Mānowai o Hanakahi- Environmental Summer Camps

2014 Application is now closed!

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Manowai

ABOUT MĀNOWAI O HANAKAHI

Mānowai o Hanakahi is an environmental summer camp for middle and high school youths. A place-based and hands-on learning experience, 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 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, native seed collection, ocean safety, and service learning. 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.

To learn about last year’s camps view these pages:

Malama Mauna Kea

Malama Kilauea

Malama Kekai

Select from four different 1-week camps for the summer of 2014:

WAI & KAI  (JUNE 16 - 20, 2014)

The 2014 WAI and KAI CAMP will provide participants with an overview of Hawaii’s natural history, unique ecological systems and conservation challenges. The experience will take campers to mauka and makai sites during this 1-week camp which includes 2-nights in the field on Mauna Kea.  From the eastern slopes of Mauna Kea to the shores of Hilo Hanakahi, participants will gain a deeper understanding of mauka-makai relationships. This introduction to Hawai’i Island's unique biomes will be hosted by the Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance & UH Hilo’s Marine Science Department. This course is targeting those who will be in 8th - 10th grade in fall 2014. Registration fee $75 – fee waivers available.

HAWAIʻI AND ME  (JULY 7 - 11, 2014)

The HAWAIʻI AND ME will provide participants with an overview of Hawaii’s natural history, unique ecological systems and conservation challenges. The experience will take campers to mauka and makai sites during this 1-week day camp. From the native forests in Volcano to the corals in Kapoho, this adventure will include huakaʻi around East-Hawaiʻi. Thus far, this newly added camp will be hosted by the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Registration fee $75 – fee waivers available.

MAUKA CAMP (JULY 7 - 11, 2014)

The 2014 MAUKA CAMP will provide campers the opportunity to view native Hawaiian forest ecosystems, learn about native species, watersheds, climate change, mauka-makai landscape connectivity, experience data collection and learn about pathways to natural science careers. The Mauka Camp itinerary will include lodging for 4-nights at the UH Hilo Research Field Station located at Hakalau National Forest Wildlife Refuge on the slopes of Mauna Kea. The course will be hosted by The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, UH Mānoa CTAHR Teaching Change Program, Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance & UH Hilo Marine Science Department. This course is targeting those who will be in 9th - 12th grade in fall 2014. Registration fee $100 – fee waivers available.

MULIWAI & MAKAI CAMP (JULY 21 - 25, 2014)

This year’s MAKAI CAMP will provide participants the opportunity to practice the scientific process through ecological investigations in estuarine and marine environments.  Program participants will learn about estuary and marine ecology while conducting group research under the guidance of marine researchers from the UH Hilo marine science department and The Nature Conservancy Hawaii. This camp session may include 1 - 2 nights camping in the field (exact overnight dates TBD). This course is targeting those who will be in 9th - 12th grade in fall 2014. Registration fee $75 – fee waivers available.

Applicants may apply one or more camps. Kamaʻāina students especially those of Hawaiian, Filipino, and Pacific Island ancestry, currently attending middle and high school, are encouraged to apply.  

There is a minimal registration fee once accepted into a camp. Registration fee waivers are available; please contact Erika at hperry@hawaii.edu for more waiver or program information.

How do I apply?

Complete your Manowai O Hanakahi 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

Email: uhpipes@hawaii.edu