Marine Debris Keiki Education & Outreach
MARINE DEBRIS CURRICULUM (PDF)
Hawaii Wildlife Fund initiated its Marine Debris Keiki Education
& Outreach program on Hawaii Island this fall, bringing two HWF marine science
mentors into 20 different elementary schools.
They introduce ocean circulation, marine ecology, human impacts and
other topics to students from K-5th grade. The mentors work with teachers to coordinate student activities that meet the math and science benchmarks and
"Common Core" standards for the State of Hawaii Department of
Education for each grade level. These in-class lectures conclude with
student presentations of potential solutions to reduce marine debris
in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific Basin.
The program culminates with a family "Beach Cleanup Day" at local marine debris
hubs like Kamilo Point (Ka'u), Pololu (North Kohala), Kanekanaka
Point (South Kohala), Cape Kumukahi (Puna), Kaipalaoa (Hilo), and
O'oma (Kona). The program began with financial support from a HWF
T-shirt fundraiser and will now be sponsored by
NOAA's Marine Debris Program.
For more info about this marine debris
prevention program or to sign up a classroom, please email us at
marine.debris.KEO@gmail.com. For more info about volunteering
for our next Ka'u coastal cleanup event, contact Megan at
email@example.com or 808-769-7629.
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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.
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
Kai Kanani 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 30 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 Hawaii 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.
HWF interns engage in hands-on field work through our conservation, research and education projects that focus on native wildlife protection, marine debris recovery and habitat restoration.
HWF's rich program allows people of all ages — from high school to retirement age — to learn, to experience, to immerse themselves in island life and culture, and to make positive change in the world.
Students may earn credit for high school, college or community service programs.
> MEET OUR INTERNS
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Traditional Taro and Fish Farming Project
Hawaii Wildlife Fund's Traditional Taro and Fish Farming Project brings
volunteers into Maui's mountain rain forest to learn about
traditional taro and fish farming practices. The volunteers 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 $30,000 in funding for this project from the National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Region Marine Education and Training Mini Grant Program.
Bluecology is also partnering with HWF to bring students from 4th grade through college to the Kahakuloa Valley to work and learn.
> VOLUNTEER WITH HWF
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Hawaiian Monk Seal Education
From 1996 to 2007, HWF voluntarily coordinated the Monk Seal Watch on Maui, educating the public and protecting monk seal "haulouts".
After working as HWF's Monk Seal Watch Coordinator, Nicole Davis
hired through the National Marine Fisheries Service to continue this work with federal
funding and to coordinate strandings on Maui. Volunteers with
NOAA's Monk Seal Watch create a "safety zone" around hauled out seals, marking the area with
yellow tape and standing guard to ensure the animals are not disturbed.
> MONK SEAL HOTLINE: (808) 292-2372
- HWF is currently assisting National Marine Fisheries Service in establishing a Main Hawaiian Islands photo ID catalogue.
- HWF's co-founder,
Bill Gilmartin, coordinated the relocation of aggressive male monk seals from the Northwestern Islands to the Main Hawaiian Islands
in an effort to reduce the "mobbing" of females by males during breeding.
- HWF conducted monk seal research on Midway Atoll for three years in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. The resulting data are used by the
National Marine Fisheries Service to assist in the recovery of this unique and endangered species.
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HWF Think Island Initiative
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 1996, HWF Naturalists have been working on the tour boats and
beaches of Maui
distributing information and teaching visitors firsthand about
proper reef etiquette. Those efforts provide direct education and
assistance to about 40,000 visitors per year.
- 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
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.
MORE > GUIDELINES
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