I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts Studies in December of 2017. After graduation I moved to the “Big Island” of Hawaii to be near family and I started volunteering at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as a park interpreter.
Initially, I helped orient visitors and led ranger programs in various parts of the park. However, the eruption of Kilauea Volcano in 2018 presented me with an opportunity to put my educational training and experience to work by creating interpretive media that helped clarify the complex geological events that were happening inside and outside the park. Since then, I have created multiple videos that have been featured in the park visitor center and website. Each project has made me feel a greater sense of understanding of the world around me and this is a feeling I want to share with others. I would love to help develop education curriculum that would be a great resource to visitors, educators, and the local community.
The Mosaics in Science program would give me invaluable experience to help amplify my contribution to the park’s educational resources. I also welcome the opportunity to deepen and explore how Hawaiian culture connects to geological events. I feel I connect with my Hawaiian heritage by learning about the places my ancestors lived and the environment that surrounded them. Through volunteering at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, I have become connected to the place and the people. I am also hoping that this position might lead to a future career with the park service at this park and beyond.