the Future.

The Moku Loa Group Award for Earth Sciences was presented to Chloe C. Frizelle from Kea`au High School. Her Project Title: The Ocean’s Role in Global Warming.

The Moku Loa Group judges were Phil Barnes, Al Beeman and Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers. Mahalo to the Hawai`i Community College/UH Hilo students Davida Caves, Chris Kopp and Natalie Ilaban Kalahiki for also judging.

The Moku Loa Group congratulates these fine young scientists.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARS ARE RECOGNIZED

by Deborah Ward
The Sierra Club’s Moku Loa Group recently recognized eight outstanding students for research on Hawai`i’s environment at the Hawai`i District Science and Engineering Fair held Saturday, February 16, 2008 in Hilo.In the Junior Research Division, Kawaianiani Pluckett was recognized with the Wayne Gagne Award, presented each year to the outstanding junior research project relating to the environment of Hawai`i. This project was entitled, O`opu: Population Study in Waipi`o Valley.

For Senior Research in Environmental Science Division, Christopher Klusak received the Mae Mull Award for his project entitled Nitrogen: the Key to Success of Invasive Flora. In the Senior Research in Physical Science Division, Kelson Lau received the Don Worsencroft Award for the project Novel Servo-Controlled Bipedal Micro-Robot. Dr. Worsencroft was a Professor of Physical Science at Hawai`i Community College. In the Senior Research Division, Malio Kodis was recognized with the Ruth Lani Stemmerman Award for the project entitled, An Analysis of the Procaryotic Community Associated with the Mucus of Montipora Patula.

Lani Stemmermann was a plant ecologist who specialized in Hawaiian botany. Moku Loa Group also presented a team award in Senior Research to Stephanie Doan and Djon Marcos for their work on Evolutionary Relationships among Hawai`i’s Crustaceans. The students each received certificates and checks for $50.00. Through these awards, the Sierra Club members hope to honor scientists active in protecting our native habitats, and to encourage students to pursue scientific research in topics related to the Hawaiian environment.

Moku Loa Group welcomes contributions to its Memorial Fund to support the Science Fair and other educational programs for students. Tax deductible donations may be made to Sierra Club Foundation (MLG) and mailed to the Club c/o Moku Loa Group, PO Box 1137, Hilo, HI 96721. For more information, contact Deborah Ward (966-7361).

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARS ARE RECOGNIZED

The Sierra Club’s Moku Loa Group recently recognized seven outstanding students for research on Hawai`i’s environment at the Hawai`i District Science and Engineering Fair held Saturday, February 17 in Hilo.

In the Senior Research Division, Mali`o Kodis received the Mae Mull Award for her research project entitled Seedbank Analysis of Morella cerifera Presence along the Mohouli Extension. Mull was instrumental in preserving the last remaining home of the native Hawaiian Palila bird – the forest of koa, mamane and naio which rings the slopes of Mauna Kea. A dedicated leader in the Sierra Club and the Hawai`i Audubon Society, Mull volunteered many hours to preserve Hawai`i’s vulnerable native ecosystems.

In the Junior Research Division, Hunter S. Wilburn and Dakota G. K. Walker were recognized with the Wayne Gagne Award, presented each year to the outstanding junior research projects relating to the environment of Hawai`i. Their project was entitled Prey and Pellets. These awards were given in memory of Gagne, an entomologist who specialized in Hawaiian insects. He loved to help young people investigate the mysteries of Hawaiian evolution, and was instrumental in developing the `Ohi`a Project while on staff with the Bishop Museum. A leader in the Sierra Club, Gagne volunteered many hours to preserve Hawai`i’s vulnerable environment.

In the Junior Research in Physical Science Division, Megan Kurohara received the Don Worsencroft Award for her projectMaximizing the Potential of Hydropower. Dr. Worsencroft was a Professor of Physical Science at Hawai`i Community College, dedicated to helping students understand the mysteries of our world. David Awai-Martins was recognized with the Ruth Lani Stemmermann Award for his Junior Division Display entitled, Why Are the Ohia Trees Dying? Lani Stemmermann was a plant ecologist who specialized in Hawaiian botany. She loved to help young people investigate the mysteries of Hawaiian evolution, and was an inspiring teacher at the Hawai`i Community College. Stemmermann, who volunteered many hours to preserve Hawai`i’s vulnerable ecosystems, was instrumental in protecting the rare and threatened ecosystems at Pohakuloa Training Area.
Moku Loa Group also presented two additional awards for Earth Science and Environmental Science relating to Hawai`i. The recipients were Healohamele Genovia and Palani Kahakalau; title of their project: Riffles and Run.
The students each received certificates and checks for $50.00. Through these awards, the Sierra Club members hope to honor scientists active in protecting our native habitats, and encourage students to pursue scientific research in topics related to the Hawaiian environment.

Moku Loa Group welcomes contributions to its memorial fund to support the Science Fair and other educational programs for students. Tax deductible donations may be made to Sierra Club Foundation (MLG) and mailed to the club c/o Moku Loa Group, PO Box 1137, Hilo Hi 96721. For more information contact Deborah Ward (966-7361).

2005 HAWAI`I ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARS ARE RECOGNIZED

By Charlie Stanton

The Sierra Club’s Moku Loa Group recognized six outstanding students for research on Hawai`i’s environment at the Hawai`i District Science and Engineering Fair Saturday, February 12, in Hilo.

