Service-Learning | Mālama i nā Ahupua‘a

Mālama i nā Ahupua‘a

"Taking care of the land"



  • Are you curious about the unique ecology and ethnobotany of our Islands?
  • Are you committed to sustainable use of the environment?
  • Do you want to learn about the ecosystems of Hawaii and the interactions of organisms with their environment?
  • Do you want to understand why knowing traditional Hawaiian land and water use is important today?
  • Do you want to understand the values of native species' conservation and alien species' eradication?
  • Do you want to learn about changes in land use over time and how they affect the environment?
  • Do you want to work with local caretakers and stewards, as well as students and faculty from other disciplines and institutions?

Join us in the Malama i na Ahupua'a (MINA) Service-Learning Program!


Location: Various environmental sites.

General Duties: Take care of Native Hawaiian cultural and natural sites under the leadership of kūpuna and other caretakers: maintenance, preservation, restoration.

Availability: year round.

  • HOURS: See our MINA calendar that has specific and updated information about our sites and events.
  • To fulfill the hour and topic requirements for this S-L program, participate in all mandatory activities and use the remaining hours to either work individually or in small groups at an approved site (a few examples: He’eia or Waikalua fishponds or ‘ohana-style poi production on Friday mornings) or participate in a variety of optional activities that fit your schedule and interests. We have several optional activities planned and continue to update the MINA calendar.

Training/Contact - Click here to view training date(s) You can simply show up to a pre-scheduled training for a signature on your Connection Form. No RSVP needed for pre-scheduled training.

  • See the MINA calendar and the Malama i na Ahupua‘a website for updates.
  • If you missed the orientation, but would like to participate this semester, check with the site coordinators to see if it's still possible to join. Email
  • Site coordinators:
    • Dr. Ulla Hasager
    • Dr. Nelda Quensell