Hui o Hoʻohonua
Mentor: Sandy Ward
STEM Fields: Cultural Ecology; Digital Media; Environmental Science; Forestry; Restoration Ecology; Social Sciences
Research Goal: Help to end the perpetuation of historical trauma to the land, water and people in the ʻEwa Moku on Oʻahu by harnessing the power of the community.
About Hui o Hoʻohonua
Hui o Hoʻohonua (HOH808) is a non-profit created as a community management and empowerment organization. Through the Mālama Puʻuloa program, they believe that the community has the power to restore Puʻuloa (Pearl Harbor) to its historical abundance, and they strive to involve the community in every way possible.
Their mission is to end the perpetuation of historical trauma to the land, water and people in the ʻEwa Moku on Oʻahu by harnessing the power of the community. To this end, their programs include engagement at all age levels from kindergarten to kūpuna with the aim of providing resource management and restoration through culturally relevant means. They actively seek out new partnerships and constantly work to increase funding and workforce. This also includes impacting resource management policy and policy makers, along with finding new and innovative ways to collaborate with the Navy.
Meet Our Internship Mentor: Sandy Ward
Sandy was raised in Oregon, and served as a science teacher at Mililani High School for 25 years. She retired from teaching in 2019 and co-founded the non-profit Hui o Hoʻohonua at the promptings of Uncle Emmett Aluli to mālama or take care of your own backyard.Her students took this call to kuleana, to heart, and her response was to form a restoration project in their area of Pearl Harbor. Sandy’s role in Mālama Puʻuloa is to build pilina – or relationship – with other individuals and organizations to build pathways for the next generation of young Hawaiian leaders.
Internship duties and responsibilities:
Students will have an opportunity to actively contribute to a variety of roles with Mālama Puʻuloa in the areas of Communication, Education, and Restoration. That could include activities ranging from creating digital media to conducting community outreach, to clearing invasive species from streams and fishponds. The building of pilina and networking is just as important as the physical labor of clearing and restoring the land. So students should be prepared to practice their communication skills in addition to working out in nature. Students will create an internship project that best suits their personal interests and skills.
For a list of projects with Mālama Puʻuloa, CLICK HERE.
Interns should be comfortable with and able to:
- Working on a team
- Communicating with others
- Getting dirty
- Working with your hands
Tentative Internship Schedule:
The schedule for this internship will consist of both online (synchronous/asynchronous) and in-person meetings. Students will participate in this internship for 2 consecutive weeks in June.
2022 Internship Schedule*:
- Spring 2022 – Monday, March 14th, 9:00am – 1:00pm (students to bring sack lunches)
- Spring 2022 – Thursday, March 17th, 9:00am – 1:00pm (students to bring sack lunches)
- Summer 2022 – Tuesday, June 14th, 2022, 9:00am – 3:00pm
- Summer 2022 – Thursday, June 16th, 9:00am – 3:00pm
- Summer 2022 – Tuesday, June 21st, 9:00am – 3:00pm
- Summer 2022 – Thursday, June 23rd, 9:00am – 3:00pm
*Schedules are tentative and are subject to change. Interns will be required to work 8 hours in the Spring 2022. Interns will be required to work 40 hours in the Summer 2022.
Make-Up Meeting Requirements: Make up meetings are possible but must be scheduled with Sandy Ward no later than June 12th. In the case of illness or emergency and you missed the deadline to reschedule, you will have a chance to make-up meetings no later than June 27th. All make up meeting requests must be sent to Aunty Sandy’s direct email.
Weekly One-on-One Meeting: Once a week, interns will need to meet with Aunty Sandy. You will need to select a one hour time during week 1 and week 2. The weekly one hour meetings are to be combined with three additional project hours. Students will be responsible to complete the project hours on their own time.
Week 2 Additional Virtual or Site Visits: Hours are available but will be dependent on availability and the amount of hours interns have individually completed at the end of week 1. Additional hours will equal 8 hours total. For example, the Hui Alaloa Project Site – on the Pearl Harbor Historic (bike) Trail on the section west of Lehua Avenue in Pearl City. Information about this www.malamapuuloa.org/hui-alaloa-project.html
2023 Internship Schedule*
Spring 2023 – Coming Soon
Spring 2023 – Coming Soon
*Schedules are tentative and are subject to change. Interns will be required to work 8 hours in the Spring 2023. Interns will be required to work 40 hours in the Summer 2023.
Internship Meeting Location:
Kapapapuhi Point Park
Ewa Beach, HI 96706