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Hawai‘i Land Trust (HILT)

HI - Hawai'i Land Trust and UH Maui College Partner on New Stewardship Program

The Hawai‘i Land Trust, a Hawaiʻi 501(c)3 nonprofit that protects, stewards, and works to connect people to the lands that sustain Hawaiʻi, has partnered with the University of Hawai‘i Maui College on a new environmental stewards leadership program.

The Hawai‘i Land Trust, a Hawaiʻi 501(c)3 nonprofit that protects, stewards, and works to connect people to the lands that sustain Hawaiʻi, has partnered with the University of Hawai‘i Maui College on a new environmental stewards leadership program.

The Ahupua‘a Stewards Leadership Program’s first session started June 8, 2021, and runs through July 29, 2021, offering a first-of-its-kind hands-on experience for high school students on Maui to develop and implement environmental decisions informed by ahupua‘a systems. Originally designed for 24 students, COVID restrictions allowed for 12 students ages 15-18 years old to participate in the twice-weekly classes, which include in-person sessions at the UHMC Kahului campus and field trips to Hawai‘i Land Trust and conservation partner sites on Maui.

This includes the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge, where students are learning how to use historical ecology. They are also studying the threat of modern disturbances like tsunamis and climate change to guide malama ‘āina.

“Ahupua‘a Stewards empowers the next generation of Hawai‘i’s leaders to care for and more deeply understand our precious natural resources,” said Laura Kaakua, President and Chief Executive Officer of HILT. “We are proud to partner with the University of Hawai‘i Maui College to offer classes with a fully covered tuition scholarship and $1,000 stipend upon completion.”

Scott Fisher, Ph.D., Chief Conservation Officer at the Hawai‘i Land Trust, is leading the eight-week curriculum and sessions.

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