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Hawaii Islands
Ecology Program


  • Hike through tropical volcanic landscapes

  • Learn Hawaiian traditions and history

  • Conduct in-water fish surveys for a local organization


From the summit of Haleakalā National Park to Maui’s colorful coral reefs, the Valley Isle has so much to teach us about endemic species, biodiversity, and our shared connection to the land. Cultivate your passion for the natural world as you you assist our Hawaiian partners with ongoing research and conservation projects, help with a community beach clean up, and explore the island from ridge to reef. Come away with tools and contexts for addressing the critical conservation issues that threaten the island — and how to apply this newfound knowledge within your community. There is an option to earn 3 undergraduate credits through the University of Montana (separate registration process and tuition fees apply).


EPI’s Individual Student Travel Programs are designed for middle school, high school, and college students. You’ll join a group of other passionate students from all over the country, assist with real wildlife conservation projects, and propel your career path forward with confidence and a new sense of independence.

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Health & Safety

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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."