“Ola ka ʻĀina, ola ke Kānaka.”
When the Land lives, the People live.
Our Mission is to plant endemic Hawaiian plants and trees that will live out their lives in a native Hawaiian forest.
Our Goal is to encourage others to help revive, replenish, restore, reconnect, and reaffirm people with the native Hawaiian forests by reforesting with endemic Hawaiian plants and trees. We offer individuals and groups the opportunity to sponsor endemic plants and trees that will never be cut or harvested.
Each plant and tree will receive GPS coordinates that will allow the sponsor to locate their tree on Hawai`i Island.
WHY DOES HAWAI`I NEED OUR HELP?
The Hawaiian Islands have lost about 90% of their endemic rain forests over the past 100 years. The Koa tree is a nitrogen rich species that provides nutrients for all other endemic under-story plants in the rain forest. The Koa is a keystone species that provides food and habitat for Hawai`i’s native insect and plant species. Endemic trees of Hawai`i protect the watershed of the ecosystem and combat erosion of forest floor.
Ranching has destroyed the natural ecosystem by clear cutting forests in preparation for pasture land. The keiki Koas are also a delicious snack for most grazing animals if they don’t accidentally trample over it first. Due to the consumption and trampling of Koa seedlings by livestock the forests could not grow which also led to climate change increasing the amount of open pasture.
LOGGING, LAND-CLEARING & INVASIVES
Native Hawaiian Forests have declined in recent years due to logging and land-clearing for agricultural production and cattle grazing. A decline in the growth of Koa is also due to an influx of invasive plants which wrap around the natives cutting off their sources of oxygen and nutrition. Our goal is to kill the invasives and fence out wild animals so the Koa can thrive.
COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
Native Hawaiians had no concept of ‘land ownership’ because they saw it as a resource for all. When private land ownership appeared in the Hawaiian Islands, it quickly led to the disappearing of natural resources and land manipulation.
WILD AND FERAL ANIMALS
In an environment without native land mammals, Hawaiian plants evolved defenseless against grazing or browsing animals. With the influx of cattle, horses and wild pigs, our Native Hawaiian Forests became damaged and ceased to thrive.
THE OFFICIAL REFOREST
100% of the proceeds from these T-Shirts and other accessories will go to help reforest our Native Hawaiian Forests! Stay stylish and do your part in creating a more carbon neutral environment by buying your Reforest Hawai’i merchandise today!
The Koa seed is gathered by dedicated volunteers from healthy, strong mother trees to ensure a productive germination.
The keiki Koa is nurtured in our nursery until the tree is approximately 12-14 inches tall to ensure a healthy root system.
The Koa tree is planted in a safe, fenced area on the island of Hawai`i where it will live out its life in a native Hawaiian forest.