Interns Graduate from Nā Hua Hoʻohuli i ka Pono Program

August 11, 2017, 2:50 PM HST · Updated August 11, 2:52 PM
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Three interns completed the Nā Hua Hoʻohuli i ka Pono internship program this summer, working with the Maui Invasive Species Committee, Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project, and the Nature Conservancy.

Nā Hua Ho’ohuli i ka Pono Summer 2017 intern graduates and leadership team. From Left to Right: Hōkū Hu (Program Assistant), Jessica Atwood (MISC Intern), Kalena Lee-Acgaoili (TNC Intern), Amy Frate (MNSRP Intern), Kūhea Asiu (Program Director), and Serena Kaldi (Program Coordinator). Photo Courtesy

Jessica Atwood, Amy Frate, and Kalena Lee-Acgaoili participated in field work consisting of invasive species removal, endangered seabird monitoring, overnight camping, watershed protection, and more.

The three interns also participated in the program’s leadership development component which included daily assignments and Saturday meetings.


In their final week of the program, the interns went on huakaʻi around Maui, working and learning with other entities such as ʻAuwahi Wind Farm, and meeting with Councilwoman Elle Cochran to understand how the political process effects natural resources protection.

Nā Hua Hoʻohuli i ka Pono is currently recruiting for its Year Round 2017-2018 Program which will entail 19 hours a week from October 2, 2017- May 11, 2018. One position is available with the Maui Invasive Species Committee, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, and Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project. College level students on the island of Maui who are interested in careers in natural resources management and protection, and invasive species management are encouraged to apply. Completed applications and all required documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. on August 18, 2017.

Nikki Schenfeld
Nikki joined the Maui Now team in 2016 as a writer/reporter. Originally from Chicago, she has had internships with CBS2 Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she had the opportunity to interview some of Chicago's best athletes. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to Maui in 2013.


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