Applications for the 2016 Mānowai o Hanakahi summer program are now closed!
Still accepting recommendation forms.
ABOUT MĀNOWAI O HANAKAHI
Mānowai o Hanakahi (MoH) is an environmental summer experience
designed for middle and high school youth. A place-based and hands-on learning program,
participants learn by working with UH Hilo staff and researchers, community
members, and agency partners. Program experiences aim to: inspire & nurture interest in the natural sciences through
place-based relevant programming; share
the unique ecosystems of Hawaiʻi;
provide exposure to ʻāina-based pathways
& careers; provide skill-building and service learning experiences
that benefit our environment and communities.
Past Mānowai o Hanakahi sessions have included lessons and
activities related to natural history of the Hawaiian Islands, watershed
sciences, coral health and monitoring, traditional and modern aquaculture
practices, estuarine and coastal ecosystems, traditional and modern land
management, orienteering, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographical
Information Systems (GIS), water quality and monitoring, plant and animal
species monitoring, genetics, and ocean safety. From making observations to
gaining experience in data collection, participants will gain new skills, make
new friends, and learn about a host of careers in the environmental sciences.
2016 Course Description
Hawaiian Island Ecology
The Hawaiian Island Ecology course is 2-weeks in length and includes
three nights on Mauna Kea. The course emphasizes Hawaiʻi Island’s mauka and
makai ecological regions while participants develop an understanding of
Hawaii's natural history and conservation challenges. Through the experience of
huakaʻi, mini research projects and service learning activities, participants gain
skills and new perspectives of the environment. MoH youth practice native plant
seed gathering and outplanting, monitoring flora, fauna, water quality and
other activities that highlight human relationships that cross land and
seascapes such as making poi and learning about waʻa kaulua (double hull
canoe). From native forests on the upper eastern slopes of Mauna Kea to the
phytoplankton off the shores of Hilo Hanakahi and the honu of Kīholo on the
north Kona coast, participants will gain a deeper understanding of physical and
biological relationships that exist from mauka to makai.
2016 Program Partners & Study Site Hosts’
Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance
Teaching Change Program
US Fish & Wildlife, Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
UH Hilo Marine Science Department
Nā Mamo o Kāwā
Hui Aloha Kīholo
The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi
Holokai Voyaging Program
Program Cost & Scholarship Availability
Successful Mānowai o Hanakahi applicants will have a $250 Registration Fee for the 2-week
course. The program cost includes lodging and food during the overnights on
Mauna Kea, and supplies needed for full participation. Need based scholarships available. If the Registration Fee
is a hardship contact Erika at firstname.lastname@example.org or 933-0707
for sliding scale & scholarship details.
Course Drop-Off & Pick-Up Location: UH-Hilo PIPES Office: Army Reserve Building, 400 W. Lanikaula Street in Hilo.
To learn about our past camps view these pages:
Mānowai o Hanakahi 2015
Mānowai o Hanakahi 2014
Mānowai o Hanakahi 2013
How do I apply?
Complete your application online OR submit your application by US Post, fax, e-mail or in person (contact info below). Additionally, applicants must submit a Recommendation Form (completed by a teacher or personal acquaintance) as part of their application packet.
UH-Hilo PIPES: Mānowai o Hanakahi
Office of Research: Army Reserve Building A
200 W. Kawili Street
Hilo, Hi 96720
Fax: (808) 933-0704