Hawaiʻi EnviroScience is a partnership of organizations around the Big Island that offers opportunities to K–12 students in the environmental science fields. Here is a list of our partner organizations and their profiles.
Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC)
Kupu provides a home organization for the Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC). Through its various programs, Kupu aims to provide experiential education, as well as job training, leadership, teamwork, and life skills development opportunities to help youth and young adults succeed in life and encourages them to serve their communities.
HYCC hosts opportunities for high school students, college students, college graduates, and concerned community members as well.
Phone: (808) 735-1221
Address: 4211 Waialae Ave Suite 1020, Honolulu, HI
Three Mountain Alliance
The largest watershed partnership, the Three Mountain Alliance (originally known as the ʻŌlaʻa Kīlauea Partnership) was formed in 2007 and covers 1,116,300 acres. With 9 partners, the overall goal of the Three Mountain Alliance is to sustain the multiple ecosystem benefits of the three mountains of Kīlauea, Mauna Loa, and Hualālai by responsibly managing its watershed areas, native habitats and species, historical, cultural, and socio-economic resources for all who benefit from the continued health of the three mountains.
Phone: (808) 985 6197
Address: Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718
Center of Microbial Oceanography, Research and Education (C-MORE)
The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) is a recently established (August 2006) NSF-sponsored Science and Technology Center designed to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the diverse assemblages of microorganisms in the sea, ranging from the genetic basis of marine microbial biogeochemistry including the metabolic regulation and environmental controls of gene expression, to the processes that underpin the fluxes of carbon, related bioelements and energy in the marine environment. Stated holistically, C-MORE’s primary mission is “Linking Genomes to Biomes.”
Phone: (808) 956 8964
Address: 1950 East West Road, Honolulu, HI
Kupu, a 501(c)(3) Hawaiʻi-based non-profit, was formed in 2007. Kupu exists because of a heart to serve. Kupu in Hawaiian means “to sprout, grow, germinate, or increase,” and like the kupukupu fern (which is one of the first plants to bring life back to the land after a devastating lava flow), Kupu’s heart is to bring life back to the people, the land, and the ocean. Despite tragedies and hardships which Hawaiʻi’s people and environment may have faced, like the kupukupu fern, through our actions and programs we aim to assist in providing a new beginning with hope and promise.
Kupu’s mission is: “To empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity (pono) with God, self and others.”
Phone: (808) 735 1221
Address: 4211 Waialae Ave Suite 1020, Honolulu, HI
Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center (PACRC)
The Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center provides the infrastructure to support world-class aquaculture, marine science, and conservation biology programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Center activities also include interdisciplinary research and development in coastal areas throughout the world and, through the Hawaiʻi Cooperative Studies Unit, a wide variety of ecological and environmental projects.
Students are actively involved in all aspects of Center operations. The Center coordinates several student internship programs and employs numerous students every year. The Center also maintains close relationships with aquaculture firms, many of whom also employ UH Hilo graduates.
Phone: (808) 933 3289
Address: 1079 Kalanianaʻole Ave, Keaukaha, HI
Pacific Islands Program for Exploring Science (PIPES)
The Pacific Islands Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) is a university level project-based internship program housed within the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. PIPES is committed to increasing the recruitment and retention of local students, especially those of Native Hawaiian ancestry, into fields of study, and ultimately careers, related to the natural resources of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region.
Phone: (808) 933 0705
Address: 360 W. Lanikaula St, Hilo HI
U.S. Dept of Agriculture - Forest Service
The Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry has been a center of research and technology transfer for matters of management, preservation, and restoration of natural ecosystems and landscapes throughout the Pacific. the Institute’s area of responsibility includes seven US affiliated political entities in the Pacific: the State of Hawaiʻi, the Territory of Guam, the Territory of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.
Phone: (808) 933 8121
Address: 60 Nowelo Street, Hilo, HI
Papahānaumokuākea Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
Interactive displays, engaging three-dimensional models, and immersive theater allow the visitor to experience the wonder and majesty of this special ocean region. A 2,500-gallon salt-water aquarium provides a habitat for some of the fishes from the NWHI reefs. Next to the aquarium, in a small alcove is a mock-up of Hawaiʻi Undersea Research Laboratory’s Pisces V submersible. Using working robot arms visitors can experience what it might be like as a researcher descending into the dark depths of the ocean. This exhibit is a major hit with the kids, as well as adults.
Phone: (808) 933 8195
Address: 308 Kamehameha Ave Suite 109, Hilo HI
The Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance (MKWA)
The Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance (MKWA) is one of eleven watershed partnerships in Hawaiʻi voluntary landholder alliances with in a geographic area, and encompasses the second largest land area, over 500,000 acres. The MKWA is currently planning for and conducting work to provide for thoughtful land management, prepetuate cultural connection to Mauna a Wakea, and provide educational / research opportunities to malama native Hawaiian forests through on the groud projects. These grassroots efforts are representative of a model summed in this ʻōlelo noʻeau (poetical saying), " ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia" or no task is too big when done together. Service learning opportunities for educational and community groups can be arranged, contact MKWA for more information.
Phone: (808) 937-5170, Office: (808) 933-0622
Address: 160 Baker Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
UC San Diego Academic Connections (UCSD)
The UC San Diego Academic Connections pre-college program connects high achieving high school students with college subject matter courses led by graduate students in a wide array of academic disciplines, renown UCSD faculty researchers and subject matter experts in the field.Gifted high school students from around the world choose UCSD pre-college programs to prepare for success, and experience college-level academics. For more information please Contact UC San Diego.
Phone: (856) 534-0804
Address: University of California, San Diego
Academic Connections, MC 0176-S
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0176