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Cultivating purpose & sustainability on the Big Island.

This program is for students who want:

  • A change from their current college campus while earning college credit in an exotic location
  • To cultivate a deep relationship with Hawaii’s lands, people, and culture
  • To spend a month and a half abroad with a cohort of like-minded individuals
  • To explore their inner selves and the all-encompassing nature of life

Deepen your connection with nature for global change

At the Hawaii Laboratory for Deep Sustainability and Transformative Leadership, we believe that global change happens only when we understand the connection between nature and ourselves. This off-campus program is designed for students who want to develop a deeper understanding of themselves, others, and their relationships with the environment.

The Hawaii Laboratory for Deep Sustainability and Transformative Leadership is based at the Kohala Institute on Big Island, Hawaii. Our robust learning community consists of people concerned with the relationships between self, culture, social systems, and nature. Together, we aim to uncover our unique places in an evolving world.

Why Hawaii?

The Hawaiian Islands are the most geographically remote inhabited place on the planet. Issues such as soil fertility, energy, transportation, urban planning, employment, inequity, and water are day-to-day realities here.

Hawaiian people have created a renaissance in ancient cultural values in their search for solutions to these issues. We’ll explore how Hawaiian people are reinventing traditional technologies like Hawaiian music and craft, spiritual practices, systems of health care, conflict resolution, aquaculture and agricultural systems, and land management to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Hawaii has a diversity of ecological zones, from 15,000-foot-high peaks to deserts and rainforests, all within just a few short miles. It’s a unique place to explore the biological, geological, cultural, and social systems of our living planet up close.

Of course, preparedness is all too important when going on any adventure, so see our trip checklist to learn what to bring along with you.

Tap into your creative potential and create change

Do you have creative ideas that you want express more easily? In this program, all students practice the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique. Backed up by decades of scientific research, the TM technique has been shown to enhance brain functioning and relieve stress; helping you to make your world-changing ideas a reality.

Want more information?

If you’d like to learn more about the MUM Hawaii program, please contact Devon Almond at: or (808) 854-9652

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