Project Description

As the leading institution of higher education in the State, the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM) has the capacity and obligation to educate its students and host community on issues of sustainability. The current status of environmental and sustainability studies at UHM provides an opportunity for students in this Directed Research course to be involved in a review of existing programs in higher education and the development of research and instructional resources and proposals for UHM.

The goal is for students to work on proposals with graduate students and faculty on projects related to sustainable tourism in Mongolia, China, Japan and the Hawaiian Islands to work toward sustainable tourism development.

Research Projects 

Hawaiian Islands

Kipahulu, East Maui: protected area politics - Areas surounding Haleakala National Park
Kualoa Ranch, Kailua Bay, Oahu: recreational use of offshore islet wildlife refuges
Oahu: eco-lodging an its positive impacts on the environment and culture

Made possible through funding by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Manoa Fund.

Yakushima, Japan: Sustainable Development: mirage or reality
Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia: Biochar and positive impacts of ecotourism
Zhangjiajie, China - coming soon
Okinawa, Japan - coming soon

2009 Projects

Earth Day - April 22, 2009. A great opportunity arrose when Ryan Hoen, Tiffany Tan, and Cassidy Lum joined the STEP toward the one day that our earth gets all the attention. Thanks to their help and dedication, the word was spread about conservation, restoration and awareness. Read about it here GO->

Summit for Sustainable Travel - April 21, 2009 Oahu and the 24, 2009 on Maui.Put on by the students and faculty of STEP, Hawai'i's first ever Summit for Sustainable Travel put UH Manoa on the map for its ability to combine research and opportunity. STEP brough together students and leaders of the tourism industry for a chance to look at the new face of tourism, that is a sustainable one. They started by sharing ideas and brainstorming on problems, solutions and opportunites to suceed. This lead to the conclusion that there are many ways that tourism can be sustainable, and funding doesn't have to be a barbed wire fence. GO->


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