Pre-College Programs
Environmental Leadership in Hawai'i
Environmental Leadership in Hawai'i

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Hawai'i: Program Details

Environmental Ecology and Hawaiian Culture for High School Students

Kilauea Iki hike in Volcanoes National Park

Kilauea Iki hike,
Volcanoes National Park

This Spring, the Brown Leadership Institute will return to Hawai'i to study its environment and culture. Brown has partnered with The Kohala Center to offer this intensive program for exceptionally motivated and mature pre-college students with interests in science, leadership, and cultural studies. The Kohala Center links together a diverse network of Island-based institutions with expertise in the physical and cultural sciences, education, and history. Brown University and The Kohala Center are committed to helping Hawai'i residents preserve and enhance the intellectual, cultural, and natural assets of the Island.

Our program focuses on the interdependence of land, sea, and the life systems they support. Students will study the island's biological, ecological and cultural diversity through a core curriculum of marine science, volcanology and Hawaiian culture.

The first half of this course will take place in Volcanoes National Park, where students will explore the dynamic geological processes which continue to shape the island.*

The second part of the program is based on the shoreline in South Kona providing the perfect site for investigating marine science.

Students will enroll in BELL: Hawaii (CRN: 30002)

In this course, students will:

Explore Science and Sustainability

Rainbow (Waiānuenue) Falls, Hilo, Hawai'i

Rainbow (Waiānuenue) Falls,
Hilo, Hawai'i

Develop Leadership Skills

Appreciate Culture and History

Conduct Field Work


A sea urchin or wana (in Hawaiian) is examined during a marine lesson

A sea urchin or wana
(in Hawaiian) is examined
during a marine lesson

*Please be aware that due to the island’s active volcano, high concentrations of volcanic gas and ash can be found in certain areas of the island. Those with asthma or other types of respiratory illnesses are advised to consult with a physician regarding their program participation and follow physician recommendations.  If applicable, please come prepared with appropriate medications.

Additional information about these environmental conditions, can be found at

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