Plant Checklist of Kaho`olawe Island


The following researchers collaborated on this project. We also acknowledge the financial assistance of the Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED).

Native Hawaiian language terminology and translation was conducted in consultation with Kalei Nu‘uhiwa M.A.; Lilikala Kame‘eleihiwa, PhD; KIRC (Paul Higashino, Kahale Saito, Lyman Abbott); PKO (Kahale Saito); UH Mānoa Joseph Rock Herbarium; UH Mānoa Botany Department, and na mea kanu a ‘o Kaho‘olawe.

Michael B. Thomas, PhD
Dr. Michael Thomas is a botanist whose specialization is bioinformatics and its application towards the preservation of bio-cultural knowledge.

Katie Kamelamela is a graduate student in the Department of Botany, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Katie is from Waimalu, Oahu and her research interests include the interaction between traditional Hawaiian use of resoures and contemporary resource availability; adaptation and transmission of intergenerational ethnoecological knowledge; as well as ohana sovereignty.  In 2001 she graduated high school from Sacred Hearts Academy in Kaimuki, and received a Hawaiian Studies B.A. and Botany B.A. in 2008. She is now a graduate student in the University of Hawaii Botany Department, Ethnobotany track.  Katie's  current research focuses on the ethnoecology of contemporary Native Hawaiian gathering practices, food preparation and the implications of urbanization for resource availability.

Mark D. Merlin, PhD
The natural and cultural history images of Kaho`olawe Island presented here were taken by Dr. Mark D. Merlin, University of Hawai`i, during two visits (1980-1981). Content of the photographic series includes images of geological and geomorphological phenomena, native and naturalized flora and fauna, archaeological sites, environmental impact of alien species and military training, and cultural activities that took place on the island.

Charles H. Lamoureux, PhD
Images of the Kaho`olawe Island were taken in 1978 by Dr. Charles H. Lamoureux.

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