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Summer 2024 Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu Internship


Program Date: June 17th-July 19th (Orientation June 13th, 14th)

Mon. - Thurs. 8am - 3pm

Application Due: May 10th, 2024

Pay: $15/hr 


Position Description

Waipā is a living learning center that teaches, shares, and inspires Hawaiian values and ahupua'a practices; builds passions, skills and competency in related areas of knowledge; and takes care of its people and communities.  


The primary role of an Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu intern is to support and actively participate in the projects and programs of Waipā Foundation. This program aims to develop a strong sense of identity, servant leadership, and ʻāina within our interns through hands-on, placed-based learning.  


This internship centers Hawaiian culture and ʻĀina stewardship as a basis for

personal and professional capacity building. Interns gain hands-on experience in

ahupuaʻa operations while growing connections with their cohort, Waipā staff and

community members. With the help of community partners, interns also contribute

to research, restoration work and community food systems across Kauaʻi. This

culminates in a focus project of the interns choice supported by a mentor within our

staff community. Interns are encouraged to integrate their field of study or other

valuable experiences with this mālama ʻāina project. 


We welcome young people 18-24 years old, including college students from any concentration, recent graduates, and young adults seeking job experience in Aloha ʻĀina related careers.  


A goal of this program is to create an avenue for young adults, some who have left Kauai for studies and others who may not be attending college, to grow roots in culture, ground in community and gain work experience while finding ways to bring purpose to their career path. 




Interns will gain hands-on experience working in Waipāʻs learning sites throughout the ahupuaʻa, including  Loʻi, agroforestry sites, gardens, greenhouse, riparian habitats, auwai, fishpond, coastal areas and kai.


Work may include some or all of the following initially, before a focus is selected:

  • Assisting in poi production

  • ʻĀina and infrastructure maintenance of various sites 

    • Tasks may include but are not limited:  Weed whipping, hand-weeding, pruning, fertilizing, plant propagation and out-planting

  • Supporting local food systems by farming, post harvest processing of fresh produce, as well as value added production and marketing

  • Participation and skill development in cultural practices such as oli, mele, hoʻokipa protocol, etc.

  • Hosting and working with visiting groups

  • Education and youth development programming 

  • Invasive species control

  • Hosting and working with visiting/tour groups 

  • Education and youth development programming 

  • Media management and production (website design, photography, etc.) 


Program Outcomes

By the end of the program, interns will gain experience in:

  • Basic ʻāina stewardship training

  • Successfully complete an independent project with mentor supervision

  • Network with professionals in their field

  • Host and conduct Waipā Hoʻokipa Protocol and make lei

  • Identify interests and connections for potential career paths

  • Leadership styles, techniques and real world application 


Position Requirements

  • Transportation to and from site (please let us know if this is an issue)

  • Ability to work/hike outdoors for extended periods in direct sun

  • Good communication, listening skills and ability to incorporate feedback 

  • Must be professional and courteous with cohort, staff and community






  • Posted On

    April 11, 2024
  • Closing Date

    May 11, 2024
  • Organization

    Waipa Foundation
  • Location

    Waipa Ahupuaʻa, Kauai, Hawaii
  • Position Type

For more information about Waipa Foundation and this opportunity please visit our website at, contact us at 808-826-9969 or via email at

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