Interns make the world go 'round!
For the last 2 months Hui o Ko'olaupoko's field team (Kristen, Sanna, Maya and Lane) were lucky to be joined by 5 additional crew members through The Kupu ʻĀina Corps program. From the top right to left: Michael, Mason, Chey, Jones, and Rachael have all been a tremendous help and we will miss their extra help when their term ends in the middle of December. Mahalo to our partners at Kupu for their efforts to create and implement this amazing opportunity for local workers displaced by the pandemic.
The field team also had some extra help from Institute for Global Studies interns Zoe, Trinity, and Julia, all from different states on the Continent. These recent high school graduates chose to take a gap year and spent part of their time in Hawaii, helping us in the field while learning about ecosystem restoration and storm water management in Hawaii.
2020 has been a challenging year for all of us but with the help from a few volunteers and 8 temporary additions to the field crew we were able to accomplish a lot. Mahalo to all 8 of these hard working and energetic spirits for pushing us through some incredibly hard field work!
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The mission of Hui o Ko`olaupoko is to protect ocean health by restoring the `aina: mauka to makai. This is done in partnership with stakeholders including interested citizens, non-governmental organizations, government, educational institutions and businesses while using and focusing on sound ecological principles, community input, and cultural heritage.