Next Generation Coordinator
Coming on to the team as our Next Gen Coordinator, Trisann Māhealani Bambico joins us from Waipi‘o, O‘ahu. She graduated with Honors from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo with a Bachelor's degree in Marine Science, minoring in Hawaiian Studies and Biology, and also obtaining a Marine Options Program Certificate. During her time as an undergraduate and while doing work on her senior thesis, she had numerous opportunities to present her research on conservation efforts in Hawai‘i at conferences around the United States through poster and oral presentations. As she furthered in her career, she co-authored two scientific papers that integrated Hawaiian culture into the research. Sharing the wealth of knowledge with diverse communities about natural resource management and research efforts in Hawai‘i are some things that she is dedicated to and she hopes to perpetuate these values to the next generation.
She believes that by beginning with a strong foundation and creating pathways through educational interactions, the future generation of cultural and conservation leaders will be inspired to enter into the conservation field. She concurrently works at Papahana Kuaola as a Kupualau Educator and Program Facilitator, where they offer quality educational programs focused on environmental restoration and economic sustainability, fully integrated with Hawaiian knowledge in order to exemplify a lifestyle respectful of kānaka, ‘āina and ākua. While working in her current job position, she has taught various age groups of fluctuating sizes on a wide range of Hawaiian topics. She likes interacting with children and networking with community members. With these experiences, she brings new energy and enthusiasm to the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance team.
On her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and connecting with her kūpuna by working with the kalo in the lo‘i and exploring the coral reefs. In addition, she likes to learn about her culture by creating Hawaiian crafts, attending cultural workshops, and spending time with her ‘ohana.