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.
Aloha 'Aina: People & Nature in the Hawaiian Islands
Aloha 'Aina: People & Nature in the Hawaiian Islands, weaves together traditional Hawaiian knowledge, values, and practices with contemporary western science, instrumentation, and ecosystem management.
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.
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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Summer Session I carries 6 semester hour credits from Hawaii Pacific University for successful completion of the program.
"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."