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Honokaa High School students experience Hakalau Wildlife National Refuge

<p>Students watch researchers work on a bird. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HONOKAA HIGH SCHOOL)</p>

Students watch researchers work on a bird. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HONOKAA HIGH SCHOOL)

<p>Honokaa students retrieve a native Hawaiian bird from the mesh netting. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HONOKAA HIGH SCHOOL)</p>

Honokaa students retrieve a native Hawaiian bird from the mesh netting. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HONOKAA HIGH SCHOOL)

Honokaa High School Natural Resources Pathway Core students spent Sept. 26 and 27 participating at the U.S. Forestry Climate Change, Phenology and Citizen Science at Hakalau Wildlife National Refuge on Mana Road.

“The past few days was an amazing experience, being able to know that I left my mark on our native forest and helped restore it was great,” said student Kamele Sanchez. “Also, how many other people can say that they held an `I`iwi in their hand? The instructors were exemplary, the knowledge they shared really hit our hearts, and left us eager to take action and learn more so we can conserve our `aina.”

For more information about the Honokaa High School Natural Resources Program visit http://www.kohalacenter.org/HISGN/honokaa.html.