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Publish Date: May 10, 2018

“I’ve always had a close relationship with the ocean,” says UH Mānoa graduate student Kristian McDonald. “I grew up in Hawai‘i. I’ve always had a passion for surfing, and I’ve always been interested in beaches and how they’re changing. There’s no better place to be than the University of Hawai‘i to study these things.”

“It’s an amazing thing to be fully funded through grad school,” he says. “This is my home: it’s where my family is, where my friends are, and where all the action is happening. This work is more than just research. It’s a way of life, and it’s culturally important.”

Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation supports students committed to conservation careers in Hawai‘i, funding assistantships for graduates pursuing masters’ degrees in natural resources and environmental management, botany, geology and geophysics, oceanography, and marine biology at UH Mānoa; and tropical conservation biology and environmental science at UH Hilo.

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