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S.U.R.F Spring 2017


Kapiʻolani Community College STEM Program invites you to come and S.U.R.F with us at the Student Undergraduate Research Fair on Tuesday, May 2nd and Wednesday, May 3rd, at Ohiʻa Cafeteria from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Join us for a wide range of insightful research presentations set forth by the students of Kapiʻolani Community College.

For more information, please contact, Keomai Eaton at (808) 734-9262 or Li-Anne Delavega at (808) 734-9440. See you there!

Pa’ina with a Pro

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 marks the second Pāʻina hosted by the STEM Center.

Pāʻina with a Pro is an opportunity for students to engage with a former professional in the field, gaining professional insight and helpful tools as students prepare for the workforce.

This event will feature a Proʻs & Conʻs presentation by Sam Callejo, retired Civil Engineer and former Chief of Staff to Governor Cayetano. Sam has served as VP of Administration at UH Mānoa and as President of Construction Engineering Services, among other things, and has a plethora of working experience to impart on students.

Donʻt miss your chance to Pāʻina with a Pro. Wednesday, April 12th from 4pm-5pm at Kapiʻolani Community College STEM Center at Kokiʻo 202.

For more information contact: Keomai Eaton, STEM Outreach Coordinator at or by calling (808) 734-9262.

Check out STEM at 29th Annual International Festival Week

 As part of the 29th Annual International Week Festival, Kapiʻolani Community College STEM clubs will be sharing club projects and activities at Ohiʻa Cafeteria on Wednesday, March 22nd 2017 from 12pm-1pm.

Explore interactive exhibits designed by student club members and learn how you can get involved. Be a science explorer!

For more information contact:  Keomai Eaton, STEM Outreach Coordinator at

Manu-o-Kū Cam Livestreaming From KCC


Manu-o-Kū chick with parent on campus. Photo by Katie Gipson, KCC Student.

The Manu-o-Kū (aka the White Fairy Tern or Gygis alba) is a seabird indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands. This species can be found across the Pacific as well as in the south Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. Although listed as least concern on the IUCN red list, they are listed as threatened by the State of Hawaii. Because of this, these beautiful birds are protected by the State of Hawaii as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Since they are protected, you are not allowed to get near, mess with, or harm the bird, chick, or their nest. So, if you see one and would like a better view, please stay a minimum of 10 meters away. The Manu-o-Kū  is a bird of interest for us not only because it is a threatened, indigenous bird, but also because they are the official bird of the city and county of Honolulu and the Southern Shore of Oahu and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are the only areas in Hawaii that they can be found nesting.

Currently we have a livestream up of a Manu-o-Kū chick on campus. These are our “ambassador Manu-o-Kū ” since they nest in a very open and visible area, which gives us the unique opportunity to set up a camera to monitor the chick 24/7 and allows us to see the chick grow and the parents care for it. This livestream is a part of a SCI 295 class which is an undergraduate research project that monitors the nesting behavior, activity, and population size of the Manu-o-Kū  on KCC campus as well as some sub-projects that monitor the Manu-o-Kū  chick’s growth rate and the cultural importance of the Manu-o-Kū within the Hawaiian Islands.

If you would like to watch our  KCC chick grow up through the livestream, you can go to:

If the livestream goes down, please be patient! Those of us on the Manu-o-Kū  project are watching the livestream as well, so we know when it goes down and will get it up and running again as soon as possible!

Mahalo to the library for their help and technical assistance. A special thanks to librarian Joy Oehlers for being so patient and involved every step of the way.

If you would like to know more about the Manu-o-Kū  on campus, please contact Dr. Wendy Kuntz, KCC Student Project Mentor (734-9869 and she will arrange a student consultation. Manu-o-Kū nest on open branches and active nests on campus are marked with yellow flagging.  Please let us know if you see an unmarked nesting tern. On-campus, the KCC students can help answer any questions or help with a Manu-o-Kū chick reporting or rescue.  If they are not available, or if you are off-campus, please visit for phone number on who to call to report a chick on the ground or nest disturbance. This website has many amazing pictures of the Manu-o-Kū  and their chicks, includes basic information about the Manu-o-Kū, and is where you can get involved in the city-wide Manu-o-Kū  citizen science project.  

Author: Katie Gipson, SCI 295 STEM Experience in Ecology.  

Future in Pharmacy Presentation

Interested in Pharmacy?

Join us on Thursday, March 9th for a presentation by the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy Representative, Tracey Niimi and Admissions Counselor, Amber Manini.  Learn more about a future in pharmacy! Located at Kokiʻo 202.

For more information, contact Amber Manini at

Pāʻina with NASA

NASA and HESTEM Program Pathway

On Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 KCC STEM Center will be hosting our very first Pāʻina of the Spring 2017 semester. Presentations by Dilmurat M. Azimov, PhD, DSc Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UH Mānoa and KCCʻs very own Aaron Hanai PhD, Instructor of Math and Sciences.

Learn about HESTEM, the $500,000 NASA funded grant that aims to support the growth of STEM disciplines in statistically underrepresented communities.

“NASAʻs Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) program provides support for colleges and universities to build programs that connect students from underrepresented and underserved communities with NASA, giving them the strong foundation they need to pursue and excel in STEM fields,” said Donald James, associate administrator for NASAʻs Office of Education.

For more information about HESTEM research pathways please contact Dilmurat M. Azimov, PhD, DSc at