January 31, 2023


Creating Possibilities

Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation fellowships sustain upcoming era of organic assets leaders in Hawaiʻi

From still left, Charleton Kūpaʻa Hee, Future Apilado and Aaron Wehrman

A few incoming graduate college students in the Division of Organic Sources and Environmental Administration (NREM) in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College or university of Tropical Agriculture and Human Assets were chosen to acquire Hauʻoli Mau Loa Basis fellowships for the 2022-24 educational yr. The intention of the fellowships is to produce the subsequent generation of pure source administration leaders from and for Hawaiʻi.

The Hawaiʻi college students ended up picked for their robust educational records as higher college and undergraduate college students, deep connections to and integration with the local conservation community, enthusiasm for the ʻāina (land) and keen fascination in preserving and protecting purely natural resources, and dedication to a profession that is effective toward preserving and sustaining the neighborhood ecosystem. All 3 learners will be entering the grasp of environmental administration (MEM ) qualified graduate diploma software in NREM in August 2022.

In addition to a tuition waiver, the pupils will receive a common stipend ($22,140/year additionally fringe advantages) and $5,000/12 months in experienced development cash for two years.

New Fellows

Charlton Kūpaʻa Hee

Born and elevated in Kailua, Oʻahu Hee graduated from Kamehameha Universities Kapālama in 2008 and went on to get paid a bachelor of science from Santa Clara University, double majoring in environmental science and studio art. Moreover staying an artist and large university cross country/keep track of and field coach, Hee is at present the lead subject technician for the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Snail Extinction Prevention Application.

For his MEM capstone task, Hee is thinking about detection probability and behavioral studies as it pertains to the conservation of native land snails. NREM Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology Melissa Value will serve as his adviser.

“I have the privilege of constructing a career in malama ʻāina, functioning right with the endangered kāhuli (tree snails) on Oʻahu,” he explained. “Supporting me for the following two a long time, both of those the Hauʻoli Mau Loa fellowship and NREM afford me the time and resources to look into thoughts and strategies I’ve amassed since the begin of my vocation as a wildlife conservationist.”

Destiny Apilado

A graduate of Mililani Superior School, Apilado gained a bachelor of science in biochemistry from UH Mānoa in 2021. She invested the bulk of her undergraduate time conducting exploration in molecular biology and tutoring college students extensively in math and science. Apilado’s intention is to do the job within Hawaiʻi’s agricultural business to strengthen food items safety.

“I have a deep love for all things science. To me, the Hauʻoli Mau Loa fellowship is a indicates of providing back again to Hawaiʻi,” said Apilado. “HML will allow me to stick to my path in main a existence that honors my house and contributes to a more healthy long run. I think contemporary nutrient-dense foods is important in sustaining an all close to wholesome group, hence it is of the utmost significance that Hawaiʻi has leaders passionate about feeding Hawaiʻi.”

Apilado is doing the job with NREM Associate Professor of Soil Ecology Susan Crow, concentrating her analysis on the applicability of lab-designed biochar (black carbon developed from biomass resources like wooden chips) generated from wastewater as a soil modification for farmers. Her project options the concept of a circular overall economy in which squander is getting processed and repurposed as a handy product for farmers.

Aaron Wehrman

Oʻahu born Wehrman is a graduate of ʻIolani School. He went on to UH Mānoa in advance of transferring to UH Hilo in his junior calendar year the place he in the long run graduated with a bachelor of science in environmental science.

No matter if it was getting in the sustainability club or surfing and becoming outside the house, Wehrman has usually felt a relationship to the setting and offering again to the Earth. Right after completing his undergraduate diploma, he understood he preferred to continue on his experiments.

“I am exceptionally lucky to acquire the Hauʻoli Mau Loa fellowship as with out it I would not have been capable to afford to pay for graduate university. In truth, just before finding out that I experienced obtained the fellowship, I was organizing on getting a hole year to do the job and help save funds to ideally reapply to graduate college later,” he stated. “Because of the fellowship, I will be ready to continue on my studies and give again to the group that has provided me so substantially throughout my everyday living. I hope to use this option to educate myself, educate other individuals, and carry out investigation that will increase Hawaiʻi’s atmosphere in as quite a few means as achievable.”

Suggested by NREM Professor of Forestry Travis Idol, Wehrman is at the moment debating in between a several distinct research assignments.