There is vital capacity and leadership in the Hawaiian islands to effectively conserve and restore native ecosystems and species.
A major goal of the Alliance is to develop conservation capacity throughout the state by increasing the number of Hawaii residents, visitors, political leaders and stakeholders who actively support and participate in the management of our native ecosystems. The Alliance strives to increase conservation literacy throughout Hawaii by facilitating opportunities for knowledge exchange and career development, leveraging support for community-led conservation efforts, and supporting activities that engage leaders in Hawaii’s political and business communities.
The Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference brings together researchers, students, resource stewards, cultural practioners, and those interested in mālama ʻāina to share knowledge and advance conservation practice.
The Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance and Foundation worked with several local partners to advocate for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress to come to Hawaiʻi in 2016. The highly-attended Congress resulted in a series of global commitments. The Alliance and Foundation are commited to supporting the implementation of the commitments in the Hawaiian archipelago and serving as active members of the global conservation community.
The Alliance’s Next Generation Program supports the professional development of the next generation of conservation leaders in Hawaiʻi by providing networking, internship, employment and mentorship opportunities. These opportunities for career development are cultivated and implemented by the Alliance’s Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Subcommitee made up of Alliance members and partners from government and private organizations in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Region.
Opportunities and resources available through the Next Generation Program include:
- Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Emerging Professional Workshop at the annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference. Learn more here.
- Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Mentorship Program at the annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference. Learn more here.
- Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference Student Scholarship Program (graciously funded through a partnership with the Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation) Learn more here.
- Student Awards for Outstanding Presentations given by student presenters at the annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference. Learn more here.
- ConservationCompass.org – Conservation Career Compass is Hawaiʻi’s new career development resource for the next generation of stewards interested in pursuing a career in conservation. Learn more here.
Conservation Connections is an interactive website connecting people to environmental stewardship opportunities throughout Hawaiʻi. Conservation Connections allows organizations to post, publicize, manage and track efforts ranging from volunteer and research to internships and job opportunities.