From the Mountains to the Ocean

Student opportunity for class and field work in ahupua‘a management

  • 5 November 2019
  • Author: Frederika Bain
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From the Mountains to the Ocean

If you’re interested in finding out more about and preserving the ahupua‘a system, Hawai‘i’s unique form of land use from mauka to makai, check out these one-year fellowships in ahupua‘a management for UH students. Beginning in Spring 2020, students will join a diverse team of UH faculty, natural resource professionals, and cultural and community groups engaged in restoring ecologically and culturally important Hawaiian ahupua‘a. These unique fellowships will involve experiential learning and community-based projects that employ Hawaiian concepts of biocultural resource management to address current and future challenges to the sustainability and resiliency of Hawaii.

Fellows will be trained in how to access both the latest scientific information and also traditional ecological knowledge to restore the health of the Islands and their people. They will also enroll in an upper-division course, NREM 467 Natural Resource Conservation Planning, to learn how government agencies and professional organizations develop management plans to promote sustainability and resiliency.

The one-year fellowship includes a stipend for project work during the summer as well as funds to support travel and materials. Junior or senior undergraduates enrolled at any UH System campus are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students with knowledge of Hawaiian or other Pacific Island languages and protocols for biocultural management.

The attached flyer provides a summary of the fellowship requirements and benefits. Applications, which should be emailed to project director Travis Idol at idol@hawaii.edu, are accepted on a rolling basis. Selected applicants will be interviewed before final offers are made. This work is supported by the Experiential Learning Initiative program of USDA NIFA.

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