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Science and Sustainability Festival 2021

Bishop Museum Science & Sustainability Festival 2021
Sustainable Seas

Saturday, March 20, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Discounted Museum Admission for kamaʻāina and military with ID – $5 per person
Members: Free with pre-registration and member card

Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Limited hourly admissions; without preregistration, walk-ins will be admitted on a space-available basis.
Parking on campus: $5 per vehicle

This spring, Bishop Museum is proud to present a day of programming exploring one of the most urgent topics of today – sustainability, more specifically ocean conservation and preservation. This year’s theme, Sustainable Seas, will feature safe and socially distanced activities, community partners, and Museum experts, utilizing our 15-acre campus. The Science and Sustainability Festival will feature Bishop Museum’s research and natural science collections in the areas of invertebrate zoology, ichthyology, and malacology. Our researchers will share some of the work they are engaged in across the Pacific – ranging from deep ocean exploration, new fish species identification, and a snapshot of the over 35,000-specimen invertebrate zoology collection (the only collection in the world dedicated to marine invertebrates). Partner organizations include those who are actively engaged in and hard at work with initiatives that promote awareness in the areas of ocean sustainability.

We will also celebrate the final days of the Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawaiʻi exhibit and the Plastic-Free Pipeline  Over the course of the next few years, it is our intention to continue to explore the importance of our ahupuaʻa — the uka, kula, and kai — through prioritizing the sustainability of our campus, and the development of public programs, culminating with this annual community event.

With the ongoing pandemic, Bishop Museum will continue to adhere to all Federal, State, and County regulations and guidelines.  Space will be limited and guests are strongly advised to make an advance reservation.

NOAA Live! Pacific Islands Interactive Webinars at Bishop Museum’s Science & Sustainability Festival

Join NOAA for interactive virtual presentations on climate change, corals, humpback whales, marine food webs, hurricanes, and tsunamis.

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Join all talks via WebEx.

10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Climate Change in Hawaiʻi: From the Top of Mauna Loa to the Depths of the Pacific Ocean
Leon Geschwind, Education and Outreach Specialist, NOAA Inouye Regional Center
Aidan Colton, Atmospheric Scientist, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory

10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Too Hot to Handle: Coral Reefs, Bleaching, and Recovery
Paulo Maurin, Hawaiʻi Management Liaison, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

11 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Humpback Whales 101…Everything You Need to Know About Humpback Whales

Patty Miller, Education Coordinator, NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
The Intricate Balance of Marine Food Webs in Hawaiʻi
Keith Kamikawa, Hawaiʻi Fisheries Extension Agent, NOAA Pacific Islands Regional Office

12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Uniting Humanity Through Sea Turtle Research and Conservation
Camryn Allen, Research Marine Biologist, NOAA Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program

1 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Central Pacific Hurricane Season
John Bravender, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA National Weather Service Central Pacific Hurricane Center

1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center’s Response to the 2011 Japan Tsunami
Nathan Becker and Cindi Preller, Oceanographers, NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Programming Highlights

  • Event Passport Activity – Guests will be provided a passport that will help guide them through the various activities and informational booths throughout campus.  In order to receive a stamp in one’s passport, the guests will have to correctly answer a sustainability or ocean awareness question.  Completed passports can be shown upon leaving for a post-visit treat.
  • Bishop Museum Natural Sciences team will be on hand to showcase a snippet of our vast collections and talk with guests about some of the ongoing research projects that they are actively engaged in.
  • Bishop Museum Education Programs – GO and GROW! will be open and guests are encouraged to learn about native plants while planting their own seedlings.
  • Bishop Museum Sustainability Initiatives – Participate in a unique Bishop Museum Scavenger Hunt and learn about the Museum’s efforts in being a sustainability partner.
  • Social Media Contest – Participate as an event attender or virtually and you could win a sustainable goody bag and a Bishop Museum Family Membership!
    Post a selfie picture or video at one of the Museum’s “examples of sustainability” as outlined in our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt and make a commitment to take action. Virtual participants are encouraged to share a sustainability message and/or highlight a personal sustainability practice (ie. aquaponics, recycling, compost, etc.). For contest rules and information click here.
  • Partner Community Organizations – Sustainability cannot be achieved in isolation – as such, Bishop Museum has invited organizations from within our communities to partake in the day’s events and share with our guests the good work they are actively engaged in.  A list of our invited partners can be found below.


Bishop Museum Departments and Partner Organizations

Bishop Museum Cafe by Highway Inn
Bishop Museum Ichthyology Dept.
Bishop Museum Invertebrate Zoology Dept.
Bishop Museum Malacology Dept.
Bishop Museum Membership
Bishop Museum Press
DLNR: Division of Aquatic Resources: Alien Invasive Species Division
Hawaii Pacific University: Center for Marine Debris Research
Kōkua Hawai’i Foundation
Kōkua Sun Care
Nā Kama Kai
NOAA Inouye Regional Center
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
NOAA Pacific Islands Regional Office
NOAA Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program
NOAA National Weather Service Central Pacific Hurricane Center
NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Outrigger Zone (OZONE)All Good
Paepae o He‘eia
Parley for the Oceans
Surfrider Foundation
Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i
UH Mānoa Algal Biodiversity Lab


Mahalo to our hospitality sponsor Outrigger Hotels & Resorts

All Bishop Museum safety protocols regarding mask-wearing, temperature checks upon entry, and social distancing will be implemented, as well as COVID-19 mandates at state and county levels.

Image: Courtesy of NOAA Hawai‘i

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Mar 20 2021


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