Benni Leigh is the Executive Business Director; Lifestyle of Maker Studios. The group says it's a next-generation, talent first media company of 60,000-plus YouTube channels with over 6 billion monthly views—Benni Leigh has helped garner an online community and Lifestyle Network, called The Platform and many Hawaii's designers hope it will springboard them to success.
Dr. Axel Timmermann is a UH Manoa professor of oceanography and the leader of the UH Manoa International Pacific Research Center’s paleoclimate research unit. Since 2010, he has been working as a lead author of a chapter on paleoclimate in the (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report.
Corey Rosenlee is a 15-year nationally certified social studies teacher from Campbell High School. He is one of the organizers of the Hawaii Teachers Work to the Rules Movement and is leading the latest quest to cool schools so kids can focus on learning in a healthy environment.
Monisha Das Gupta is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies at the College of Social Sciences at UH Mānoa. She is the coauthor of Newcomers to the Aloha State: Challenges and Prospects for Mexicans in Hawai‘i. It’s a project of the Washington DC based Migration Policy Institute and the University of Hawaii.
Chris Dacus has been practicing landscape architecture since 1987 and has been a resident of Hawaii since 1993. He is the current state landscape architect for the State Department of Transportation Highways Division and is responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of 2,500 miles of state roadsides. He has served on the Hawaii ASLA board since 2004.
Adam Teekel is the state On-Scene-Coordinator for the Honolulu Harbor molasses spill incident. He has been working for the Hawaii Department of Health for seven years, first with the radiation branch and now for the Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office as an Environmental Health Specialist.
Dr. Steven Rhee is an accomplished eye surgeon at the Hawaiian Eye Center, specializing in cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, advanced corneal surgical techniques, and refractive surgery such as LASIK™.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Professor Emerita of history and ethnic studies at California State University-East Bay, is part of the three-day ‘Aina Forum that begins today and runs through Thursday at UH Mano’a.
Dr. David Hyrenbach is an Assistant Professor of Oceanography at Hawaii Pacific University is the inaugural speaker of Science Pub Hawaii, a monthly meet up to discuss timely topics of the scientific variety.
It’s Wednesday, September 11 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Living In America Post-9/11: Prof. Carlos Juarez
Carlos Juarez is a professor of political science at Hawaii Pacific University, where he specializes in diplomacy and international relations.He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and to the Czech Republic, and travels extensively.
Lyn Moku is the director of Lanakila Meals on Wheels, Hawaii's largest and only island wide meal provider for seniors. Annually the organization serves over 200 thousand meals and sees senior hunger up close.
It’s Monday, September 9 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Pesticide Expert Testifying on Bill 2491: Caroline Cox
Caroline Cox is Research Director of the California-based Center for Environmental Health. She has served as an advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on pesticide policy, and she has Kauai connections . Her grandfather was an engineer who helped build the breakwater at Port Allen, and her father grew up on the McBryde sugar plantation. Today she’s back on Kauai to testify in support of Bill 2491.
It’s Wednesday, September 4 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Huffington Post Hawaii Launch: Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington launched the Huffington Post in May 2005, and today in partnership with Civil Beat is unveiling Huffington Post Hawaii. The parent Huffpost captures the attention of more than 75 million unique global visitors every month and last year the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
UH Kennedy Theatre’s BIG LOVE: Karissa Murrell Myers
It’s Tuesday, September 3 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Behavioral Health Community Summit: Dr. David Brown
Dr. David Brown is the U.S. Army's Director of Psychological Health for the Pacific region. He and about 450 Behavioral Health professionals serve more than 470 thousand beneficiaries throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. Dr. Brown came to the Pacific from the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was the lead Clinical Psychologist and subject matter expert for suicide prevention.
It’s Monday, September 2 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Same Sex Marriage Bill: Governor Abercrombie
The question that's been hanging over the weekend: will we or won't we decide the issue of same sex marriage now. Governor Abercrombie submitted a draft of a bill to recognize it...and is weighing whether to call a special session or wait until the legislature reconvenes next January.
It’s Friday, August 30 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Honolulu Budget Shortfall: Mayor Kirk Caldwell
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell was born in Waipahu and raised in Hilo before leaving Hawaii to study Urban Planning and Economics at Tufts University. He came home to attend the UH Law school, was Managing Partner at Ashford and Wriston and since 2002 has been in public service.
Andrew Dedrick is the owner and executive director of Geobunga, a grower of water plants and a local resource for landscapes and hardscape. He hosts free weekend workshops where gardening topics range from sustainable living and organic farming, to water plants and bamboo, rock gardens and container gardening.