Panel Discussion

Getting Started in a Conservation Career - Sharing Our Manaʻo

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For the 7th annual Conservation Career Day, UH Hilo will feature a panel discussion with professionals in environmental fields. These individuals will share stories about how they got started, as well as helpful advice for students and recent graduates.

Where
UCB room 100, UH Hilo Campus
When
Friday, April 26th: 12pm-1pm

Featured Panelists

Kamala Anthony

Hui Hoʻoleimaluō

Hui Hoʻoleimaluō

Born and raised on Moku o Keawe in the ili ʻāina of Waiuli, Kamala Anthony has dedicated her life to the community by means of loko iʻa. She recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo with a M.S Degree in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science and has established an organization with her friends known as Hui Hoʻoleimaluō. Hui Hoʻoleimaluō currently focuses on the restoration and maintenance of Honokea loko at Waiuli through education outreach, community advocacy, and place-based management.

David Benitez

David Benitez

National Park Service

David Benitez has a B.S. in Plant Biology from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and an M.S. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science from UH Hilo. He has spent the past 18 years working at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, most recently as the park Ecologist. He leads the park’s Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT), overseeing the control of disruptive weeds park wide. He leads management of invasive invertebrate pests including Little Fire Ants (LFA), and Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) management efforts, and coordinates the park’s air quality monitoring program.

Josh Pang Ching

Josh Pang Ching

Natural Area Reserves System

Josh works for the statewide Natural Area Reserves System (NARS). NARS implements management strategies to preserve in perpetuity specific land and water areas which support communities, as relatively unmodified as possible, of the natural flora and fauna, as well as geological sites, of Hawai‘i. There are 21 reserves on five of the main Hawaiian islands with 8 NARS on Hawaiʻi Island. NARS are home to some of the most endangered plants, animals, and invertebrates in the state.

Lea Kaʻahaʻaina

Lea Kaʻahaʻaina

ʻImi Pono no ka ʻĀina

Lea Kaʻahaʻaina was born and raised in Waimanalo, Oʻahu and graduated from Kamehameha Schools. She earned a BA in Environmental Education from Western Washington Universitye. Lea currently coordinates the Kahuapono student enrichment program for ʻImi Pono no ka ʻĀina/Three Mountain Alliance. The Kahuapono program takes 6th-12th grade students across Hawaiʻi Island to mālama ʻāina and connect with wahi pana. The program aims to instill in students a sense of place and responsibility to care for our island home.

Mililani Browning

Mililani Browning

Kamehameha Schools, Land Division

Mililani Browning, raised in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, works as the Natural Resources Manager for Kamehameha Schools under its Mālama ʻĀina Program. Mālama ʻĀina actively stewards native ecosystems on 130,000 acres of Kamehameha Schools lands across the State of Hawaiʻi.