SEA Semester

SEA Semester

SEA SemesterO‘ahu >> Lāna‘i >> Maui >> Moloka‘i >> O‘ahu

Imagine yourself:
- Sailing a 134-foot steel brigantine
- Making port calls on Lanai, Maui, and Molokai
- Conducting oceanographic research
- Restoring historic fish ponds
- Working with cultural experts
…while fulfilling degree requirements!

SEA Semester
Summer Session 1
Early Summer 2014: May 27-June 27

SEA SemesterSummer Session I - Aloha ‘Āina - explores people and nature in the Hawaiian Islands. Aloha ‘Āina, a Hawaiian conception of ‘love of the land,’ describes a deep and enduring relationship between Hawaiian people and the land and ocean resources that sustain them. In this service-based program, students will see Aloha ‘Āina in action combining traditional and western environmental approaches, working with community leaders, ocean resource managers, and coastal stakeholders as they implement actions to sustain marine environments.

Students will first spend two weeks on shore at Hawai‘i Pacific University, and then travel throughout the Hawaiian archipelago aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans for three weeks, engaging with community-based projects that are developing innovative solutions to land-based pollution, over-fishing, and climate change adaptation. Students will develop scientific expertise on the key biophysical processes that support ocean resources and coastal cultures, and a rigorous understanding of the unique combination of social, ecological, and policy dimensions of marine resource management emerging in the Hawaiian Islands.

A brief final symposium at Hawai‘i Pacific University will allow students to present their policy recommendations to a panel of experts.

Apply NowScholarships for HPU students are available!

To learn more, contact:
Brenda Jensen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Associate Dean, College of Natural and Computational Sciences
Phone: 808-236-3533

or visit:

• MARS 2100: Marine Resource Management: Social, Ecological, and Cultural Dimensions (or MARS 4100 for upper division science majors)
(3 credits)

• MARS 2110: Ocean Environment of the Pacific Islands (3 credits)

Hawaii Pacific University Marine Science Program

Who Should Apply?
This program is a great fit for students with an interest in service-learning, community development, and resource management. All majors welcome.

Academic Credit
Summer session I carries 6 semester hour credits from Hawai‘i Pacific University upon successful completion of the program. See your academic advisor for more information about how this program can contribute to your degree plan.

HPU Grad Student Returns from Plastics at SEA expedition


Beth Doxsee, Master of Ocean Auxiliary Sail Vessels 
Nautical Science Faculty and Captain, SEA

Carrie Holl, Ph.D., Biology
Assistant Professor of Biology, HPU

Brenda Jensen, Ph.D., Biological Oceanography
Associate Professor of Biology, HPU

John Jensen, Ph.D., History
Policy Assoc Professor, Maritime Studies and Ocean Policy, SEA

Jack Kittinger, Ph.D., Geography
Conservation International

Jeff Schell, Ph.D., Zoology
Associate Professor of Oceanography, SEA

Trisha Kehaulani Watson, J.D., Ph.D., American Studies
Honua Consulting

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