educators, researchers, and students have accomplished here. These advancements improve our way of life, stimulate our economy, and work toward environmental sustainability.”

He said that innovations in research methods and practices help to preserve limited island resources and teach people to be better stewards. “Stewardship is a matter of cultural heritage and practicability,” he said. “You all know the importance of maintaining a balanced relationship with nature and the necessity of caring for the land and ocean.” He further called on his fellow citizens of Hawaii to ensure bountiful natural resources for generations to come.

“We all envision a better and brighter Hawaii for akaki, our children,” he said. “And the conversations taking place through this symposium will pave the way for that to happen.” He said that the symposium was “a great way to start the year 2011,” and he applauded participants for their leadership, dedication to education, and to the revitalization of the economy.

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