Not you average day at the beach: a virtual exploration of mans influence on the natural world
Event Type
Student Poster
TimeTuesday, July 306:30pm - 8:30pm
LocationCrystal Foyer and Crystal B
DescriptionThe 2 mile long Ala Wai Canal was designed and artificially created in the 1920’s to drain the area that would become the extremely popular tourist destination, Waikiki beach on the island of O’ahu in Hawaii. The canal runs between the ecologically important Ko’olau Mountain Range down to the densely populated Waikiki beach. Dramatic elevation changes combined with high rainfall poses safety risks due to flash flooding. The Ala Wai canal is also extremely polluted and poses health risks due to disease and chemical exposure.

A'ohe hua o ka mai'a i ka lā ho'okahi: is a native Hawaiian saying that means “no task is too big when done together by all”. Pollution is a huge global problem whose solution beckons every individual’s participation every moment of the day. In order to engage and empower an individual, you must first make the problem relative to them. Storytelling narratives have historically been an important way knowledge is passed on in traditional Hawaiian culture. This poster accompanies the Visualization Showcase virtual reality perspective of the Ala Wai Canal network stations pollutant levels and water flow over an Arc-GIS framework integrated with a Hawaiian storytelling perspective to provide a culturally-informed water map of the Ala Wai area. This poster describes the overall process in the creation of the VR experience: from data science to storytelling.