Welcome Summer 2018 Interns!

Mālama Maunalua welcomes this year’s summer cohort of summer interns who will be working a variety of projects including transplanting urchins to remove or prevent a species of invasive algae. Below are their bios and details about their work this summer!

Landon Awada
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Landon is a senior majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Management with a specialization in coastal ecology. Growing up in Hawaii Kai and learning how to surf in the bay gave him a deep appreciation for Maunalua Bay and the land surrounding it. During his summer internship, he will be helping to manage Mālama Maunalua’s new sea urchin seeding project in the Paiko Restoration Area. This project will help to determine the feasibility of this biocontrol method to remove and prevent the spread of invasive alien algae using sea urchins.

Chrislyn DeMattos
Lewis & Clark College, Portland
Chrislyn, who hails from Kaneohe, is a rising senior and an Environmental Studies major with a concentration of Environmental Conflict in Pacific Island Nations. This summer she will be helping to develop lesson plans and educational materials for huki events and schools so that volunteers can be better prepared for their experiences with Mālama Maunalua. She also will be assisting with the Seagrass Restoration Initiative.

Kai Hoshijo
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Kai is an undergraduate student pursuing a Natural Resources and Environmental Management degree with a specialization in cultural resource management. She is also a cross country and track athlete for Hawai’i athletics. She was born and raised in Niu Valley and has done volunteer work with the Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center and Wally’s Organic farm. This summer, she intends to work on her place-based sharing project, focusing on sharing the cultural significance of the Maunalua area.

Kameron Oguma
University of Hawai’i at Manoa Graduate
Kameron is an intern at Malama Maunalua through the Kapili ‘Oihana program. He was born and raised here in Hawaii and grew up in Ewa, where he currently lives. He recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource and Environmental Management. During the course of this internship, he hopes to gain knowledge of Maunalua Bay and make a positive impact.

Alec Wong-Miyasato
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Alec is from Kaneohe and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. His project for this summer is an “Urban Forestry Initiative to Protect the Bay” where he will develop a plan to incorporate trees in the neighboring watersheds to reduce storm water runoff and reduce the potential negative effects from major rain events.