SEA Summer Session

Aloha 'Aina: People & Nature in the Hawaiian Islands

Embrace the land and the sea...Participate in a resurgence of community-led sustainability efforts in Hawaii. This service-based summer program encourages hands-on cooperative action with local leaders and stakeholders throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Get involved and make a difference while developing a first-person understanding of the complex relationship between traditional knowledge and modern environmental efforts.

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Overview: Summer 2014 | Hawaii

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What?

Aloha 'Aina: People & Nature in the Hawaiian Islands, weaves together traditional Hawaiian knowledge, values, and practices with contemporary western science, instrumentation, and ecosystem management.

Where?

Cruise Track: Honolulu, HI to Honolulu, HI
Destinations: Oahu (Honolulu) > Lanai'i > Maui > Molokai' > Oahu (Honolulu)

When?

May 27 – June 28, 2014

May 27 – June 4: Hawaii Pacific University, O'ahu
June 4 – 25: At Sea
June 25 – 28: Hawaii Pacific University, O'ahu
Note: there is no shore component in Woods Hole for this program

Who Should Apply?

Aloha 'Aina is a great fit for students with an interest in service-learning, community development, and resource management. Instruction is at the sophomore-junior level, and courses are designed to meet both general education and upper division elective requirements. We welcome students of all majors to apply.

Program Description

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Aloha `Aina, a Hawaiian conception of ‘love of the land,’ describes a deep and enduring relationship between Hawaiian people and the land and ocean resources that sustain them. In this service-based program, students will see Aloha `Aina in action, combining traditional and western environmental approaches, working with community leaders, ocean resource managers, and coastal stakeholders as they implement actions to sustain marine environments. The program weaves together traditional Hawaiian knowledge, values, and practices with contemporary western science, instrumentation, and ecosystem management.

Students will first spend two weeks on shore at Hawaii Pacific University, and then travel throughout the Hawaiian archipelago aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans for three weeks,engaging with community-based projects that are developing innovative solutions to land-based pollution, over-fishing, and climate change adaptation. Students will develop scientific expertise on the key biophysical processes that support ocean resources and coastal cultures, and a rigorous understanding of the unique combination of social, ecological, and policy dimensions of marine resource management emerging in the Hawaiian Islands. The sea component will provide a unique combination of science, seafaring, and project-based service learning.

A 3-day final symposium at Hawaii Pacific University's Hawaii Loa campus will allow students to present their policy recommendations to a panel of experts.

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Course Descriptions & Syllabi

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Academic Credit

Summer Session I carries 6 semester hour credits from Hawaii Pacific University for successful completion of the program.

Course Descriptions

Marine Resource Management:  Social, Ecological, and Cultural Dimensions (300-level, 3 credits)

Note: this course carries Hawaii Pacific University credit & is only offered in Summer I Pacific: Aloha ‘Aina.
Coastal communities throughout the world are highly reliant on ocean ecosystems, and threats to ocean resources places at risk the livelihoods, cultures, and economies of coastal people. In this course, students will develop an understanding of the key threats to ocean resources such as land-based pollution, overfishing, and climate change adaptation, and critically examine innovative solutions to these threats. Students will gain a deep understanding of cultural resource management approaches, and their application in modern policy contexts, providing a transferable skillset for emerging ocean leaders and professionals.
 

Ocean Environment of the Pacific Islands (200-level, 3 credits)

Note: this course carries Hawaii Pacific University credit & is only offered in Summer I Pacific: Aloha ‘Aina.
An introduction to the oceanography and the technologies for operating at sea. The concepts of navigation (piloting, celestial, and electronic), and the physics of sail are taught from their bases in astronomy, mathematics, and physics. During classroom instruction and while standing watch, students learn how to operate basic oceanographic equipment, the methodologies involved in the collection, reduction, and analysis of oceanographic data, and the attendant operations of sailing an oceanographic research vessel.
 

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"SEA Semester was the perfect environment to learn about a vastly important but often overlooked part of our world, the oceans. The classroom time was very engaging and I learned a great deal in this more traditional academic environment. Of course, the sea component will probably be the most memorable aspect of my undergraduate education."

Evan Oleson
Economics Major
Williams College