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Applications for the 2016 Mānowai o Hanakahi summer program are now closed!

Still accepting recommendation forms.

Mānowai Recommendation Form 2016



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.

2016 Manowai o Hanakahi Info Sheet

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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. *Visit to learn about our 2015 Wai & Kai Environmental Science Exploration (that was run & designed by Mānowai o Hanakahi and funded in partnership with Nā Pua Noʻeau).

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 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.

Mailing Address:

UH-Hilo PIPES: Mānowai o Hanakahi

Office of Research: Army Reserve Building A

200 W. Kawili Street

Hilo, Hi 96720

Fax: (808) 933-0704