NALU Studies offers two sequential courses and a mentorship program.  Students study a traditional Hawaiian ahupuaʻa (watershed) and engage in a curriculum aligned with the Hawaii Department of Education Content and Performance Standards in science, career and life skills, and educational technology.  Students can earn high school and/or college credit from Windward Community College for each course towards their academic goals.  Students are between the ages of 13 to 17 years old and are in a cohort of up to twenty.

Waikalua Loko Fishpond
The Pali
Haiku Valley
Kako`o`iwi Lo’i
Kawainui Marsh
HIMB Coconut Island
Windward Community College
Reef exploration
Hawaiian Cultural practices…
Water sampling
Community service
DNA extraction
Leadership and Teamwork

Each course is 150 hours long, with a combination of hands-on learning experiences through field expeditions and academic learning.  Courses start with nature activities that include hiking, canoe paddling, and snorkeling to build trust and relationships.  This is an opportunity for students and staff to get to know each other better and develop a bond as a team.

Nature activities lead into a two-week intensive academic program, where students work in the laboratory, conducting college-level scientific experiments, collaborating in groups and working alongside professionals and experts.  Students present their research at the culminating event, a formal scientific symposium attended by scientists, community leaders, and families.