Weʻre on a Mission
Our mission is encapsulated by the Hawaiian saying, "Ola ka ʻĀina, Ola ke Kanaka," which means "When the Land lives, the People live." We are dedicated to revitalizing and safeguarding the native Hawaiian forests through re-establishing previously lost Native Hawaiian forest zones.
At Saving Hawaii's Forests, we collaborate with various organizations to offer a sustainability program aimed at reducing their carbon footprint. Donations received are channeled into educational programs that encompass sustainability, workforce development, cultural education, project-based learning, climate change awareness, and reforestation.
These educational initiatives are extended to a diverse range of partners, including residents of the Habilitat Addiction Treatment Facility, local artists, musicians, cultural practitioners, and company team building events.
Through our efforts, we establish self-sustaining, multi-species forests that play a crucial role in absorbing greenhouse gases and restoring natural ecosystems. Participants actively engage in planting a mix of native and endemic species, contributing to the restoration of the local ecosystem and providing a safe haven for native wildlife.
Currently focused on planting in Kealakekua on the island of Hawai`i, Saving Hawaii's Forests ensures meticulous care and protection of these native species within fenced and well-managed planting sites.
Why is your support vital? Hawaii has witnessed a staggering loss of approximately 90% of its endemic forests over the past century. As the state faces the challenges of population growth, industrial processes, travel, and consumption, the need for conservation efforts is more pressing than ever. Native Hawaiian plants, such as the Koa "warrior" tree, hold immense potential in combatting climate change, protecting watersheds, and preserving the unique ecology of the islands.
In our quest to rebuild substantial forests, we also address the ecological damage caused by ranching, logging, land-clearing, invasive species, and commercial/residential development. Our ultimate aim is to restore Hawaii's natural resources and provide a better future for both the land and its people.
Your support is not only an investment in the rejuvenation of Hawaiian forests but also a testament to the spirit of "Aloha" and a commitment to nurturing these beloved islands while educating our community. Together, we can protect and revitalize Hawaii's precious natural heritage.
Re-establishing Native Hawaiian Forest Zones
Since our inaugural planting in July 2017, we've embarked on an incredible journey, having introduced 44,812 native Hawaiian plants to the Kealakekua, Hawaiʻi region. The transformation of the landscape and the rejuvenation of the watershed have been nothing short of remarkable, with a resurgence in the bird population that paints a vivid picture of nature's recovery.
Our commitment extends beyond reforestation alone; we've also provided invaluable experiences to more than 250 dedicated volunteers. Moreover, we've offered essential workforce development opportunities to over 100 individuals on their journey to recovery from substance addiction.
In our relentless pursuit of ecological restoration, we've undertaken the arduous task of removing over 22 tons of invasive plants. This Herculean effort has been undertaken to create a nurturing environment where native species can flourish, ensuring that the battle against environmental degradation is waged on multiple fronts.