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UCSD GELS Hawai'i

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In this GELS program, students work with University of Hawai’i Hilo faculty and researchers from the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center (PACRC) and the Marine Analytical Laboratory to explore the diverse ecosystems and climate zones of the Big Island of Hawai'i and are exposed to how the island thrives ecologically, economically, culturally and socially.
PACRC provides the infrastructure to support world-class aquaculture, marine science, and conservation biology programs at UH Hilo. The Center actively conducts interdisciplinary research and development in coastal areas throughout the world. It has two primary facilities: a 12-acre coastal site at Keaukaha, adjacent to the port of Hilo, and an inland site at PanaŹ»ewa, six miles away. The Keaukaha facilities include a water quality laboratory, mollusk hatchery and marine fish hatchery. The primary purposes of the PanaŹ»ewa site are health management and integrated agriculture-aquaculture farming systems. State-of-the-a…

Day 1 Upon arrival in Hilo

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Day 1- First Impressions of Hawai'i

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Day 1: Amuary Vazquez Arreloa

I walked off the plane and immediately felt the difference in temperature, yet I did not let it ruin anything for me. I knew better things lay ahead. The day continued and we all had our fair share of dinner, but what occurred after dinner is what truly opened up my mind. I listened to a lecture on what Hawaiian culture was like. I did not just learn about interactions between people, but also with nature; we are able to connect with everything and anything that surrounds us and creates a sustainable society. “Sustainability” was a crucial word today, considering that most of the Hawaiian beliefs revolve around this idea that we must interact with others, whether ‘they’ be nature or people, in order to form stronger bonds and live peacefully. I was also enlightened by what the actual language itself meant. Common words such as ‘Aloha’ hold such deeper meaning than simply ‘Hello’. I was immersed in what rich culture and traditions Hawai'i has to offer. …

Day 2- Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

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Day 2: Veda Gujral

Day 2 HVNP- a photo recap of the day

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Day 3- Seed Planting and Aquaculture Farm

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