Shultz, of Waiau, O`ahu, M.S. candidate in Botany at the
University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Posted by Scott Kekuewa Kikiloi, Education Team Member
September 27, 2002
are you studying at school now?
"I'm in graduate school getting my masters, and hopefully
go for a Ph.D later. Right now I'm focusing on marine botany,
and the percent cover and species distribution of limu on
your role on the NOWRAMP 2002 expedition?
"Basically I'm on a REA team, which does rapid ecological
assessments. We focus on determining the percent cover of
limu at each site. We're following up on previous expeditions
where they did the qualitative research, generating species
lists of what they found. This year we're doing quantitative
research, which is the percent cover of various limu, using
you have a mentor?
my primary mentor is Dr. Isabella
Abbott. There are other kupuna that I have great
respect for also. She is a scientist and a Hawaiian whom
has your trip been so far?
"It's just a great privilege and honor to be on this
expedition. I'm just so grateful that I've been given this
it's very humbling
have you experienced so far on this expedition?
"I've just been really surprised to find so much limu.
I had the impression that these areas were going to be coral
dominated, but that's not the case. At Maro
Reef we went to this site where the water was very murky,
and it was dominated by this one limu called Halimeda. You
could see the different levels of it growing inside. On
top there is a turf Halimeda
with some epiphytes growing on it, and when you remove it
there is a whole different story level under it."
were you interested in as a kid?
"I've always been connected with the ocean since I
was young. One of the experiences I had when I was really
young was that we went with my uncle to Coconut Island.
We got to look at the sharks and thought it was awesome.
I used to go to the beach, and go snorkeling on the North
shore. I always loved the water."
terms of Hawaiian identity, what has this trip meant to
you so far?
"There is much of our culture that is not revealed,
and held by kupuna. When we are ready for that knowledge
it will be revealed to us, one way or another. Since many
of us don't have access to that kind of knowledge, experiences
like this are valuable for us, since we're gaining insight
to how things once were. When I see what we have here in
the Northwestern Hawaiian Island, it scares me to think
what we have lost in the main islands. What is even worse
is that many of us back home, have not recognized what we've
lost. This expedition has been a great opportunity, but
with it comes responsibility. In terms of self- determination
we really need to look at sustainable futures for our people.
The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands can serve as a model for
this. This trip is about knowledge and our people can use
these kupuna islands for spiritual and educational
would you like to see as an outcome for this expedition?
"I think it would be really great if we could bring
more Hawaiians up here. It would be great if we find ways
to either pay for them to do internships or give them other
incentives to do work up here. The bottom line is that we
need to involve more Hawaiians in these job roles."