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If you are like my dad and always bummed you missed one of my talks...

donʻt worry you can get a taste of my research and enthusiastic presentation style from one of the videos below!

Nā kilo Ao Māiki: Observing the Microbial Realm

By better understanding the microbial mookuauhau of our aina - bridging cultural and historical knowledge systems - we can begin to decode the insight left to us by our kupuna and better evaluate overall ecosystem health, inform current monitoring, and perpetuate the restoration, sustainability and resilience of our native ecosystems @ Kanaina Building at Iolani Palace on August 22, 2018.


The Na Moolelo Lecture Series is an opportunity for the public to learn from Hawaiian cultural experts, historians and other museum professionals who prompt discussion of Hawaiian history and culture as well as museum practices. The free series supports Iolani Palace’s mission to preserve and share Hawaii’s unique cultural and historical qualities with the community.

Redefining Waiwai from Microbes to Mahinga Kai

Invited Keynote. World Indigenous Business Forum, Rotorua, NZ. 10/12/2018.

Microbial Dynamics of Hawaiian Fishponds

Invited. Seminar in Eia Hawaii Series, University of Hawaii. Hilo, HI. 04/13/2017.

Ka wai ola: Microbial Ecology of Hawaiian Waters

Microbes - the most abundant and diverse organisms - shape ecosystems from ridge to reef and play crucial roles in mediating food web dynamics, biogeochemical cycling and water quality. Here, I will share some data on the diversity, density, distribution, and metabolic characteristics of microorganisms within our Hawaiian watersheds specifically highlighting the importance of microbes in groundwater aquifers and their influence on coastal ecosystems. This work is of critical importance to local stakeholders as we begin to develop a deeper understanding of how our watersheds – running from mauka to makai – are interconnected and influenced by processes occurring at microscopic level.

Nana i ke kumu -  UH Innovation Conference, Water Resiliency in Hawaii

Puʻuhuluhulu University@ Mauna Kea

Puuhuluhulu University

@ kupuna tent

Kane and Kanaloa are coming: How will we Receive Them? A kanaka take on climate change.

Keynote Panel Lahui Hawaii Research Conference. Oahu, HI. 03/30/2019. Dr. Rosie Alegado, Dr. Noelani Puniwai, Dr. Kiana Frank and Dr. Oceania Francis moderated by another great wāhine scientist, Dr. Kealoha Fox.

Poni Manaʻo Podcast

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In this episode, Kalei and Kiana talk story about her passion for microbial biology as well as the value and practice behind kilo that led her to win the 2017 Purple Prize! Stay tuned for Part 2 of our conversation with Dr. Frank in the next Poni Mana'o episode. Poni Mana'o celebrates and shares the stories, experiences, and knowledge of indigenous innovators and thought leaders at the forefront of culture, technology, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship.

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What does indigenous wealth look like in the 21st century? In Part 2 of “Regenerating Kilo,” Kiana shares her manaʻo on measuring waiwai, or wealth, in indigenous innovation. Kalei and Kiana also continue their conversation about Innovative Iʻa Kilo’s work incorporating machine learning and kilo. 

Other presentations:

Ke ao māiki ka wā mamua, ka wā mahope: Microbial management ma uka i kai.  HK West Maui Scholars Series. Lahina, HI (zoom)

Pannel: A look at the cultural and historical significance of water in Hawaii (w/ Beamer, K., Sproat, K., Enos, K)

UH Innovation Conference, Water Resiliency in Hawaii. Honolulu, HI

Pannel: Visions from Hawaii: Indigenous Innovation. (w/ Ferreira, S., Lee, K., Kealoha, D., Musson, I., Lee, H., Gonsalves, R.)

East Meets West 2019 Conference. Honolulu, HI

"Rat Lungworm: What you Should Know" - INSIGHTS on PBS Hawaiʻi (November 17, 2022)

            Panelist: Cowie, R., Ansdell, V., Frank, K.L.

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