Welcome to the Ethnobiology Society

: Our group is dedicated to exploring the relationship between humans and the biological world around us.

Xplorers Program - Upcoming event!

Molokai Service Learning Trip
Registration Deadline
: Friday, March 10th at 3 PM.
Deposit required: $50
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis, with 6 seats for undergraduates available (fully funded). 
The application must also include a liability waiver.

EBS will reimburse for flights, ground transportation, the cost of shipping our food into the park, and camping fees. This is made possible by generous funding from the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii at Manoa (ASUH), previous fundraising activities and your membership dues.

Expenses not covered, but required by participants = $50 deposit)
$10 for Collision Damage Waiver car rental insurance
$10 Gasoline for Transportation on island
$30 Flight baggage fees
Airfare (is paid for by ASUH funding)

IMPORTANT: To express your interest, then bring your deposit ASAP to Matthew Bond, St. John 405, (808) 219-1197 or submit payment via PayPal. 

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One (1) seat will be reserved for an existing undergraduate EBS member who is willing to assume a leadership position on the trip.
Five (5) seats will be reserved for new undergraduate members to allow new experiences for incoming members.
Additional seats may be opened for those willing to not seek reimbursement/funding (pay all expenses).

1) to learn about Kalaupapa and Molokai biodiversity and history
2) to perform experiential service learning work

Proposed Itinerary:
See attachment for the proposed schedule - Download
We are still finalizing our work assignments with the National Park Service. Itinerary is subject to change.

Expectations of Participants
1) To perform service work every day of the trip, up to (but not always) 8 hours a day. Work varies in nature and could include removing invasive species from archaeological sites, cleaning historical buildings, beach pick-ups, out-planting native seedlings, etc....Of course, we take work and play equally serious: so there will be time for fun, too! Be sure to bring a mask and snorkel.

2) To represent The Ethnobiology Society and the University of Hawaii at Manoa in a favorable light. Please be respectful of our hosts, collaborators, fellow team members, the people of Molokai, and the island of Molokai. Required reading (Cayan, 1999).

3) To attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session, the first of which will be Friday, March 10th, 3 PM. At these meetings you will meet fellow team members, be given the finalized itinerary, and learn about the history of Kaluapapa so that you can get the most of this experience. 

4) To have reasonable health and physical fitness. The trip includes descending (and ascending on our departure) the world's tallest sea cliffs to reach the peninsula where we will be working outdoors every day. The trail into the park is over three miles (5 km) long and descends 1,600 feet (488 m). Along its course are 26 switchbacks. The trail is not paved, but remains fairly clear and well-traveled. You are expected to descend and ascend this trail on foot with your gear and water for the hike. We will ship our food supplies into the Park using Makani Air services. You will be accompanied by experienced backpackers and we are happy to assist you with planning this part of the trip. With proper preparation we feel it is an accessible challenge for anyone who can complete a moderate-strenuous day hike such as the Kealia trail or Koko head crater. 

5) To be a dues-paying member of The Ethnobiology Society. Membership is $13/semester (Fall, Spring or Summer) or $20/year (includes summer). These monies are used to help us pay operating costs, incidentals associated with our events, and an end-of semester party. 

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6) To have the proper equipment: 
- sturdy shoes or boots (preferably with ankle support) for hiking and performing field work
- own (or share) a tent for camping for three nights while "topside" - if you don't have a tent we will share
- sleeping bag
- waterproof rain gear
- sufficient water bottles or camelbak
- hiking backpack (35-50 liters capacity) - this pack is larger than a typical school backpack, to carry your gear up and down the trail 
- headlamp or flashlight
- work clothes: long sleeve shirt and pants
- small first aid kit (sunscreen, band-aids, pain relievers, antiseptic, blister care)

Historic Kalauapapa Home
In the park we will stay in a historic home with twin beds, basic bedding, hot showers, full kitchen, laundry facilities and electricity. Within the park we will NOT have access to a grocery store. Therefore, all our food and personal needs items for the first part of our trip will need to be flown or carried into the park. Within the park, there is a small bar where a very limited number of beverages or snacks (ice cream and chips) may be purchased for reduced prices, but with strict daily limits. Be aware that proper I.D. is strictly enforced for alcoholic beverage consumption. Free, but unreliable wireless internet is available at the bar also. Cell phone reception on the entire island (even "topside") is extremely limited. Do not plan on being able to access the internet or cell phone reception for the entire trip. 

Tent Camping
"Top side" of Molokai we will be camping with access to water and toilets, but no hot showers. Some of our participants will have water filters and camp stoves for communal use. Please let us know if you are willing to share or provide your own. We will have a rental car in which you can stow some of your goods and charge your electronic devices with the proper adapter. 
Pala'au State Park | Papohaku Beach Park | One Alii Park

General Information:
Kalaupapa National Historic Park
This is a rewarding trip for everyone involved. Molokai is a beautiful island and Kalaupapa has a special history. Few people are afforded the opportunity to visit and experience the park in this manner. Kalaupapa National Historic Park preserves the former place of exile for victims of Hansen’s disease (leprosy). Ironically, although long “a place of the damned,” Kalaupapa Peninsula is one of the most beautiful places in all of Hawaii. The island’s north shore sea cliffs rise two thousand feet above the peninsula, separating Kalaupapa from the rest of the island. This area is designated as the North Cliffs National Natural Landmark. The park also includes a volcanic crater, lava tubes and caves, lush rain forest, verdant canyons, islands and coral reefs. During recent trips we have seen Hawaiian Monk Seals and recently born pups, as well as whales.


Halawa Valley:
Located on the extreme east of the island, Halawa Valley is a good introduction to Molokai. In the valley are some of Hawaii’s oldest village sites, dating to AD 650. For many centuries, farmers cultivated taro on hillside terraces here. The drive along Kamehameha V Highway (450) to the valley passes ancient fish ponds, churches, black-sand beaches and historic markers.

At the end of the highway is our campsite. In this Valley we will meet, learn from and work with the Solatario family who will guide us to the waterfall after our service project with them. The trail leads two miles (sometimes-muddy and mosquito heavy) past taro patches, guava, ancient rock walls, and through a green forest to Moaula Falls. The falls fills a rock-rimmed basin, which is one of the more scenic swimming pools you’ll ever see. Though kind of chilly, it's worth getting in for a swim!

Aina Pulapula:
In the center of Molokai is Aina Pulapula farm and education center. Here we will meet Uncle Bobby Alcain, Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner, farmer, and manager of Aina Pulapula. We will camp here and experience restoration techniques that use native and non-native plants to support cultural and biological diversity. 


University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, 3190 Maile Way, Rm 101,
Honolulu, HI 96822, ethnobio@hawaii.edu

The Ethnobiology Society is a Registered Independent Organization at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
 a non-profit registered in the state of Hawai`i.

With generous funding provided by

the English Department, Botany Dept., East-West Center, and the Center for Pacific Island Studies

Last Updated: March 7, 2017