In the beginning of 2017, Hawaiian Mission Academy entered into a partnership with the University of Hawaii and the State Department of Forestry and Wildlife. The main goal was to expose students from 7th and 8th grade to the process of working together on a restoration project and what that entails at the Kawainui Marsh in Kailua.
During several months, students were able to participate in this project that involved conducting studies on types of ants, kinds of native plants, types of invasive species and the ability to recognize them. In the other hand, students were involved in planting and restoring native plants, and keeping a section of the marsh free of invasive plants.
On this second year, students will take a more research/data driven approach to find out about growth rate, precipitation levels, among other aspects. Hawaii Mission Academy – Windward Campus appreciates the opportunity given by these two institutions to allow students to engage, learn, and help preserve wildlife in Hawaii.