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Kāpili ‘Oihana


Participant Mana‘o

“I have gained such insight these past few months and really enjoyed my time with my site director and the Kāpili ʻOihana team. Always appreciative and grateful to Kamehameha Schools, the Kāpili ʻOihana program and our Princess Pauahi for the opportunities.”

Jessie Dunn

“The time I had with DTL and ‘Āina Archaeology showed me what skills to really pay attention to in class, and how to actively apply what I was learning into my internship assignments. This made my education a lot more fulfilling knowing that the teachings were relevant and applicable to the field.”

C. Kaiana Kiaha

“Just a few months ago, I had to create a creative brief project for my college class and now I’m doing it in real life.  It’s actually pretty cool.”

Kaʻaumoana Estrella

“Virtual or in-person, Kāpili ʻOihana Student Interns are of great value to Koʻolau Mountains Watershed partnership (KMWP). Not only have our Student Interns brought fresh energy to the staff but help develop work and unique projects that support our mission of protecting watershed resources. These include seed cleaning, forest restoration, media and education material development, and creating interpretive signs at our sites. We participate as a Site Coach to teach young adults about Hawai'i conservation careers and develop professional skills they can take with them in their careers.”

Frankie Koethe
Community Outreach Liaison

Koʻolau Mountains Watershed Partnership

“Being a site coach for the Kāpili ’Oihana Internship program has been such a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Our team loves sharing our manaʻo (thoughts) and professional experiences with Hawaiʻi’s talented and eager to learn haumāna (students). In turn, we receive valuable insights and ideas from our Student Interns that help to progress our business and adapt to the ever-changing pace of this new world.”

Nohili Thompson
Marketing Manager

Mana Up

“I have been an advocate for the Kamehameha Schools Kāpili ’Oihana Internship Program (KOIP) for many years. I have had the privilege of being both a parent and a Site Coach and have thus seen the value of this program from both sides. As a parent, I’m proud to see my daughters gain experience, build their skill sets and continue to expand their networks. As a Site Coach, I enjoy meeting the Student Interns, being a part of their learning experience, watching them grow and hone their skills as well as helping them to build community connections. KOIP is also integrating site connection opportunities allowing Site Coaches to build meaningful relationships with other KOIP partners. I have much aloha for the KOIP staff and am blessed to call them, ʻohana.”

Dianne Bowen-Coleman, M.D.
Director of Vision Screening Programs Hawaiʻi

Project Vision Hawai‘i

“Hosting KOIP interns has been a great experience for us at Na Pua Moamahi.  The interns are excited to learn and make a meaningful difference in our community. They bring their energy, youthful mindset, and skills to the organization that wouldn’t be possible without them. Mahalo KOIP for your vision in preparing the next generation.”

Dr. Cathy Bell
The Kahala Clinic for Children & Family