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"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
THE HAWAII NATURE CENTER
The mission of the Hawaii Nature Center is to foster awareness, appreciation and understanding of Hawaii’s environment and to encourage wise stewardship of the Hawaiian Islands by educating children with an interactive and immersive approach.
Established in 1981, the Hawaii Nature Center has been a leader in environmental education in Hawaii for more than thirty years. We deliver award-winning programs to more than 15,000 elementary and middle school children from both public and private institutions each year, helping to encourage environmental stewardship through hands-on investigative field study and experiences. Our programs are primarily conducted outdoors in the field, exposing children to a range of ecosystems in watershed, coastal, marsh and forest environments. More than 850,000 children and adults have participated in our programs since our inception.
Located on the islands of Oahu and Maui, the Hawaii Nature Center features programs at various field sites throughout the islands. These include the Makiki Valley Watershed, Pu‘u ‘Ualaka‘a State Park, Honouliuli National Wildlife Refuge, and Pouhala Marsh on Oahu – and also ’Iao Valley and Kealia Pond on Maui.
Children, families, adults and visitors are welcome to exercise their interest in nature by participating in our weekend calendar activities, nature excursions, week-long school intersession programs and our community-based environmental restoration projects.
Our goal at the Hawaii Nature Center is to connect kids with nature – with the hope to inspire within them, as well as their parents, families and teachers, a deeper appreciation for the environment. By fostering a respect for nature, we are confident that children will grow into environmental stewards and impress upon future generations the importance of protecting our planet.
CONTACT THE HAWAII NATURE CENTER
If you have any questions, please e-mail the Nature Center at email@example.com or use the e-mail form below.
BECOME A MEMBER
The Hawaii Nature Center encourages you to share the responsibility of our environment. When you join the Hawaii Nature Center you are investing in the future of Hawaii through education of children. Your membership helps fund programs for 20,000 students a year.
Each member receives a newsletter plus advance notices and discount offers on hikes, classes and nature adventures.
- Family Membership — $50
(includes 2 adults and immediate children 17 & under)
- Contributing Member — $250
- Sustaining Member — $500
- Steward — $1000
Membership and contributions are 100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information on becoming a Hawaii Nature Center member, please call (808) 955-0100 ext. 126.
LOCATIONS MAPS DIRECTIONS
2131 Makiki Heights Dr
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Telephone: (808) 955-0100
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875 Iao Valley Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
Telephone: (808) 244-6500
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Beneath canopies of trees, in sunny marshes, set beside rushing mountain streams, Hawaii’s children are discovering the wonders of our island home first-hand, hands-on in the great green out-of-doors. You can help encourage children to discover the natural world around them and share your own love of nature by being a volunteer.
On Oahu Interactive, interpretive displays are currently being developed. Many of you will remember our fun, hands-on displays in the old Center. Check back with us soon to see if our new displays are up and running. There will be exhibits for both kids and adults.
The Maui site has an Interactive Nature Museum that is temporarily closed. Please check back for information regarding reopening.
HNC, Maui offers a self-guided hike brochure for visitors to use while walking the trails at the 'Iao Valley site.
HNC, Mauiu offers the self-guided hike suited for children 5 and over.
Does someone live there? What about the other houses?
On Maui, HNC sits on 32 acres that are nestled between the 'Iao Valley State park and the County Park.
STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board of Directors
- President - Bettina Mehnert, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President, Architects Hawaii Ltd.
- Vice President - Susan Yamada, Executive Director, Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE)
- Treasurer - Stephen K. Rodgers, Chief Investment Officer & Executive Vice President, Bank of Hawaii
- Secretary - Michele Loudermilk, Esq., Associate General Counsel, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
- Past President - Jan Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, Oceanit
- Piia Aarma, Owner, Pineapple Tweed PR & Marketing
- Jeff Case, Senior Vice President, AON Risk Services Inc.
- Ryan Churchill, President, Maui Land & Pineapple Co.
