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    A Comparison of Speech Rhythm in English Speakers from Hawai‘i and California 
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2018) Lobato Aljader, Lana ; Anderson, Victoria B. ; Interdisciplinary Studies
    There has been a long tradition, since at least 1945, of research into the rhythm of speech. Considered a universal feature of language, speech rhythm is often broken down into two main categories, stress-timed and syllable-timed. Languages are assumed to
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    Evaluate the Benefits of Insectary Plants for Sustainable Crop Production in Hawaii
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-09-26) Ng, Cheuk Ying ; Wang, Koon-Hui ; Interdisciplinary Studies
    Insect pests are causing major crop loss in agriculture crop production. Insecticide use is one of the popular solution to insect pests. Many others also see it helps of increasing crop productivity. Insecticides is widely used in industry, agriculture, and resident home. Both organic and synthetic insecticides can have negative impact on our natural ecosystem. While organophosphate and carbamate are harmful to human beings, many National Organic Program (NOP) compliant insecticides are still hazardous to pollinators, natural enemies or aquatic invertebrates. Continuous use of NOP compliant insecticides could result in a pesticide treadmill, and potentially lead to a buildup of insect resistance to insecticides. Approximately 65 million pounds of insecticides are used per year (Grube et al., 2011). Although insecticides are not the main culprit, overuse of pesticide is responsible for soil degradation. According to the International Soil Reference and Information Centre World Soil Information data, 46.4% of the soil is facing a significant loss of productivity and 0.5% suffers from seriously damage and completely loses its function (Omuto, et al., 2013). Development of non-chemical based insect pest management strategies not only could mitigate the above mentioned problems, but could also reduce external inputs for agriculture production which has been the top priorities of Hawai’i food crop production.
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    Implementing Sustainability Initiatives at the University of Hawaii at Manoa
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2011) Johnson, Robert ; Cusick, John
    The goal of this project is to transform the Environmental Center (EC) and surrounding Sustainability Courtyard (SC) into a center for civic engagement where sustainable practices are initiated, implemented, and demonstrated to the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) community. There are dozens of modular buildings similar to the EC on UHM campus being utilized as office spaces, conference rooms, libraries, and fulfilling numerous other purposes, as well as hundreds of these same modular buildings being utilized statewide by the Department of Education (DOE). For UHM students, a project focused on modular buildings similar to the EC presents opportunities to expedite the process of conducting studies, collecting data, and implementing sustainability initiatives in the average student’s four-year tenure. An outcome of these efforts will be a reinvigorated SC that serves as a symbol of UHM’s commitment to a greener campus and ultimately positions the university to become a leader in the implementation of sustainable technologies.
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    A University of Hawaii Intern's 2011 Hawaii APEC Experience
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2012-05) Aldinger, Kathy L. ; Caron, James
    What has Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meant to Hawaii? That has been a question of contention amongst the people who lives here since the announcement was made by President Barack Obama that the Summit would be held in Hawaii nei in 2011. Some were excited about the opportunity to showcase Hawaii as more than a tourist location, so that it could be considered for international meetings. Others felt that Hawaii would become a "post colonial stepping stone for the world market." Both sides held strong convictions.