Help us involve Maui's youth in service projects in Maui's most special places from mountain to sea!

Hui Laulima is our way of getting Maui youth immersed in Maui's diverse outdoor environments including native rainforests, coastal wetlands, streams, and lo'i kalo (taro patches). This program also involves students in fun, hands-on service projects with organizations working to protect these areas. In its first school year this program was so popular that we had waiting lists both semesters! Help us continue this program in 2013 and involve students from all schools in even more restoration projects!

Our goal:

In 2013, we plan to involve up to 30 students from all Maui schools in 5 environmental service projects throughout the island. We have applied for funding for the program under Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority's Natural Resources Program and need to raise $1,000.00 in additional matching funds by the end of 2012. Raising matching funds is a great way to support our programs since your donation helps bring in even more funding for this program.

By donating, you help us offer this FREE program to students from all schools. You can help students experience environments on Maui that they have never seen, and help inspire them to become better stewards of Maui precious natural resources. Please contribute what you can and help us reach our goal!

More about the Hui Laulima program:

Hui Laulima is an after-school service learning club open to Maui students ages 12-18 from all schools. Hui Laulima allows students to learn about Maui’s natural resources and potential jobs in conservation, while helping community groups and government care for Maui's special places. The program uses the Hawaiian concept of the ahupuaʻa land division to highlight the relationships between mountain and sea and to explore the past, present and future of natural resource use in these areas.

During each trip, students learn about the ecology, history, and cultural significance of each place from those working to protect these environments. The students then participate in a service project on site such as marine debris clean-up or invasive species removal. During both semesters of our Hui Laulima program, 26 students contributed 91 hours of combined service to 3 natural resource projects.

In addition to impacting these environments, these hands-on learning activities dramatically increase the students' knowledge of natural resource concepts like watershed health, water quality, the cultural uses of resources, and the impact of invasive species. Pre and post-program tests on these topics show that 100% of students in the program increase their knowledge of these topics, with average test scores improving by over 44%.

For more information on our Hui Laulima program and how to sign up, please visit: http://www.mauihuliaufoundation.org/laulima

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