In the Senior Research Division on Environmental Science relating to Hawai`i, Kevin M. Mack, Pahoa High School, received the Mae Mull Award for his research project, “The Invasion of Alien Algae at Wai`opae Marine Life Conservation District.” Mae Mull was instrumental in preserving the last remaining home of the native Hawaiian palila bird – the forest of koa, mamane and naio which rings the slopes of Mauna Kea. A dedicated leader in the Sierra Club and the Hawai`i Audubon Society, Mae volunteered many hours to preserving Hawai`i’s vulnerable native ecosystems.

In the Junior Research Division, Zach Hopson, Hawaiian Preparatory Academy, andCameron A. I. Yasukawa, Waiakea Intermediate School, were recognized with theWayne Gagne Award, presented each year to the outstanding junior research projects relating to the environment of Hawai`i. These projects were entitled “How Common Pollutants Affect Marine Life” and “Can a Sodium Chloride Solution Be Used as an Effective, Non-toxic and Inexpensive Herbicide as Compared to Glyphosate in the Eradication of Verbascum thapsus?” These awards were given in memory of Gagne, an entomologist who specialized in the study of Hawaiian insects. He loved to help young people investigate the mysteries of Hawaiian evolution, and was instrumental in developing the `Ohi`a Project while on staff with the Bishop Museum. A leader in the Sierra Club, Gagne volunteered many hours to preserve Hawai`i’s vulnerable environment.

The Senior Research Project in Physical Science was awarded to Ryoko Ogasawara, Waiakea High School. He received the Don Worsencroft Award for “Searching for Black Holes II.” Dr. Worsencroft was a former Professor of Physical Science at Hawai`i Community College, dedicated to helping students understand the mysteries of our physical world.

In the Junior Display Division, Aina Dudoit, Kamehameha School, was recognized with the Ruth Lani Stemmermann Award for her display, “Opihi: Is the Population Decreasing?” Lani Stemmermann was a plant ecologist who specialized in Hawaiian botany. She loved to help young people investigate the mysteries of Hawaiian evolution and was an inspiring teacher at the Hawai`i Community College. Stemmerman was instrumental in protecting the rare and threatened ecosystems in the vicinity of Pohakuloa Training Area.

Moku Loa Group also presented its Award for Earth Science Relating to Hawai`i. The recipient was Desirae Marino, Hilo High School, author of “The Effect of Liquefaction on Hilo Soil after a Simulated Earthquake.”

Special thanks to our judges this year, Becky Ostertag and Julie Williams; and to Debbie Ward for arrangements.

The students each received certificates and checks for $25.00. Through these awards the Sierra Club members hope to honor scientists active in protecting our native habitats, and to encourage students to pursue scientific research in topics relating to the Hawaiian environment.

Moku Loa Group welcomes contributions to its memorial fund to support the Science Fair and other educational programs for students. Tax deductible donations may be made to Sierra Club Foundation (MLG) and mailed to the Club c/o Moku Loa Group, P.O. Box 1137, Hilo, HI 96721. For more information, contact Charlie Stanton (965-0474).

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARS ARE RECOGNIZED

The Sierra Club’s Moku Loa Group recently recognized seven outstanding students for research on Hawai`i’s environment at the Hawai`i District Science and Engineering Fair held Saturday, February 15 in Hilo.

In the Junior Research Division, Vincent Sanekane of Pahoa High and Intermediate School was recognized with the Wayne Gagne Award, presented each year to the outstanding junior research project relating to the environment of Hawai`i. His project was entitled, “Vacationland Coral Bleaching…Ten Years Later.”

In the Senior Research Division, Malielani Larish of Waikea High School and Brandon Estrella of St. Joseph Jr.-Sr. High School each received the Mae Mull Award for their research projects entitled, “The ‘Beer’ Trees: Slime Flux on Acacia Koa,” and “Comparison of Endophytic Microfungi from Selected Native Hawaiian Ohia Leaves,” respectively.

In the Senior Research in Physical Science Division, Travis N. Tomlinson of Kea`au High School received the Don Worsencroft Award for his project, “Accelerating Particles with a Home-built Cyclotron.”

In the Junior Display Division, Kamie S. Oda of Waiakea Intermediate School was recognized with the Ruth Lani Stemmermann Award for the display entitled “Fire and Ice: Glacial Evidence on Mauna Kea.”

Moku Loa Group also presented two additional awards for Earth Science relating to Hawai`i. The recipients were Kelsey M. Wilburn of Waiakea Intermediate School for the display entitled, “Mauna Loa: Are We in Danger?” and Joel S. Gollaher of Hawai`I Preparatory Academy for “Surf Cam.”

The students each received certificates and checks for $25.00. Through these awards, Moku Loa Group hopes to honor scientists active in protecting our native habitats., and to encourage students to pursue scientific research in topics related to the Hawaiian environment.

Moku Loa Group welcomes contributions to its memorial fund to support the Science Fair and other educational programs for students. Tax deductible donations may be made to Sierra Club Foundation (MLG) and mailed to the club c/o Moku Loa Group, PO Box 1137, Hilo, HI 96721. For more information contact Roberta Brashear @ 966-7002.