Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Hawai'i
Environmental Ecology and Hawaiian Culture for High School Students
2015 Program Dates
Saturday, March 21 - Sunday, March 29, 2015
For students currently in
grades 10, 11 & 12 with a
minimum age of 15 at time
Note: BELL Hawai’i is a physically active program involving significant time outdoors, including hiking, swimming and snorkeling.
Residential: There is no commuter option for this program.
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This spring, Brown University offers outstanding high school students an opportunity to study marine science, volcanology, and culture in one of the earth’s most incredible places: the living laboratory of Hawai'i.
The Big Island of Hawai'i is home to the one of the world’s most active volcanoes and features a wide variety of unique ecosystems. The Big Island hosts an incredible diversity of climate types and biologically significant species. In just over 4,000 miles of terrain, one can find everything from dry coastal desert, to some of the wettest spots on earth, snow-capped mountains, and coral reef systems.
Did you know?
- Occupying just 1% of the landmass of the United States, the islands of Hawai'i are home to thousands of plants and animals found nowhere else on earth.
- The Hawaiian Islands are the most isolated, inhabited place in the world: 2,400 miles from California; 3,800 miles from Japan; and 2,400 miles from Marquesas Islands.
- The Hawaiian alphabet consists of thirteen letters including: a, e, i, o, u, h, k, l, m, n, p, w, and ' ('okina).
- Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983 and due to its lava flow, the Big Island is increasing in size by over forty acres a year.
- Hawai’i is the only state that grows coffee commercially and is able to do so because of the unique climate and soil in the Kona region of the Big Island.
- Based on archeological and oral records, it is believed that Hawai’i was settled by two waves of Polynesian migration between 400 AD (fall or the Roman Empire) and 1100 AD (beginning of the Crusades).
- In 1893, the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown by a small group of American, British, and German businessmen; in 1898, the islands were annexed as a U.S. territory; and in 1959, Hawai’i became the 50th state.