The University of Hawai`i at Hilo campus was established in 1947 and became a distinct entity in 1970. There are over 4,000 students enrolled at this institution which is located on the Big Island of Hawai`i.


Hawaiian Ethnobotany (HWST 211)
Hawaiian herbs and plants; their identification, their place in the heritage of the Hawaiian people, their medicinal properties, and other practical uses; extensive use of Hawaiian terminology.

Hawaiian Ethnozoology (HWST 213)
Hawaiian fishes, birds, and other creatures: their identification, their place in the heritage of the Hawaiian people, methods of capture, their practical uses; extensive use of Hawaiian terminology.


C. Arkangel
Leslie Henani Enos
Kekoa Harman (
Robin Ali’i Hauani’o
Sonia Juvik (
S. Kailihou (
D. Kawaiaea-Harris
Larry Kimura
Hiapo Perreira
Scott Saft
Laura Shiels
Glenn Kalena Silva


The following links contain information shared and received during the OSN’s Teaching Tuesday Symposium and Workshops held at the Society for Economic Botany in Frostburg, MD (July, 2012).
Core Ethnobiology Objectives Checklist
Workshop Overview
Sustainable Landscapes Information
Learning Activity Example: Sustainable Alternative Landscape
Learning Activity Example: Chemical Ecology in the Garden

Biology in the Garden Workshop Submissions
Apiary Avengers
Bat Boxes
Container Ecology
Garden Aquapoly Culture
Landscaping with Natives
Mixed Gardens: Species Interactions
We Love Gardens
Where do garden plants come from?
Salamander Rescue Project

Developing an Ethnobiological Conservation Reserve
In this educational module, students’ will develop a plant for an ethnobiologically focused nature conservation reserve.

The Endangered Nēnē Goose and its Potential Threat to Human Air-Traffic in Hawai’i
This exercise is built on a current human-environmental issue that involves an endangered species (the N?n? goose), airport personnel and airplane passengers, local environmental groups, a local Hawaiian cultural group, a private golf course, US Fish and Wildlife biologists, and a federal wildlife service agency.  The problem is that large birds, like geese (Branta spp.) are formidable threats to humans in airplanes because the geese can cause crashes when they hit the airplane and are sucked into the engines.