We were honored this summer to host a group of fantastic KUPU – Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) interns for a week. HYCC is centered on environmental conservation, restoration, education, and cultural awareness. HYCC gives individuals the opportunity to work outdoors with environmental agencies (like MPW) across Hawai‘i and to learn the principles of natural resource stewardship, while gaining valuable experience, knowledge, and skills that assist them in continuing their life pursuits.
The interns we worked with were part of the Summer Gateway Program, a program for young adults (ages 17-20) who are interested in exploring environmental work and education. The Gateway Program is an outdoor summer experience in which individuals work together as teams to complete hands-on fieldwork at various worksites.
The group that worked with us was awesome. They were professional, hard-working, smart, engaging and fun. They helped us with many of our projects including education and outreach, in-water fish and invertebrate surveys, beach clean-ups, our native plant garden, and more.