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A small group walking up the road to Puʻuwaʻawaʻa
Teaching Change staff working with a student in a greenhouse
A small field course group at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa

We offer immersive, two-day Field Courses at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa for middle and high school students. During an overnight Field Course, groups of up to 15 students and 2 teachers/chaperones engage in the following activities: tour a plant nursery supporting Threatened and Endangered plant species; assist with the propagation of native seedlings; plant native species in core restoration areas; participate in a native plant interpretive hike; learn the moʻolelo Puʻuwaʻawaʻa; learn and practice how to observe plants and animals in a diverse ecosystem; reduce risk of fire by removing brush, and finally, learn about and collect phenology data on a range of endangered and common native plant species.

Course Details

Grade Level
6th - 12th
Student Capacity
Up to 15
2 Days, 1 Night
4x4 | Provided


Puʻuwaʻawaʻa State Forest Reserve

Pu‘uwa‘awaʻa State Forest Reserve is a natural area managed by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and is part of the United States Forest Service Hawaiʻi Experimental Tropical Forest. Puʻuwaʻawaʻa is located in the moku of Kona and the ahupuaʻa of Puʻuwaʻawaʻa. The cinder cone Puʻuwaʻawaʻa with the volcanoes Hualālai and Puʻuanahulu together make up the land stewarded by the Nāpuʻu Conservation Project.

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa is a dryland forest ecosystem, one of the most endangered tropical forest ecosystems in the world. Puʻuwaʻawaʻa is home to many endemic, rare and endangered native species in Hawaiʻi such as hau kuahiwi (Hibiscadelphus giffardianu), hōʻawa (Pittosporum glabrum), and hala pepe (Chrysodracon hawaiiensis). Land managers, scientists and Kupu service members work together to mālama Puʻuwaʻawaʻa by removing invasive species and outplanting native species in order to restore the land degraded by cattle ranching, fire, and invasive species. We are proud to support and kōkua restoration projects at the Puʻuwaʻawaʻa Kīpuka ʻOwēʻowē exclosure, including out-planting native species, clearing brush to reduce fire risk, and removing invasive fountain grasses (Pennisetum setaceum). Conservation and restoration efforts at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa are already showing great success, and Teaching Change is proud to be a part of its fabric.

Map of the Island of Hawaii and a detail of Puʻuwaʻawaʻa

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