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

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Hawai'i: Program Details

Hawaiian Ecology and 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 and its affiliate, The Kohala Center, offer this intensive program for exceptionally motivated and mature high school students with interests in science, leadership, and cultural studies. The Kohala Center identifies a diverse network of Island-based resources with expertise in natural science , cultural studies, education, and history. Brown University and The Kohala Center are committed to helping students learn how Hawai'i residents are working to preserve and enhance the intellectual, cultural, and natural assets of the Island.

We will cover many subjects and issues during the program while forming a tight-knit learning community. Students should be prepared to discuss what sustainability currently and could possibly look like both in Hawaii and in their home communities.

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, known as VOG, 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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