Kapua's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Hawaii Roadtrip

KAPUA KAWELO

Natural Resources Manager
O‘ahu Army Natural Resources Program

“We have such an impact on everything around us...more and more people need to build conservation into their lives.”

INTERESTS:

Environment & Nature Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Passion Hard Work Values Support & Encouragement Community Dedication Doubt

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a Cause and Belief

BIOGRAPHY:

  • She grew up in a fishing family on O‘ahu; fishing grounded them in how to best use and respect Hawaii’s natural resources.
  • She was also a member of an organization that visited local archeological sites and led hikes to learn about native plants.
  • Went to the University of California, Davis, and started out as a pre-med student.
  • When she discovered the field of botany, it piqued her interest enough that eventually, she switched her major.
  • The summer after her sophomore year, she took an internship with The Nature Conservancy in Hawaii.
  • It opened her eyes to the fact that she could make a career out of protecting Hawaii’s native plants and animals.
  • After graduating, she started working at the O‘ahu Army Natural Resources Program as an intern.
  • She’s been with the program for over 20 years, rehabilitating O‘ahu’s threatened and endangered plant and animal species.

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