The Kohala Center (TKC)

This portal is part of a joint project between the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the University of Alaska funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF), Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.  The Center for Conservation Research & Training at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa together with The Kohala Center created this portal to promote conservation and restoration efforts at Kahalu‘u through public outreach, educational efforts, and applied and basic research. With TKC as a community-based center for research and education and as a community-based partner, the University of Hawai‘i can work effectively toward meeting the needs of various constituencies, including Native Hawaiian cultural and business organizations, local government, and local schools, to preserve and enhance the natural environment as a critically important intellectual, educational, cultural, and economic resource.

An “information cyberinfrastructure” is being developed at UH Mānoa for Kahalu‘u which will provide for secured storage of data resources and authenticated user accessibility through the The Kohala Center portal. Kahalu‘u users may apply for access by creating a user name/password with permissions currently managed by TKC staff.

Coastal water quality data currently being collected by the Kahalu‘u Citizen Scientist Program is being entered/stored in the portal database, as are documents, photos, maps, etc., for the Kahalu‘u/Keauhou region. Access to data stored in the information system through the TKC Portal is strictly controlled through user authentication; therefore, sensitive data may be securely restricted for use by authorized personnel only.

The framework, data and information gathered by sensors, citizen science programs and coral ecology component will be used to develop material useful for community education and outreach programs as well as for use in relating the reef resources to traditional cultural practices. Data on the biological status of the reef is also vital for interpreting environmental data provided by in situ sensors monitoring freshwater resources and local climatic conditions. The marine ecosystem health data collected will thus integrate with the freshwater and terrestrial components to allow for a holistic, ecosystem approach to understanding and managing the entire Kahalu‘u ahupua‘a from “mountain-to-sea.”