The HPU/OI Partnership
Hawai‘i has one of the finest, most envied environments
for marine research in the world. Our pristine ocean water and
relatively isolated setting is perfect for growing marine animals.
Any of our nation’s leading universities would jump at
the opportunity to send student interns to study marine science
at Oceanic Institute. Only a few of the top schools in the nation
offer a quality marine science program and most of them cannot
provide the array of facilities, research capabilities, and hands-on
opportunities to learn that are available at Oceanic Institute.
The OI-HPU program is truly unique. We’re proud to be able
to offer it to HPU students, and to help foster what we hope
is the next generation of the world’s marine scientists
and aquaculture farmers here in Hawai‘i.
To date, more than 170 students have enrolled in the OI-HPU program,
with more expected to enroll in the winter semester. These students
are receiving one of the highest-quality marine science educations
available anywhere. They are getting to work with some of the
top scientists in the world on Oceanic Institute’s staff.
The students are also getting to experience, first hand, sustainable
environmental management practices that can help keep our oceans
healthy, for this generation and the next.
Over the past year, OI and HPU have developed three new innovative
courses: Principles and Practices of Saltwater Aquaculture, Ornamental
Fish Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Biology. Most universities
require their students to be graduate students before taking
these types of courses, but at HPU they are offered to upper-level
undergraduate students. In addition, the Ornamental Fish Aquaculture
class is serving to train teachers and entrepreneurs about how
to grow marine ornamental fish. These are exciting new opportunities
for HPU students and the community at large.
A Bright Future in Marine Sciences
A career in marine sciences is not an easy one. Students must
be prepared to put in long hours, grapple with complex scientific
and social issues, and to devote months – sometimes years – to
research that does not always produce immediate results.
If you are interested, prepare to get wet. You can’t learn
everything in a classroom! HPU’s marine science education
program includes plenty of “field” research, which
means diving in Hawai‘i’s near-shore waters. We will
be sharing more about this exciting new affiliation between OI
and HPU in future issues of Kalamalama. If you are interested
in learning more, the HPU website at www.hpu.edu, or OI’s
Web site at www.oceanicinstitute.org or e-mail Gary Karr, Communications,
Education and Training manager at OI at email@example.com.
I look forward to seeing you at the Oceanic Institute. Aloha.