Outreach Assistant Intern
Kawena Elkington joined the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance as an Outreach Assistant Intern in January 2014.
She graduated in May of 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Indigenous Resource Management at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, a degree designed through Interdisciplinary Studies that focuses on analyzing traditional resource management methods and incorporating these in modern communities. She is now pursuing a M.A. degree in Hawaiian Studies, focusing on Hawaiian perspectives of land management and indigenous policy involving Hawaiian rights and land management.
Previously, Kawena was a conservation field technician and education guide at Kualoa Ranch for three years. There she was able to gain experience working with various organizations including the Oahu Plant Extinction Protection Program, Oahu Army Natural Resources Program and Hui o Koʻolaupoko. She has been involved in KUPU programs, and interned with Hui Kū Maoli Ola and Papahana Kuaola.
She is passionate about the Hawaiian culture and language, and native Hawaiian plants. She spends her free time reading, hiking, paddle boarding, and writing.