Mālama i nā Ahupua‘a

  • Are you curious about the unique ecology and ethnobotany of our Islands?
  • Are you committed to sustainable use of the environment?
  • Do you want to learn about the ecosystems of Hawaii and the interactions of organisms with their environment?
  • Do you want to understand why knowing traditional Hawaiian land and water use is important today?
  • Do you want to understand the values of native species’ conservation and alien species’ eradication?
  • Do you want to learn about changes in land use over time and how they affect the environment?
  • Do you want to work with local caretakers and stewards, as well as students and faculty from other disciplines and institutions?

Join the Mālama I Nā Ahupua‘a (MINA) service-learning program!

MINA integrates cultural, historic and environmental learning. It aims to develop a “sense of place” by creating a fund of knowledge and practical experience.

Location: Various environmental sites.

General Duties
Take care of Native Hawaiian cultural and natural sites under the leadership of kupuna and other caretakers. Assist with maintenance, preservation, restoration.

Hours: See the MINA calendar for details and updates on sites and activities.

Check out the MINA website for mandatory activities.
To fulfill the hour and topic requirements for this S-L program, you should participate in all mandatory activities and use the remaining hours to either work individually or in small groups at an approved site (a few examples: He’eia or Waikalua fishponds, or ‘ohana-style poi production) You can also participate in optional activities that fit your schedule and interests.


After registering to do service-learning as a Chaminade student (see the “Get Started” tab), attend a pre-scheduled training for a signature on your CUH Connection Form. You can simply show up on time; no RSVP needed for pre-scheduled training.See the MINA calendar and the Malama i na Ahupua’a website for updates. After completing your Connection form, submit it to the CUH Service-Learning Office and obtain your timesheet.

If you missed the orientation, but would like to participate this semester, check with the site coordinators to see if it’s still possible to join. Email csssl@hawaii.edu.

Site Supervisors
Dr. Ulla Hasager is an Ethnic Studies professor; she directs MINA and its core group of student leaders.