HWF naturalist training
our naturalist education program, HWF teaches thousands of residents and visitors each year about whales,
dolphins, turtles, seals and the coral reef. We educate the public
about threats to the marine environment and teach responsible
boating and reef behavior.
HWF conducts naturalist training classes through the "EdVenture" program, part of the
University of Hawaii Maui College's Office of
Continuing Education and Training. The "Hawaii’s Marine Naturalist Certification & Training"
classes are held on the Maui College Campus in Kahului. In addition
to classroom work, the program includes eight hours of field
Kaikanani sailing catamaran and other locations.
Spring coursework and field training are underway,
but students can sign up for the summer course by calling Evelina
Bondar at (808) 984-3231.
Tailored for the tour boat crew and naturalists, this class offers
an overview of some of Hawaii's most visible protected marine life. It focuses
the animals' basic biological needs
and distribution and teaches how to assist in their protection.
Students may obtain a certification after meeting certain
who teaches the courses, has worked for the last 29 years as a
marine biologist, naturalist, naturalist trainer, policy advisor,
environmentalist, community organizer and dedicated advocate for
the ocean. She is co-founder and president of the Hawai’i Wildlife
Hawaii’s waters abound with rare and interesting marine life such
as dolphins, whales, sea turtles and monk seals. Yet few of our
visitors know that these creatures are protected by state and
federal laws and need ample room to go about the business of their
own lives. Becoming a certified marine naturalist is one way for
an islander to help our visitors enjoy
responsible viewing of our special wildlife while keeping the
wildlife from being loved to death.
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Students! Earn credit for
high school, college or community service programs through HWF's
Internship Program. Interns participate in
any or all of HWF's programs, helping with wildlife in the field,
educating the public or assisting in the office with data entry and communications.
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Traditional Taro and Fish Farming Project
Hawaii Wildlife Fund launched a new educational program in 2011 that brings Maui's youth into the island's rain forest to learn about
traditional taro and fish farming practices. The students visit Uncle
Oliver and Antie Valerie Dukelow's remote and "off the grid" farm where
they practice traditional management and land-use practices.
To help fund this educational effort, HWF received more than $10,000 in donations
from the Bierer family and friends in honor of their late son, Nicholas. The program, formally entitled "Kahakuloa Valley Ahupua’a
Restoration: Farming Taro and
Farming Fish to Sustain Island Communities," was blessed and launched in the valley with a celebration of Nick’s life: Ka Halia Aloha, Nick.
HWF also received $15,000 in funding for this project from the National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Region Marine Education and Training Mini Grant Program.
Hike Maui is also partnering with HWF to bring students from 4th grade through college to the Kahakuloa Valley to work and learn.
HWF Think Island campaign
Hawai'i Wildlife Fund increases public awareness about Hawai'i's unique reef ecosystems through outreach education efforts in the field, as
well as in the classroom through films, handouts and lectures. HWF advocates
the theme "Think Island":
Since 2004, HWF Naturalists have been working onsite at Ahihi Kina'u Natural Area Reserve on Maui
distributing information and teaching visitors firsthand about
proper reef etiquette. Those efforts have provided direct education and assistance to
more than 43,000 visitors.
- When fishing/gathering - take only what you need, observe all laws and pono
[correct] fishing practices
- when snorkeling for recreation - do not feed fish and show respect for sea turtles and
other marine life
- take only pictures, leave only bubbles
- Be akamai [smart] around the ocean and streams, watch
the environment carefully so as not to disturb it and to protect
your own safety
Interested? Please email us at
HWF naturalists and program leaders are available to give
informational slide shows at public functions, resorts, meetings and
other events. Contact us for more information or
Inner Ocean Hawai'i.
Diving & Snorkeling Guidelines
To help snorkelers, divers and boat operators care for the marine
environment, Hawai’i Wildlife Fund developed guidelines for
environmentally friendly ways to enjoy viewing the coral reef and its
inhabitants. The guidelines have been adopted by many of Maui’s dive and snorkel companies.
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