Hawaii Islands

Ecology Program


  • Hike through tropical volcanic landscapes

  • Learn Hawaiian traditions and history

  • Conduct in-water fish surveys for a local organization


Hawaii's Valley Isle – Maui – is home to natural wonders, vibrant wildlife, and a growing human population. On the island, agricultural needs compete with wildlife habitat, and traditional Hawaiian culture coexists with rapid, touristic development, making for a complex and delicate balance. Join us in the field to study the dynamics of island ecology and sustainability, from the ridge top to the reef.


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Health & Safety

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Planning & Support

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Tuition, Financial Aid, & Fundraising

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Your Fieldwork

Systems Ecology

The study of island ecosystems benefit from an integrative approach. You'll participate in a variety of research projects, including water quality assessment, sustainable taro farming activities, and snorkel transects to gather data on native fish.

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Partner Profile

Edwin "Ekolu" Lindsey is the president of Maui Cultural Lands, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ecological restoration and the preservation of Hawaiian culture. Ekolu believes that conservation is woven deeply into the fabric of traditional Hawaiian culture.


"We work to understand conservation not just as an area of study, but as a way to interact with the world around us."