CNHA Next Generation intern to work with U.S. Fish & Wildlife

May 19, 2010

CNHA Next Generation intern to work with U.S. Fish & Wildlife

HONOLULU, HAWAII — The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) congratulates Luka Mossman, a CNHA Next Generation Leadership Program intern, on securing a position with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in their Habitat Conservation Division.  He will work with the department over the course of the summer in the Pacific Internship Program for Exploring Sciences (PIPES).  PIPEs is committed to increasing the retention of local students, especially those of Native Hawaiian ancestry, into fields of study, and ultimately careers, related to the natural resources of Hawaii and the Pacific region.

While at CNHA, Mossman gained valuable skills such as grant writing, networking support, and understanding community needs.  “The skills I learned at CNHA will allow me to be more proactive in establishing programs and initiatives to benefit communities and foster cooperation between organizations,” Mossman said about his time here at CNHA.

Luka is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa earning a double major in Natural Resource Planning, and Political Science.  After graduation, he plans to work in the private sector, drafting policy that advocates the preservation, protection, and proper allocation of Hawaii’s natural resources.

Mossman says that, “as Hawaiians, the psyche of the natural world is connected to ours, and therefore if want to protect the culture and the well being of the native Hawaiian people, we must first do the same for our island environment.”  Through this internship, he hopes to gain a scientific understanding of habitat conservation to enhance his perspectives on the relationship of human needs and the natural environment.

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians.  For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at info@hawaiiancouncil.org, or visit our website at www.hawaiiancouncil.org.

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