Three interns graduate from Maui Conservation Leaders Program

Na Hua Ho‘ohuli i ka Pono Summer 2017 intern graduates and leadership team are Hoku Hu, program assistant (from left); Jessica Atwood, Maui Invasive Species Committee intern; Kalena Lee-Acgaoili, The Nature Conservancy intern; Amy Frate, Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project intern; Kuhea Asiu, program director; and Serena Kaldi, program coordinator.

The Na Hua Ho’ohuli i ka Pono Internship Program recently recognized Jessica Atwood, Amy Frate and Kalena Lee-Acgaoili on a successful completion of their summer internship program.

The interns worked with the Maui Invasive Species Committee, Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project and the Nature Conservancy, respectively.

They participated in field work consisting of invasive species removal, endangered seabird monitoring, overnight camping and watershed protection. Interns also participated in the program’s leadership development component, which included daily assignments and Saturday meetings.

In their final week of the program, interns traveled around Maui, working and learning with other entities such as ‘Auwahi Wind Farm, and meeting with County Council Member Elle Cochran to understand how the political process affects natural resources protection.