By Nina Wu
Aloha, conservation workers...
Conservation is now at your fingertips, with a one-stop-shop for anyone or any organizations interested in conservation.
With ConservationConnections.org, the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance offers a free, online community for people who want to get involved with preserving, protecting and restoring the precious ocean, land and cultural resources of Hawaii.
"This is the first web site of its kind, uniting a wealth of information for people to get plugged into conservation efforts," said Lihla Noori, executive director of HCA. "There's no better time than now for this web resource."
"Many people are aware of the need to protect and preserve Hawaii's natural beauty and resources, and they want to invest time, money and talent. However, they often don't know where the places are located, let alone have information about these areas and how they can help. ConservationConnections.org will help bridge that gap."
Initially, ConservationConnectons.org will allow users to:
>> Search for conservation areas — or stewardship sites — in Hawaii using name and location as search criteria, including Haleakala National Parks, Mokulua Wildlife Sanctuary and Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. You can search Mauka (mountainside), Makai (oceanside) or Maoli (cultural).
>> Search for a type of conservation activity, including invasive species removal, planting natives, nature walks and education/community outreach. For instance, a search for "native plants" came up with an opportunity to be a weed warrior at Haleakala National Park.
>> Learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities.
>> Seek research opportunities and internships at various conservation organizations.
More than 60 organizations in Hawaii are featured on the website, with more on the way. Down the line, ConservationConnections.org will also allow users to make online donations to no-profits through a partnership with PayPal.