Maui Middle School Interns Graduate From Park Program
By Maui Now Staff
Eight middle school students on Maui graduated from Haleakalā National Park’s Kupukupu ʻĀina internship program during a ceremony held over the weekend.
The students worked over their spring break to remove more than 600 invasive plants and assist park staff with trail maintenance.
The internship also provided students with an opportunity to explore the diverse habitats of Haleakalā by hiking several trails where they helped park resource managers work with endangered species.
Interns also learned about national park law enforcement and practiced emergency medical skills via mock scenarios.
As part of the program, students received job and career counseling through workshops offered by staff from the Maui County Human Resources office and the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s CareerLink office.
Funding for the program was provided by non-profit partners Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation, Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council, and the Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association.