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.