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Paepae o Heʻeia

Heʻeia Summer Internship 2023

Heʻeia, Oʻahu

Summer 2023


Post-high / College, Mākua & Kūpuna

Program Information:

Program Goals

  • Cultivate competent ʻāina-minded people

  • Contribute to the growth and success of the loko iʻa, its community, and pae ʻāina

  • Create meaningful connections with fellow interns and stewards of Heʻeia


Learning outcomes

  • Understand what it means to mālama ʻāina

  • Discover the capabilities of kanaka, both as an individual and lāhui

  • How to restore ʻāina in its current state

  • Become more culturally competent

  • How to perpetuate indigenous practices

  • Increased connection with ʻāina and self

  • Hawaiian systems of thinking

  • How to give back to loko iʻa and community

  • Hawaiian land management within ahupuaʻa system


Program Schedule

  • June 15, 2023 - July 28th, 2023 (8-week internship)

  • 30 hours per week at $14/hour

  • 6-hour work days, 8 am - 2 pm (Monday - Friday)

  • Accepting ages 18-24


Interns will be exposed to a diverse array of hana relating to mālama ʻāina, including but not limited to clearing land, invasive species management, kuapā restoration, planting/harvesting/processing kalo, loko iʻa management, fishpond resource distribution and so much more. Interns will have the opportunity to learn cultural protocol, moʻolelo, and inoa ʻāina associated with Heʻeia and their own spaces. Candidates must be able to work outdoors in rain or shine and must come ready to push themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. Candidates must work efficiently and effectively in teams and are expected to support each other, and will undoubtedly have the chance to create meaningful connections.


Please visit our website to fill out an application. Deadline to apply is April 1st, 2023.




Program Start:

June 5, 2023

Program End:

July 28, 2023

Registration Begins:

January 15, 2023

Contact for more information:
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