The UH Hilo provides cutting edge technology to better understand the dynamics of our island. Dr. Ryan Perroy, Assistant Professor at UH Hilo in the Department of Geography & Environmental Science and director of the UH Hilo Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization (SDAV) research lab, enlightened our club with an overview of a number of ongoing research projects including mapping erosion at the summit of Maunakea to detecting invasive tropical plant species with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). He is also in the midst of a multi-year project assessing coastal erosion rates and impacts from sea-level rise at three different locations across Hawaii island, using a combination of existing imagery and topographic datasets and new geospatial data collected with unmanned aerial vehicles.
Those pesky mosquitos can make you more than itchy. Of the six species of mosquitoes in Hawaii, two species are of primary concern that are active day and night. These species have been responsible and are capable of spreading Dengue, Zika, Chikunguya and other serious diseases. Jason Dela Cruz of the Department of Health explained the risks and prevention measures.
Whether solid waste or liquid waste, the challenge is the same-- can we turn this liability into a sustainable asset? Our County's Director of the Department of Environmental Management, William Kucharsky, focused on the current efforts to reuse wastewater, but also touched on the recent sewage spill in Hilo Bay and composting.
What is so light that it gets dispersed as litter in a light breeze, but strong enough to hold food; that can break into pieces that can take decades to breakdown, which pieces are ingested and toxic to marine animals and seabirds? Styrofoam. The introducer of a bill to ban styrofoam, Councilmember Eilene O'Hara, explained the reasons for the ban, potential cost impact to vendors who use them, alternative products, and status of the bill.
Project Name: Rotary Youth Leadership Academy for 2017
Date: February 24, 25, 26
Place: Kilauea Military Camp
Description: Annually, the RYLA program is offered to high school students on the Big Island. The nine Rotary Clubs on the Big Island partner to provide the program and logistics for RYLA. The program is designed to give high school students leadership skills and experiences. RYLA is Rotary’s commitment to developing our youths to become future leaders of our communities. in addition to developing these leadership skills, students participate in the Volcanoes National Park program to eliminate the invasive ginger plant.
RC of Hilo Bay sponsored 13 high school students for RYLA 2017. 5 from Keaau High School and 8 from St. Joseph High School. The students are members of the Interact Clubs at these high schools, and both clubs are sponsored by RC of Hilo Bay. There were a total of 62 high school students participating in this year’s RYLA at the Kilauea Military Camp.
Two members of RC of Hilo Bay participated in the planning and facilitation of RYLA 2017.