- Kris Kobayashi, Civic Leader and Volunteer Philanthropist
- Dee Dee Letts, President, Resolutions Hawaii
- George R. Norcross, Owner, Epoxy Sales Hawaii, Inc.
- Julie Rogers, Volunteer Philanthropist, Blue Planet Foundation
- Pono Shim, President & CEO, Enterprise Honolulu
- Marc Tilker, President & CEO, Marathon Group
Dyanna Okazaki, Executive Director
Dyanna Okazaki brings more than 17 years of experience in strategic planning and public relations and nearly six years of non-profit administration to the Hawaii Nature Center. She most recently served as Development Director for the Honolulu Zoological Society. A graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, Dyanna holds two bachelor degrees and has studied abroad in Spain for two years.Jamie Nakama, Education Program Manager
Jamie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Individualized Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Ecological Anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has over 12 years of experience in environmental education and has developed and implemented hands-on, outdoor science-based programs for students of all ages. She also has extensive experience working with “at-risk” youth and children and adults with developmental challenges. Jamie started as a volunteer teaching docent at the Hawaii Nature Center (HNC) in 2001 and shortly thereafter came on staff as an Environmental Educator. She took on the position of Program Manager in 2008 and currently manages HNC’s education programs on both Oahu and Maui.
As a side passion, Jamie is a part-time lecturer of anthropology at Kapiolani Community College for which she has developed a unique curriculum with a place-based and sustainability focus. She is an active member of the KCC Sustainability Committee, the Na Ala Hele Advisory Council (Hawaii’s Trail and Access program) and the Hawaii Environmental Education Alliance (HEEA). She also loves traveling the world and is a passionate dancer and capoeirista!Pauline Kawamata, Volunteer Program Manager
Pauline holds an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Leeward Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Hawaiian Studies; a Professional Diploma in Secondary Education-Social Studies, and a Master's Degree in Education, Secondary Education-Social Studies from the University of Hawaii.
In 1995, Pauline served on the Network of Volunteer Leaders (NOVL) Executive Council and was President in 2004. She is currently the NOVL Nominations Chair. She is also a member of the Oahu Museum Volunteer Leaders (OMVOL) and is an active advisor and secretary for Sierra Club High School Hikers.
Pauline has been a teacher and curriculum developer for Kailua High School’s Community Quest and Individual Quest Program; a staff advisor for the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT)'s Energy Division, and an intern with the Institute for Hawaii History Teachers and Project BEST (Business Encouraging Superior Teaching). She volunteered at the Hawaii Nature Center before becoming the Volunteer Coordinator in 1994. She received her Certificate in Volunteer Management in 2005.
Her recent achievements in volunteer management include the 2008 Volunteer Service Award from the Hawaii Audubon Society, 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, and a 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Contributor of the Year Award from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.Jennie Peterson, Curriculum Specialist and Natural Historian
Jennie received a B.A. in Psychology with emphasis in Child Development from the University of Hawaii. For 15 years, she worked as an archaeologist employed by the Bishop Museum and Hawaii Marine Research, Inc. She has supervised archaeological field teams and has taught high school reading, English as a second language, and archaeology to disadvantaged youths. On her own time, Jennie participates in the Hawaiian Humane Society, the Makiki/Tantalus Community Association and occasionally leads interpretive hikes on weekends.Serena O'Grady, Administrative Assistant
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Kathleen Freeman brings with her more than 10 years of experience in Science Education. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and minor in Studio Art from the University of Virginia. Kathleen enjoys combining these two passions by helping students explore nature and create their own journals and works of art. She most recently worked at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences as a program specialist for both classroom and field programs for children and adults, leading trips throughout North Carolina and abroad. Kathleen loves helping students of all ages appreciate the world around them, especially in their own backyard.John FrenchKristen GageschJenna GatzkeShestin GibeauPaul HannaMichelle HarmanRachael HelscheinCharles LeeYvonne LineKerilyn LiuDemel McDowellKelli MorganElizabeth NewhouseJeremy Percich
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