With a purpose driven passion, Reforest Hawai`i’s initial goal is to plant 195,000 endemic trees, which represents the 195 countries around the world.
The reforestation efforts are primarily funded by your purchases of Reforest Hawai’i of products, sponsorship of trees and your donations.
Your 501(c)(3) donation letter will be emailed to you for use in your tax filings.
“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.
Where: The trees are planted in a well-managed, fenced area on the island of Hawai`i in Kealakeua. Each species will live out its life in a protected native Hawaiian forest.
How: Reforest Hawai`i establishes self-sustaining, multi-species forests to absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and restore natural ecosystems. We put back the mix of native species that would have been present in the local area prior to land clearing. By doing so, our forests also provide a sanctuary for native wildlife who can safely return to their natural habitat.
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 the forest floor.
Ranching has destroyed the natural ecosystem by clear cutting forests in preparation for pasture land. The keiki (seedling) koa and sandalwood are also a delicious snack for grazing animals if they don’t accidentally trample over it first. New growth has been halted due to the consumption and trampling of seedlings by livestock and machinery. Reforest Hawai’i along with Saving Hawai’i’s Forests ensures all reforested areas are completely fenced and maintained for protection from ungulate animals.
LOGGING, LAND-CLEARING & INVASIVES
Native Hawaiian Forests have declined in recent years due to logging, land-clearing for construction and cattle grazing. A decline in the growth of koa, sandalwood, and other native understory plants is also due to an influx of invasive plants that wrap around or smother the native plant, cutting off their sources of oxygen and nutrition. Our goal is to eradicate the invasive species which thrive in the deforested areas. As the forest floor and canopy trees thrive the goal is for the invasive species to cease to exist.
COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
Native Hawaiians had a different 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. Today our society as a whole relies on developments and a robust infrastructure. The development of massive structures has limited the land area for the natural growth of forests. By conserving the existing forests along with rebuilding the cleared landmasses, the wildlife will be able to return to their natural habitat.
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, sheep, goats, deer, wild pigs and many other feral animals, our Native Hawaiian Forests became extremely damaged and ceased to thrive. Fencing is imperative to the success of the reforestation efforts.
OLA KA ‘ĀINA CD
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Ola Ka ‘Aina CD is a compilation of various Kanile’a artists. The cd consists of all original compositions which are inspired by their own personal experience with reforestation and sustainability. This CD features Willie K, Kapena, Keauhou, Cody Pueo Pata, Kalehua Krug of Hi`ikua, Lina Langi of Na Wai Ho`olu`u O Ke Anuenue, Bruddah Sam of Vaihi, Karlie G, Ben and Maila, Aldrine Guerrero, Craig and Sarah, Gibson Ohana, Kahiau Souza, Kenneth Makuakane, Joe Souza and Derick Sebastian!
100% of the proceeds benefit our native Hawaiian Forests. Your generous support is appreciated. This is a CD you gotta have!
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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.