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Virtual event connects Maui youth with careers in conservation

By Staff | May 14, 2021

Denby Freeland, Waihe‘e Refuge education coordinator for Hawai‘i Land Trust, speaks at an educational event.

On May 19, Maui Huliau Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting environmental literacy and leadership among Maui’s youth, will host a virtual “Careers in Conservation” event for Maui students interested in pursuing environmental careers.

The event will feature more than 20 Maui professionals from a range of environmental career fields, who will share more about their jobs, their career paths and their inspiration for working to protect the ‘āina.

“Each year the number of people enjoying our beautiful Hawaiian islands grows, making it increasingly critical to protect our natural resources,” said Denby Freeland, Waihe’e Refuge education coordinator for Hawai’i Land Trust. “Luckily, the conservation field has become very diverse. There are numerous opportunities for youth to pursue their own interests and talents while contributing to the longevity of our fragile ecosystems.”

The event will be hosted by alumni of Maui Huliau’s programs who helped found the Huliau Alumni Council last May. Alumni will facilitate breakout rooms where students can engage in an informal Q&A with the presenters.

The presenters represent a range of careers, including marine science, government, sustainable agriculture, sustainability infrastructure, watershed protection and other types of natural resource management.

“This event will be a unique opportunity for youth to learn from and network with diverse professionals within the conservation field” said Hi’ilei Casco, Huliau Alumni Council co-founder and host of the Careers and Conservation event.

“Networking can connect you with new mentors, resources, and inspiration for future career pathways!”

Youth living in Maui County between the ages of 12 and 22 can join this free event via Zoom from 3:30 to 5 p.m on May 19 by registering on the Maui Huliau Foundation website by Monday. May 17, at: https://mauihuliaufoundation.org/careers-in-conservation/.

The alumni council will also host a free virtual Trivia Night event the evening before on May 18 from 5 to 6 p.m. via Facebook Live. Maui residents of all ages are welcome to participate and can register by May 17 at facebook.com/mauihuliau.