Current Work / Research
Snail Extinction Prevention Program (SEPP)
O‘ahu Field Coordinator
Where Kāhuli Wander: a conservation introduction and post-release dispersal of Achatinella concavospira
Interested in helping Hawai‘i’s native ecosystems?
With Hawai‘i’s Governor proclaiming 2023 as the Year of the Kāhuli, a groundswell of support both in volunteer participation and in storytelling. Two short films about Kāhuli were aired as an hour-long PBS program along with a film on niu (coconut) conservation. A positive turn from the loss of the last Achatinella apexfulva, lovingly known as George, in 2019 and the worldwide media attention that was focused on Hawai‘i’s Kāhuli extinction crisis shortly after, which includes the short film below produced by The Atlantic.
Paepae O He‘eia
During my time at Paepae I put the concepts of mālama ‘āina (care for the land) and ‘āina momona (abundant lands) to practice, building pilina (relationship) with place and people. Pilina also included learning the stories encoded in the geography and biology of the ‘āina itself, remembering that the land has sustained generations before us.