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Middle School Interns Graduate From Park Program

March 26, 2015
Interns at park entrance sign.

Interns at park entrance sign.

On Saturday, March 21, eight middle school students graduated from Haleakalā National Park’s Kupukupu `Āina internship program. The middle school program is held each year during spring break.

Interns at the summit

Interns at the summit

Interns with an `ahinahina (silversword), at the summit.

Interns with an `ahinahina (silversword), at the summit.

Interns explored the diverse habitats of Haleakalā by hiking several trails and helped park resource managers work with endangered species. They removed over 600 invasive plants and assisted with trail maintenance. Interns learned about national park law enforcement and practiced emergency medical skills via mock scenarios. The students also received job and career counseling through workshops offered by staff from the Maui County Human Resources office and the University of Hawaii Maui College’s CareerLink office.

Interns with Ranger Walter Pu in Kīpahulu near an `opihi rest area.

Interns with Ranger Walter Pu in Kīpahulu near an `opihi rest area.

Graduation photo, left to right: Lilia, David, Arnubi, Aidan, Ho'i, Justine, Mahina, Katelynne, Intern Program Coordinator Serena Kaldi and Middle School Program Assistant Lily.

Graduation photo, left to right: Lilia, David, Arnubi, Aidan, Ho’i, Justine, Mahina, Katelynne, Intern Program Coordinator Serena Kaldi and Middle School Program Assistant Lily.

Funding for the program was provided by non-profit partners Hau`oli Mau Loa Foundation, Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council, and the Hawai`i Pacific Parks Association.

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