Middle School Interns Graduate From Park Program
On Saturday, March 21, eight middle school students graduated from Haleakalā National Park’s Kupukupu `Āina internship program. The middle school program is held each year during spring break.
Interns explored the diverse habitats of Haleakalā by hiking several trails and helped park resource managers work with endangered species. They removed over 600 invasive plants and assisted with trail maintenance. Interns learned about national park law enforcement and practiced emergency medical skills via mock scenarios. The students also received job and career counseling through workshops offered by staff from the Maui County Human Resources office and the University of Hawaii Maui College’s CareerLink office.
Funding for the program was provided by non-profit partners Hau`oli Mau Loa Foundation, Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council, and the Hawai`i Pacific Parks Association.