I have combined my love of the all things ocean and teaching as the Watershed Investigations, Research Education, and Design (WIRED) Program Director, a program that engages 6th-12th grade students in current, ongoing, leading edge research, in a Hawaiian cultural context. My experience with oceanographic and sail training vessels as well as teaching science for the Hawaiʻi department of education have been integrated to support students engagement in research projects investigating coral reef health, water quality, and ahupuaʻa ecology. I am also PAF’s technology coordinator, network administrator, STEM coordinator, and NALU Studies science and engineering educator.
My current research is in Estuarine Ecology, specifically how human land usage practices are impacting these highly productive systems. I am a Master’s Plan C student under Yin-Phan Tsang in her stream lab.
While at NREM, I am specifically investigating the impact the sand berm that is blocking connection of Kaelepulu Stream to Kailua Bay. Addressing the questions, Is this berm contributing to the poor water quality in the stream and associated estuary and when open does the poor water quality of the stream have a negative impact on water quality along one of the world’s most popular beaches. Using students from the WIRED program, can participatory research garner a greater sense of responsibility to care for place. My goal is to provide this information to resource managers to better steward this area for humans and nature.
Before coming to activities, each student/participant must perform a daily symptom screening. Please help us keep everyone safe and healthy.
In your household:
Has anyone tested positive for COVID-19?
Is anyone on home isolation?
In the past 5 days, has anyone had any of the following symptoms that are new or worsening, and not attributable to an unrelated pre-existing condition?
Fever greater than 100.4 °F or feeling feverish (chills, sweating)
Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
Unexplained muscle/body aches
Nausea/vomiting or diarrhea
Loss of senses of taste or smell
Unusually weak or fatigued
Runny or congested nose
Chest pain or pressure
In the past 14 days:
Has the Department of Health told you or a member of your family that they have been in contact with a person with COVID-19?
Has someone who lives with you or works closely with you been told by the Department of Health to stay home?
Has anyone participated in a group gathering of more than 14 people?
Has the student/participanttraveled out of the state and, as a result, currently under quarantine orders by the Department of Health or your medical care provider?
Has the student/participant been in close contact (less than 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes) with anyone that has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
If you have answered YES to any of the above,
please contact PAF and do not come to face to face activities.
Before coming to Pacific American Foundation (PAF) in-person activities, please help us by following the recommended guidelines:
Shower and wash body immediately prior to departure for PAF in person activities.
While in transit to activities, please maintain physical distancing and utilize proper PPE including a face mask.
When you arrive:
Please wear your face mask.
Stay in your vehicle until we check your temperature. If you are in the normal temperature range (97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C) you are welcome to participate. If you have a fever, you will be dismissed and advised to seek health care.
During activities, we take steps to keep students/participants safe, and ask you to assist us:
Learning tools given out to specific individuals may not be shared amongst students/participants.
Learning tools will be cleaned and sanitized by the individual who is handling it, under direction of staff to ensure proper cleaning and storage.
All participants/students shall continue to wear masks and physically distance at least 6 feet when practical. When distancing is not practical and cannot be maintained, after a period of 10 minutes, children will pause work and step away from each other for 3 minutes before returning to the activity.
Student work, when complete, can be photographed and emailed to the field lead instructor.
At the end of the day:
Learning tools will be stored, gloves will be removed, and hands will be sanitized.
When the student/participant returns home, it is recommended that they immediately shower, washing their hair and body, and that their clothing worn during the day is laundered.