Geosciences education grant to boost Native Hawaiian engagement

As part of a statewide collaboration, Windward Community College, the University of Hawaiʻi at MānoaHonolulu Community College and Kauaʻi Community College recently have been awarded over $2.6 million for the Partnerships for Geoscience Education project Halau Ola Honua, Our Living World.

Objectives of the project are to increase recruitment of Native Hawaiian high school students in science, technology, engineering and math fields at UH community colleges, increase the retention of Native Hawaiian students and facilitate the transition of these students to baccalaureate programs in earth and ocean sciences (geosciences), like those in SOEST.

“Now, more than ever, it is critically important for students to have a deep understanding of the natural environment, knowledge of how our environment is changing and why, and the ability to communicate these complex scientific issues clearly to the community,” said Margaret McManus, professor of oceanography at UH Mānoa and one of seven co-principal investigators for Halau Ola Honua.

Read more at UH News.