internship opportunity!

Don’t forget, APRIL 3 is the deadline to apply for our summer internship!

Spend your summer with us, experiencing:
  • the role of science and community engagement in marine & terrestrial conservation;
  • science based initiatives ;
  • technology and innovations for conservation, including GPS/GIS/Google Map use, remote sensing and in the field technology;
  • policy and communications;
  • fundraising and finance;
  • leadership and career development

For more information click here.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to by 5:00PM on Friday, April 3, 2015.  Your cover letter (not to exceed two pages) must address the following:

  1. State your current education level and how you meet the four basic qualifications listed above.
  2. Tell us about a previous internship, job, or team you were on, and what role you played as part of that team or group of colleagues.  What did you enjoy about being a member of that team or group?
  3. How do you think this internship will benefit you? How will you use it to benefit the world around you?

the rising pacific

This week we participated in the Pacific Risk Management ʻOhana (PRiMO) Conference.  This ʻohana is a coalition of organizations with a role in hazard risk management in the Pacific region; organizations that recognize the value of the collective action and are committed to enhancing cooperation, coordination, and collaboration to strengthen and sustain hazard resilient communities.

“We live in a sea of land, the sea is not what isolates us, it is what connects us all.” 

What a great experience this was.  This was not only a gathering of first-responders and federal organizations, there were non-profits, individuals, and community members present from throughout the Pacific, from Hawaiʻi to Guam to American and Independent Samoa, and even representatives from Native American tribes.  There were deep discussions on how indigenous and traditional knowledge can help connect and better prepare individuals for the effects of climate change and how building trust and relationships is the true way to success.

“We are all brothers and sisters, with each other, with the plants, the animals, the land and the sky, we are all connected” 

We met with so many outstanding individuals from all walks of life and left this conference truly inspired to work together with our partners and use the knowledge that we hold to fire the change for a better tomorrow.

uhu, whales, seals, turtles, oh my!

Maui Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will be hosting an outreach event to share information on the protection of humpback whales, monk seals, sea turtles, and other marine species.

Maui DLNR and NOAA will be at the Kīhei Boat Ramp in South Maui and the Māla Ramp in West Maui on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 & 15 from 8am- noon.  

Just remember the guidelines for safe protected species viewing:

  • Turtles: Keep a 6-10 foot buffer as a best practice.  Please do not touch, pick-up, restrain, jump over, straddle, pursue, ride, harass, harm, or otherwise disturb.  These actions can be considered illegal and federal and state consequences apply.
  • Whales: Federal regulations prohibit coming within 100 yards of whales when on the water and 1,000 feet of them when operating an aircraft.
  • Hawaiian Monk Seals: Please give them their space if they are hauled out on beaches, do not enter roped off areas, if a seal approaches you, move away to avoid interaction and cautiously exit the water.  Please keep your dogs on a leash when in the presence of monk seals to avoid injury and disease transmission.
    • If you see an injured or entangled marine mammals call the Marine Mammal Stranding and Entangled hotline at 888-256-9840.

They will also be educating ocean users on the new fishing rules that went into effect on November 1, 2014.

observe this!

Join us tonight for a talk story event hosted by HCA featuring our very own marine fellow, Kalani!

He will be talking about his experience as a longline fishery observer & his journey to becoming a TNC marine fellow.

TONIGHT, Tuesday, March 10th at 5:30PM at the KUPU office, 12th floor lanai of the Gold Bond Building: 677 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1200, Honolulu, HI 96813