Please join us in Hilo, Hawaii for the first scientific conference co-sponsored by the Japan Society for Physiological Anthropology and the Human Biology Association, along with the Journal of Physiological Anthropology and the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  The conference’s theme is: “Modernization and Health in the Asia-Pacific Region,” and will be held from August 19-21, 2016.  The conference will include a few overview papers related to the conference theme, as well as research papers and posters.  The scientific presentations will take place on August 19 and 20, and the 21st is an optional excursion day to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a Man and the Biosphere preserve.


Hilo is located on the windward side of Hawaii Island (the “Big Island”), and is a lovely small city (population @ 50,000) that is the chief port for the island.  Hilo is located in a rainforest biome, but the island also includes almost all global biomes, from rainforest to desert (Kona side) to grassland (including the ranch country around Waimea) and alpine on the slopes of the mountains Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located at about 4000 feet elevation 25 miles south of Hilo, and includes a very active eruption of Kilauea volcano, trails, beautiful rainforest, some of the rarest birds in the world, a geological museum and much more.  The scientific conference will take place at the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, located next to the sea level facilities of many of the Mauna Kea Astronomical Observatories, including Suburu, the Japan National Telescope.