PI-CASC place-based projects highlighted in Voice of the Sea episode

Host Kanesa Seraphin interviews Kamala anthony and Cherie Kauahi in front of scenic fishpond near Hilo, Hawai'iUniversity of Hawai‘i at Hilo graduate students Kamala Anthony and Cherie Kauahi discuss the importance of fishponds to their community and their research with Voice of the Sea host, Kanesa Seraphin.

    This weekend the half-hour science program Voice of the Sea premiered another episode highlighting three place-based research projects that have been funded by the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center.

    The episode, called "Adapting Culture to Climate Change," focuses on how scientists, cultural practitioners, and community members are working to understand and adapt to the effects of climate change. The episode begins by discussing with PI-CASC-funded graduate students Kamala Anthony and Cherie Kauahi, from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, their two projects aiding the restoration of Hawai‘i Island fishponds. Their research examines the impacts of climate change on the fishpond conditions by examining salinity effects on algae growth and nutrient variability through groundwater influx. Side by side with this is the effort to enhance their community by promoting the fishpond restoration, to strengthen their connection to place and thus community adaptive capacity. The third PI-CASC project presented is one conducted by Noelani Puniwai, who explores people's perception of the effects of climate change on an important social place, namely a favored surf spot. She discusses an unexpected correlation she found between a positive outlook on climate changes and an individual's connectedness to their beloved community location.

    Voice of the Sea is a weekly television series, produced by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant Center for Marine Science Education, which focuses on telling stories of scientific and cultural work in the Pacific to engage the community in environmental and societal issues in exciting and inspiring ways. The show airs across the Pacific Basin, in Hawai‘i, US territories, and the affiliated Pacific regions, reaching tens of thousands of viewers each week. Since first airing in 2014, the show has won 16 Telly Awards for its excellence.

    This episode, the ninth of season five, is now available online at www.voiceofthesea.org.