Living on an island state makes clear the need for responsible human interaction with the environment. At the rate in which the world is being negatively impacted, an urgency exists to create options and practices for the sustainable use of precious resources. Involvement is encouraged – for example, the Mālama I Nā Ahupuaʻa (MINA) program facilitates students working alongside venerated elders, and cultural and community leaders, to learn traditional land maintenance, preservation and restoration methods.
Organized by community partners, faculty and student leaders, MINA runs four semesters a year and welcomes ʻohana and students from all disciplines enrolled at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Kapiʻolani Community College and other institutions of higher education. Individuals and groups of all ages are welcome to participate in its short-term programs or one-time activities.
The program is built around a series of common core activities and optional specialization. Common core activities at the introductory level include opening and closing sessions, as well as an upland (heiau), a midland (lo’i) and a lowland (fishpond) activity