Mālama ʻĀina

Welcome to The Mālama ʻĀina Program at Kaua'i Community College! 

The Mālama ʻĀina program is designed to provide a theoretical and practical foundation for students interested in exploring the scientific and cultural aspects of Hawaiian land stewardship. Students will learn about plants and animals in the context of Hawaiian ecosystems and their inter-connections with the people of Hawaiʻi. Participation in field study will provide the opportunity to progress from study to practice, thus giving back to the ʻāina that feeds us.


  1. Observe, analyze, and describe the ecosystem of Hawaiʻi using indigenous terminology and methodology;
  2. Observe, analyze, and describe the ecosystem of Hawaiʻi using Western scientific terminology and methodology;
  3. Use GIS technology to design, capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present geographically referenced information or data;
  4. Apply Hawaiian and Western knowledge and technological skills to active land stewardship practices.


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The Mālama ʻĀina Academic Subject Certificate (ASC), 25 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • HAW 101- Elementary Hawaiian (4 credits)
  • Elective: BOT 105 or ZOOL 105 (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • BOT 130 - Plants in the Hawaiian Environment (3 credits)
  • BOT 130L - Plants in the Hawaiian Environment Lab (1 credit)
  • HAW 102 - Elementary Hawaiian II (4 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • BIOL 171 - Introduction to Biology I (3 credits)
  • BIOL 171L - Introduction to Biology Laboratory I (1 credit)
  • GIS 189 - GIS, Mapping, and Society (3 credits)

Spring Semester 4

  • Elective: HWST 107 or HWST 270 (3 Credits)

Total credits: 25

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