About ‘Ike Wai

In 2016, University of Hawai‘i launched the Hawai‘i EPSCoR ‘Ike Wai project supported by the National Science Foundation. Over the course of five years, the program’s integrated research, education, and community engagement efforts aimed to not only ensure Hawai‘i’s future water security but promoted resource management within the state in way that was sustainable, responsible, and data-driven.  

The three project goals which used scientific, cultural and social dimensions were to collect new hydrological and geophysical data on ‘Oahu and Hawai‘i Island, develop a new data and modeling platform for Hawai‘i volcanic hydrogeology, economic modeling and decision support, and lastly, to establish an integrated set of pathways to train and develop a diverse cohort of students, postdoctoral and faculty researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.