Mālama i nā Ahupua‘a

Gain knowledge about traditional Hawaiian use of land and water and understand why this knowledge is important today. Discover the unique ethno-botany of our islands. Learn about changes in land use over time and how they affect our environment. Work with local caretakers and stewards, students and faculty and learn what it is to mālama ‘āina, or take care of the land. For more information download our brochure.

Who we are

Mālama i nā Ahupua‘a is a service learning program organized and run by instructors and student coordinators, community partners, additional faculty.

What we do

The Mālama I Nā Ahupua‘a service-learning program integrates cultural, historic and environmental learning. We help with restoration, maintenance, documentation, and oral history collection.The program works with a number of community partners and sites. We aim to develop a “sense of place” by creating a fund of knowledge and practical experience.

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Who can participate

Open to students, family members, and friends. We often have visiting groups from other organizations or institutions from high and middle school student, teen clubs and summer fun programs to halfway houses and foreign university students.

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Where we work

The individual/group projects address current community needs. Examples of our projects and service sites include the following:

- Bishop Museum
- Diamond Head State Park/Peace Garden
- Hoʻoulu ʻĀina
- Foster Botanical Gardens
- Hālawa Valley Heiau
- Hanauma Bay
- He‘eia Loko I‘a
- Kahana Valley
- Kaho‘olawe
- Kaniakapupu, Nu‘uanu
- Kapapa Lo‘i o Kanewai
- Kawainui
- KCC’s Native Plant Gardens
- Lyon Arboretum
- Makiki Nature Center
- Mākua Valley
- Mokauea
- Palolo Valley
- Ulupō
- Waihe‘e Lo‘i
- Waikalua Loko I‘a
- Wawamalu Beach Park/Ka Iwi Shoreline

To get more information about these sites, dates of activities, and to find driving directions, please visit our calendar pages.

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To learn more

For more information download the brochure or email csssl@hawaii.edu