The Honolulu Chapter’s annual Hearts of Gold fundraiser featured butterflies, damsels in distress and an ARCS Scholar alum who is coming to their aid. Dr. Will Haines, who received the 2006 Maybelle F. Roth Award in Conservation Biology, described his efforts to increase populations of rare and endangered Hawaiian insects through captive rearing and breeding.
“It’s always a treat to see the positive work done by scholars we have supported,” commented ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter President Patty Lee. A canvas print and mousepad set featuring Haines’ photos of the featured insects were among items offered in a silent auction to raise funds for 2017 ARCS Scholars, and Lee presented an ARCS Anthurium to donor Glenda Rother. Also in attendance at the luncheon were ARCS Scholar alumna Philomene Verlaan, an ocean policy expert, and Caroline Uehara, wife of the late soil scientist Goro Uehara, the Honolulu Chapter’s 1993 Scientist of the Year.
Dr. Haines is a graduate of UH Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences) and the interdisciplinary Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate specialization program. His ARCS Award was funded by an endowment established by intrepid traveler and Spanish scholar Maybelle F. Roth and managed by Hawai‘i Community Foundation.