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Haleakalā National Park Chooses Its Summer Interns

May 3, 2012

Haleakalā National Park is poised to mentor its second round of local student interns this summer. Two programs were created last year to encourage high school and college students to learn about the National Park Service and explore potential careers. All interns are provided free daily transportation to and from the park and a living allowance to help them offset costs related to the program.

Pōhai Maile is a three-week program designed to introduce high school youth to the various operations in the park that provide stewardship of its natural and cultural resources and the infructure to support safe visitation and recreation for the 1.2 million visitors that come to Haleakalā NP each year. They will also have several opportunities to meet and work alongside other conservation agenices to build their professional network, including the Maui Invasive Species Committee and the Department of Land and Natural Resources. College and career guidance provided by UH Maui College and the County of Maui is also an important component of the program to help local students improve their skills and ability to compete in the job market.

Twelve interns were selected through a competitive process. They are: Jahryiedan Apolo (Baldwin High School); Kanoa Awai-Dickson (King Kekaulike High School); Max Hurd (Seabury Hall); Daniel Jacintho (Maui High School); Sarah Jenkins (Moloka‘i High School); Pandora Jones (Kaimukī High School); Ku‘uipo Ka‘ai (Aka‘ula School-Moloka‘i); Iokua Kristall-Wagner (Kīhei Charter); Frank Kuamo‘o III (Baldwin High School); Kūpa‘a Luat-Hueu (Kamehameha Schools); Devan Takita (Baldwin High School); and, Chloe Wilson (King Kekaulike High School).

The ‘Imi i ka Lama Program involves an intensive eight-week experience that will introduce college students to park programs, affording them direct hands-on experience in natural resources management, interpretation, and facilities management. The interns are matched with the park program that best supports their academic and professional goals. In addition to free daily transportation, ‘Imi i ka Lama interns are also provided with a $200 per week living allowance and an AmeriCorps Educational Award that can be used to offset the cost of college tuition, books, and student loans.

The 2012 ‘Imi i ka Lama Interns and their assignments are:
1) Keli‘i Dias of UH-Hilo – Vegetation Management

2) Wailea Johnston of the University of Nevada at Reno – Interpretation

3) John Boyd “Waianu” Krause of Hawai‘i Community College – Kīpahulu District

4) Leroy “Pule” Krause of Hawai‘i Community College – Kīpahulu District

5) Alex Quintana of UH-Maui College – Kīpahulu ‘Ohana

6) Kaily Tamaye of Pacific University – Facilities Management

7) Noelani Vorhies of UH-Maui College – Team Leader

Haleakalā National Park encompasses two regions: The Summit District on the upper slopes of Haleakalā, which reaches elevations between 7,000-10,000 feet, and the Kīpahulu District that stretches along Maui’s beautiful eastern coast.

For more information about these and other internship opportunities at Haleakalā National Park, contact the park’s Internship Coordinator, Kūhea Paracuelles, at (808) 572-4452 or Kuhea_Paracuelles@nps.gov.

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