From July 22nd to July 25th I got the pleasure of joining Kupu Hawaiʻi to visit the island of Kahoʻolawe. The students on the trip were apart of Kupu Hawaiʻi’s Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps.(HYCC) summer program. We had 2 groups from Hilo Hawaiʻi and one from Kauaiʻi. Each group spent the last 7 weeks working with different conservation groups on their respective island learning about the environmental field and experiencing jobs they could have in the future. This was their last week of the program and they were spending it on the island of Kanaloa-Kahoʻolawe. I enjoyed learning about the activities they did over the summer and sharing my experience of working with the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership and now the East Maui Watershed Partnership. It was refreshing to see youth as passionate as I am about protecting Hawaiʻi’s special places. The Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) is who we worked with while on the island. They were very good at letting us know the schedule for each day and how to go about safely on the islands. I enjoyed and learned a few things by seeing how they run their volunteer program. Check out the pictures and captions below to learn more about this wonderful trip.
East Maui Watershed Partnership
"The overall mission of EMWP is to protect the Watershed from degradation by protecting native forests and their component native species as well as educating the local community about conservation and other issues relating to watershed protection."