Symposium on Kona's (West Hawaiʻi) Marine Ecosystem: Trends and Status

June 2, 2014 (updated 8/22/2014)

Symposium on Kona's (West Hawaiʻi) Marine Ecosystem: Trends and Status

September 4-5, 2014 at
Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
75-5660 Palani Road
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(click here for map)

About the Symposium

The focus of this two-day symposium is to provide a forum for scientists and managers to present and discuss information pertaining to the coastal marine ecosystem of West Hawaiʻi. An important focus will be to identify key time series information that can serve as indicators of ecosystem state.

A wonderful line-up of speakers will be presenting over the two day event, covering a variety of topics including cetaceans, larval dispersal and recruitment, fish and coral reef communities, community-based efforts, and decision-support tools for resource management in West Hawaiʻi.

In addition to the number of great presentations, the symposium will also be hosting an information booth session where local organizations conducting work related to the conservation, science, and management of West Hawaiʻi's marine ecosystem will be present. Similar to a poster session typically held at scientific conferences, the information booth session will provide an opportunity for attendees to interact and engage with local organizations making positive contributions in the area. The booth session will be from 5 - 6 pm, immediately following the last presenter on the first day of the symposium. We still have additional room in the information booth session - feel free to Jamison Gove ( if your organization is interested.

The symposium venue and hotel is the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi. The hotel is offering a special symposium rate for all attendees. Please call the Hotel Reservations Department at (808) 329-2911 and ask for the special Kona IEA Symposium group rate. Reservations must be made by August 4th, 2014.

Registration is free and the symposium is open to all who wish to attend. Please bookmark this page and check back soon for more information on registration, accommodations, and session topics. Registration will begin on May 31st and can be done through the following link:

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, June 27th, 2014 to be considered for oral presentations.

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Jamison Gove
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
Phone: (808) 725-5570

Dates to Remember

  • May 31, 2014 – Registration and abstract submission begins
  • June 27, 2014 – Abstract submission deadline
  • July 15, 2014 – Notification e-mails about Abstract Acceptance


Page Updates:

  • 7/23/2014: added venue and hotel information
  • 8/21/2014: added presentation abstracts, agenda, and updated flyer