Joyce Mo ’24


Chemical and Biological Engineering

Project Title

Ka Honua Momona International

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Ka Honua Momona International is a nonprofit based in Molokai, Hawaii, that seeks to be a model of sustainability, or “mauka a makai” (“from the mountains to the sea”). Through the Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) program, I worked in Hawaii with Ka Honua Momona on fishpond restoration, specifically removing invasive mangroves and the seaweed gorilla ogo, and testing water quality for salinity, temperature, turbidity and dissolved oxygen levels. Ka Honua Momona also seeks to perpetuate traditional Hawaiian knowledge through five core values inspired by our “kupuna,” or wise elder. I created a series of botanical illustrations of native Hawaiian plants with descriptions of the plants’ cultural significance with their Hawaiian, common and scientific names. I also listened to stories from a kupuna, learned ocean and coral reef monitoring skills from a kupuna known for sustainable ocean practices, and planted native plants with a kupuna known for his homestead farmland and environmental stewardship. As a result of my time in Molokai, I am more aware of, and intend to keep a more open mind to, different perspectives and aspects of sustainability.

Internship Year


Project Category

Biodiversity and Conservation


Ka Honua Momona International- Molokai, Hawaii


Tiani Puaa Kawaauhu-Cook, Executive Director, Ka Honua Momona International