To promote and assist in the reforestation of Hawai‘i forest land with the endemic Hawaiian species of trees and plants that originally grew in such locations, thereby assisting in watershed protection and expansion of critical habitat for native species; to participate and fund research into Hawaiian animal and plant life with the objective of expanding the native forests of Hawaii; to acquire land and conservation easements for the planting of endemic Hawaiian plants and trees; to accomplish the mission in a way that enhances the understanding of the integral relationship between the Hawaiian culture, tradition, and history with the resource management of the endemic Hawaiian forest; to develop new and creative methodologies to advance the optimal use and economic benefit of forest products and the sustainable planting of trees; and to monitor conservation easements for existing lands.
Hawai‘i is the only place in the United States where tropical rainforests and cloud forests exist. Sugar, pineapple, and cattle ranching have destroyed these native forests. Our mission is to rebuild these natural environments and restore the diversity and integrity of the native ecosystem. By doing this, we will help create a better future for all living things. Our ultimate goal is to create a sustainable model that inspires others to come together to take action. By increasing awareness for how the simple act of planting a tree impacts our environment, we, with partners like you, can change the face of the planet.
The naturally occurring ravines in this formerly forested area provide an ideal platform for ecosystem restoration. Native plants attract native wildlife, and over time, the natural mauka-makai (mountain to ocean) corridors will be reestablished.
Koa Legacy Trees are being planted along these wildlife corridors to provide native habitat for Hawaii's rarest birds like the endangered akepa and akiapolaʻau. These Legacy Trees are part of a managed forest ecosystem and will not be harvested.
In addition to the Koa Legacy Trees, we will also be planting native understory trees and shrubs like māmane, naio, ‘iliahi (sandalwood), ‘ōhi‘a, kōlea, ‘ākala and ferns. These practices not only improve watershed and stream quality, but coral reef habitat as well.
The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) is a Hawaii-based non-profit organization focused on the return of the native Hawaiian forest. There is a great deal of public benefit with the return of native forests in Hawaii. These include: