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Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association (HFIA). Mission: To promote healthy and productive forests and a sustainable forest industry through forest management, education, planning, and information exchange. About HFIA. Nonprofit corporation established in 1989. Over 225 members.

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Hawai‘i ForestIndustry Association (HFIA)

Mission: To promote healthy and productive forests and a sustainable forest industry through forest management, education, planning, and information exchange.

About HFIA

  • Nonprofit corporation established in 1989.

  • Over 225 members.

  • Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

  • Three full-time employees and 8-10 contractors.

    Our purposes

  • Encourage sound forestry practices.

  • Provide sustainable forest management services.

  • Advocate as a focused voice the needs and interests of the forest industry before local, state and federal governments.

  • Provide opportunities for dialog, education, and advancement to stimulate interest and involvement in Hawaii’s forest industry.

  • Promote and develop industry standards, R&D, quality control, and integrity of Hawaii’s estimated $30.7 million forest industry.

Hawai’i Forest Institute

  • HFIA formed Hawai’i Forest Institute (HFI) in 2003.

  • Statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

  • Mission: To promote the health and productivity of Hawaii’s forests through forest restoration, public education, and support for scientific research.

  • Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Hawai’i Forest Journal.

Our Projects & Programs

Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest demonstration project.

Hawaii’s WoodshowTM entry by Marcus Castaing.

La‘i‘Ōpua Dryland Preserve.

Laupahoehoe Forest field trip.

Dryland Forest Restoration & Education

Why Protect Dryland Forests?

  • Among the most endangered ecosystems in the world.

  • Over 25% endangered Hawaiian plants are from dryland ecosystems.

  • Over 95% of our dryland forests have been destroyed.

  • The remaining dryland forests have been severely impacted by deforestation, fire, and invasion by alien species.

Jill Wagner gives planting directions.


Dryland Forest Projects

  • Four dryland forest projects in West Hawaii.

    -Ka‘ūpūlehu Dryland Forest

    -Kalaemanō Cultural Center

    -La‘i‘Ōpua Dryland Preserve

    -Kaloko Makai Dryland Forest Preserve

  • Landowner and grant funded.

  • Our services are provided by a Cultural Ecology Team.

Hele Pepe.

HYCC Intern helping volunteers outplant seedlings at Ka‘ūpūlehu Dryland Forest.

Ka‘ūpūlehu Dryland Forest Preserve

• Restoration of a 76-acre dryland forest in North Kona.

• Provide youth with a hands-on, land-based, environmental and cultural learning experience.

• Stewardship activities: outplanting seedlings, collecting and distributing seeds, building trails, and pulling weeds.

• Over 6,000 native seedlings outplanted and 29 acres restored.

• Managing the forest for Kamehameha Schools since 1993.

Cultural Educator Keoki Carter conducts his Mea La’au curriculum.

Site Manager Wild Brawner speaks to students.

Kalaemanō Cultural Center

  • Adjacent to a public beach at Kukio Resort, North Kona.

  • Mo‘olelo (stories) are told in Hawaiian and English bringing connections to the past to life through audio interpretive signs and talk story events.

  • Assisting with the cultural outreach program since 2009.

Top: Traditional salt ponds at Kalaemanō, Salt from the ponds, Bottom: Talk Story event.

La‘i‘Ōpua Dryland Preserve

  • Restoration of a 70-acre preserve within the Villages of La‘i‘Ōpua.

  • Forest Stewardship Program provides volunteers an environmental and cultural learning experience.

  • Protecting endangered plants Aupakaand Uhiuhi and other native species.

  • Managing Preserve for DHHL since June 2010.

Keoki Carter.


Volunteers outplant seedlings.

Volunteers build a dry stack wall.

Kaloko Makai Dryland Forest Preserve

  • 154-acre dryland preserve.

  • Perpetuate the continued existence of endangered taxa ‘aiea, uhiuhi, ma‘oloa, hele pepe and candidate taxa ko‘oko‘olau.

  • Outplanting other native species to help establish rare plants.

  • Providing seed collection and propagation, outplanting, and weed control services since July 2011.

Neraudia (ma‘oloa) Cuttings.

Invasive weed control.

Jill Wagner collects seed.

Native HawaiianSeed Bank Cooperative

The collection and storage of native Hawaiian seeds from dryland sites on Hawai‘i Island for fire mitigation, restoration projects, and establishing living fire breaks.

Volunteers clean seed for seed bank.

Kapāpala Forest

We are working with the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and Three Mountain Alliance (TMA) to develop a Youth Education Plan for Kapāpala Forest in Ka’ū.

Kapāpala Forest, Ka’ū.

Pana‘ewa Zoo Discovery Forest

Volunteers at Pana‘ewa Zoo Discovery Forest.

Native and Agro-forest demonstration gardens at the Pana‘ewa Zoo.

Gardens were designed by Leonard Bisel Associates and are being created and maintained by community volunteers.

Interpretive features, web pages and outreach materials.

Seeking funds for Phase II

Kiwanis Kids at Pana‘ewa Zoo Discovery Forest

Pulling weeds in Agro-forest.

Liz Field and Aileen Yeh planting natives.

Happy volunteers after a hard day’s work.

Honolulu Zoo Children’s Discovery Forest

  • Planning stage of forest demonstration project at the Honolulu Zoo.

  • Demonstrate culturally significant plant and tree species that once grew near traditional shoreline villages of O‘ahu.

  • Three zone: Native plants, Strand vegetation, and Polynesian-introduced plants and cultivars.

  • Forest stewardship opportunities and land-based education.

Schematic Design Plan created by Leland Miyano, Jason Umemoto, and Leonard Bisel.

Hawaii’s WoodshowTMNa La‘au o Hawai‘i

  • Annual woodworking exhibition held in Honolulu.

  • Promotes appreciation for the participating artists and the positive role forests play in the economy and ecology.

  • Hawaii’s Woodshow website promotes the event and pieces can be purchased at the online Marketplace.

Peter Ziroli.

Frank McClure.

David Gomes.

Young-Growth Koa Wood Quality Assessment & Demonstration Study

  • HFIA, US Forest Service, and the University of Hawai’i.

  • Addressing questions regarding the viability of young-growth koa in existing koa wood product markets.

  • 10 young-growth koa trees harvested from three sites.

  • Merchantable log sections were measured, analyzed for defect, photographed, and sawn.

  • Demonstration Day was held in November 2011.

Don Albrecht’s bowls.

Tree selection and Demonstration Day.


Forest Institute


Hawai'i Forest Industry Association

Hawai'i Forest Institute

P.O. Box 66

‘O‘ōkala, HI 96774 

Phone: 808-933-9411

Email: hfia@hawaiiforest.org

HFIA Website: www.hawaiiforest.org

HFI Website: www.hawaiiforestinstitute.org

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