We hope to offer more educational events in the coming years. Listed below are events we hosted this past year.

Ecological Detection Dog Presentation with Lauralea Oliver

Saturday July 13th, 1:30-4:30pm

Detection dog trainer and handler Lauralea Oliver will give an overview of her work as the lead trainer for HT Harvey & Associates Ecological Consultants, which works in support of species conservation efforts, ecological research, and regulatory compliance. Lauralea has trained dogs for a number of novel situations including the detection of giant garter snakes, Morro Bay kangaroo rats, western pond turtle nests, California tiger salamander, and the Phytophthora fungus which is responsible for Sudden Oak Death. In addition to the ecological detection dog work she does, Lauralea is an instructor and trial judge for National Association of Canine Scent Work, which popularized scent work for pet dogs. Lauralea is the owner of K9 InSCENTive LLC based in California.

Date and Time

Sat, July 13, 2019

1:30-3:30pm – Presentation
3:30-4:30pm – Q&A Session with Lauralea


Aina Haina Public Library
5246 Kalanianaʻole Highway, Honolulu – View Map


Talk Story & Potluck with Andrew Glaser of New Zealand Dept. of Conservation, and special guest Nicole Galase

Saturday July 13th, 5:00-7:00pm

Andrew Glaser is known as “Captain Whio” for his role as the caped crusader for the Whio Recovery Programme of the New Zealand Department of Conservation. The whio or the blue duck is endemic to Aotearoa, and is classified as endangered due to its fragmented and shrinking population. Andrew and his highly trained canine sidekicks spend weeks at a time in the bush locating whio so that various recovery methods can be implemented, including translocation and improved predator control. In addition to working his own dogs in the field, Andrew is a certifier for the Conservation Dog Programme, meaning he tests and certifies other dog/handler teams before they can go out in the field.

During this informal talk story session, Andrew will talk about his work with the dogs and whio, followed by a Q&A. All while you enjoy pupus and drinks!

Follow Andrew’s work on Facebook under Neo the Whio Dog or on Instagram at @neothewhiodog.

We will also have a special guest Nicole Galase who will present the following talk at the conference: “Detector Dog (and other methods) Lead to the First Confirmed Band-rumped Storm Petrel Colony in the Hawaiian Islands.” At our potluck she will talk about what was involved in this successful project.


Bayer Estate at 5329 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Honolulu – View Map
(makai side of highway, at the corner of East Hind Drive)


Not required

What to Bring:

Pupu and/or drinks: If you are able to, please bring a pupu to share with everyone, and whatever you’d like to drink (alcohol is allowed since this is a private location). For those of you who are also attending the Lauralea talk, there is a Foodland in the same shopping center as Aina Haina Library (see map below).  If you don’t have time to buy or make something, no worries! Most potlucks end up with more than enough food.

Utensils: We will provide paper plates, compostable cups, napkins and chopsticks, but it would be appreciated if you could bring your own forks and spoons.


The entrance for Bayer Estate’s driveway is on Kalanianaʻole Hwy directly across the street from East Hind Drive, right before the blue sign for Calvary-By-The-Sea Church if you’re driving east from Honolulu.

You may park anywhere along the Bayer Estate driveway.