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In Summer 2018, NHSS  offered internships to 9 Hawaiian undergraduates attending and continuing at UH Mānoa into Fall 2018 (who were enrolled in Spring 2018).

JABSOM Native Hawaiian Health KaHOLO Study
Mentor: Dr. Mele Look
Intern: Kari Akaka
The KaHOLO Project is a landmark study evaluating the effectiveness of a hypertension management program based on hula – Ola Hou I ka Hula. The 5 year study is funded by the National Institute of Health and uses a culturally-grounded approach with kumu hula and community participation in planning, developing and implementing the program. The study partners with 5 community organizations serving Native Hawaiians through 8 sites across the Hawaiian Islands. The summer internship would involve working with the community sites on program implementation, data collection, and management. Training will be provided for clinical confidentiality data collection and management. Work hours include regular business hours as well as some evening and weekends. Intern must have transportation, and experience with hula and community work is desirable, but not required.

UH Hamilton Library Hawaiian Pacific Collection- Nūpepa
Mentor: Kapena Shim
Intern: Judi-Ann Pualani Smith-Kauhane
Strengthening our knowledge of moʻolelo published in the nūpepa. The first pages of the nūpepa were reserved for moʻolelo. The history of our aliʻi, the epic tales of our akua and the many stories from and about other places were consistently published on the first pages of the nūpepa. Many of these moʻolelo have been compiled, translated, and re-published in many of the books we use today to understand our past and help guide us in the present. There are so many more moʻolelo out there in the nūpepa waiting to be found. The Hawaiian Collection of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections hosted a summer intern who helped create a comprehensive index of the moʻolelo written on the first pages of the nūpepa from 1834-1948. Creating an index of these moʻolelo at this scale will not only help us connect to the stories documented in the nūpepa, it will also allow us to further analyze the editorial role of the nūpepa through the moʻolelo they were publishing. The intern for this project gained a strong understanding of the moʻolelo published, learned how to efficiently search for moʻolelo in the nūpepa, and created an index that will help the lāhui connect with more moʻolelo.

UH Hamilton Library Hawaiian Pacific Collection- Indexing
Mentor: Kapena Shim
Intern: Kaiulani Kamalu
Creating stronger access points for Hawaiian genealogy research. This project involved researching in the nūpepa, and indexing and analyzing the coverage of birth, marriage, and death notices published in the nūpepa. This project aimed at helping others find information about their kūpuna. The Hawaiian Collection of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections hosted a summer intern who indexed birth, marriage, and death notices published in the nūpepa from 1856 to 1870. This continued the work of a previous intern who indexed the years from 1834-1849. Indexing this period is critical because there are not a lot of government genealogy records that exist during that time. The work of this internship helped fill in the gaps of records and help the lāhui today connect to the names of ancestors published in the nūpepa.

Kōkua Kalihi Valley- Hoʻoulu ʻĀina
Mentor: Puni Jackson
Intern: Leah Furtado-Gaspar
Intern will work in the native reforestation and agroforestry programming at Hoʻoulu ʻĀina, a 99 acre land and community restoration branch of Kōkua Kalihi Valley Community Health Center. Intern will collect and organizing data and mapping of banana varieties at Hoʻoulu ʻĀina. Intern will also support other projects as needed, providing an opportunity to work with various plants, spaces, modalities and mentors. Intern will also collect data on professions and employment within the field of aloha ʻāina health programming that will help inform NHSS and NHSS UH partnersʻ assessment of employment trends in relation to undergraduate majors, training and programs at UH Mānoa.

Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Ānuenue
Mentor: Kehau Camara
Interns: Kaʻohele Ritte-Camara & Keano Davis
Intern will provide classroom support in an ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi immersion elementary education environment. Intern will support classroom teacher with currculum development, lesson plan preparation, classroom management and other tasks as needed. Intern will also become familiar with summer school programming at Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Ānuenue and will work in part with the summer school coordinator, Kehau Camara, developing programming between Ānuenue and UH Mānoa that will strengthen college outreach between the two schools during the school year.

Project Kūleana
Mentor: Kīhei Nahale-ā
Intern: Sarah Look
Intern will work with current Project Kuleana initiatives focused on fostering community well-being, cohesion and identity through music. Job duties may include research around mele and wahi pana; supporting the coordination and facilitation of community engagement workshops and events and outreach for such events. Intern will also collect data on professions and employment within the field of aloha ʻāina media that will help inform NHSS and NHSS UH partnersʻ assessment of employment trends in relation to undergraduate majors, training and programs at UH Mānoa.

Applicants should carry a passion for mele Hawaiʻi in relation to community well-being and be demonstrate understanding of the relationship between culture, education and health. Applicants should feel confident in and prepared to communicate regularly and professionally with supervisor and community leaders. Applicants should have clear ideas about and demonstrate experience in professionalism in multi-faceted work spaces. Background in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi preferred.

Ka Waiwai Collective
Mentor: Keoni Lee
Intern: Molly Miyamoto
The challenges we face today in areas like housing, education, healthcare and the environment are big and complex, almost paralyzing in the face of seeming inevitability. The societal systems in Hawaii are not working well so what are we to do? At the core of Ka Waiwai is the belief that traditional Hawaiian ways of thinking and doing to create abundance and value on islands can be repurposed in a contemporary context. However, this is possible only if we give ourselves the space, and build the relationships necessary, to work collectively and creatively to translate the old into the new and vice versa. Our intention is not to go back in time but rather to learn from and build upon our ancestral foundation of innovation and ingenuity to create new systems of wealth and abundance in Hawaii. Internship focused on business and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and bridging indigenous and alternative economy-building. Intern was encouraged to think and build differently about waiwai, abundance, wealth and economy.

JAMBSOM OB/GYN
Mentor: Dr. Jen Elia
Intern: Kuʻuipo Borges
The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Women’s Health at the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine (UH OB/GYN) endeavors to advance women’s health in Hawai’i through excellence in education, research, clinical care and community service. This internship with UH OB/GYN was physically based at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children and will focus on community-based research aimed to expand sexual and reproductive health education and services in the community. The intern will work with UH OB/GYN faculty on: (1) completion of ongoing research projects (e.g., data entry and analysis of patient surveys and interviews), (2) planning and pursuit of future research efforts (e.g., literature review of school-based interventions related to reproductive health), and (3) other related tasks as assigned (e.g., collaborating with our community partners, including Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center).

The internships offered up to 350 hours of work at $14/hour.

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