Environment

HFIA
HFIA

Many shipments of Christmas trees from the Pacific Northwest have been found to be riddled with slugs, which can carry a dangerous parasite that can prove deadly to humans. To combat this threat, the Hawaiʻi Forest Institute has started a local Christmas tree demonstration project called ʻĀina Mauna Christmas. 

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The ʻōhiʻa tree is a statewide symbol of Hawaiʻi's forests. Over the past five years, ʻōhiʻa appear to be dying rapidly and under mysterious circumstances from a microscopic enemy. By limiting the transport of diseased woods, we can stop the disease making its way to other islands.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Koa Forest

Feb 3, 2016
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

Prized for its beautiful wood product, koa is one of the most valuable woods on the planet. Restoring koa forests is a profitable practice. Economics, in part, is driving the conservation and restoration of this legendary tree.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Silversword

Feb 3, 2016
Jane Peterson
Jane Peterson

The Silversword is uniquely adapted to life on the high altitude volcanic substrate of Hawaiʻi's mountains. An extensive conservation effort is underway to preserve these plants in the wild.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The designation of state flower would lead one to believe that the Hawaiian Hibiscus is prolific amongst the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, the populations of these plants are staggeringly small. The primary reason: habitat degradation.

Christopher Phillips explains...

US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Fish & Wildlife Service

nce described as the most common native land bird to be found on the island, the Oʻahu ʻelepaio has now become an endangered species. Through the Endangered Species Act, five areas of critical habitat have been designated for the bird.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Wikipedia
Wikipedia

The breeding cycle of the Hawaiian Hawk leaves it vulnerable to the decline that is faced by raptors the world over. The Io is now the subject of intense study by conservationists seeking to better understand the bird itself, its breeding habits, survival, and populations.

Christopher Phillips explains...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

What happens when two species humans are acting to preserve clash head on? This is the case with the Alala, the Hawaiian Crow, and the Io, the Hawaiian Hawk.

Christopher Phillips explains...

HFIA
HFIA

We are all stewards of the ʻāina; we cannot rely on conservationists alone to shoulder the burden.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Yvonne Yarber Carter
Yvonne Yarber Carter

When we think of forests under threat, we often think of the tropical rainforest; however, on the island of Hawaiʻi, it is the dryland forest that is far more endangered.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Pollinators

Feb 3, 2016
www.uhbeeproject.com/
www.uhbeeproject.com/

The pollinators are the work horse of the forest. They are the mammals, birds, and insects that perform the invaluable act of pollination. The pollinators themselves are not without their enemies in the natural world.

Christopher Phillips explains...

US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Fish & Wildlife Service

The Pueo, sometimes called the Hawaiian owl, are an endangered species on Oʻahu, where they are threatened by ground-based predators and urban development, including light pollution. The Hakalau Forest on the windward slope of Mauna Kea provides a safe habitat for the Pueo to make a comeback.

Christopher Phillips explains...

ʻIʻiwi

Feb 3, 2016
www.mauiforestbirds.org
www.mauiforestbirds.org.

The ʻiʻiwi is one of the most remarkable examples of evolutionary adaptation in the Hawaiian islands. Once found in abundance on each of the isalnds, it is now extinct on Lanaʻi and facing hardship on Oʻahu and Molokaʻi.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Sandalwood

Feb 3, 2016
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

Sandalwood, prized for its mystical powers of healing, is used in ritual proceedings and alternative medicine across Asia. In Hawaiʻi, trade in this valuable wood brought about the collapse of tree populations by 1830. While the sandalwood trade is long gone, a surviving sandalwood forest exists in a 120,000 acre region on the island of Hawaiʻi.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Formed in 1997, the goal of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project is to protect and preserve the numerous endangered birds that inhabit the forests of the island.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The Hawaiʻi Public Seed Initiative aims to improve, increase, and promote biodiversity of crops across the state. By working with local communities, farmers, and gardeners, the Initiative aims to grow, harvest, store, and improve the very best seeds that thrive in Hawaiʻi. This will ensure that local producers can continue to provide locally grown -- not flown -- produce for island dinner tables.

Christopher Phillips explains...

DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife
DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife

The Kaʻu coast on the southwestern corner of the Hawaiʻi island is one of the largest and most intact expanse of native forest in the state. This Kaʻu Preserve is home to many rare plants and endangered forest birds. Local communities and landowners are doing their part to protect the forest.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Jill Wagner
Jill Wagner

The banking of seeds is a vital tool in the campaign to protect Hawaiʻi's forests. Hawaʻi Forest Institute's Hawaiʻi Island Native Seed Bank specializes in rare, threatened, and endangered species. This genetic safety net will provide native species with a valuable insurance policy.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Kauaʻi Coqui

Feb 3, 2016
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The Coqui frog threat is far more serious than mere noise pollution. It dines on unique species of spiders and insects and competes with endemic birds and other native fauna. On the Garden Isle, the Kauaʻi Invasive Species Committee has successfully managed to eradicate an army of invading Coqui frogs.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday
J.B. Friday

The slopes of Mauna Kea shelter a variety of ecosystems that are as diverse as any in the Hawaiian Islands. The Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project is an effort to protect the precious forest environment and reverse the destructive trends of the past.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Nurseries

Feb 3, 2016
Jill Wagner
Jill Wagner

There are a number of private nurseries in the state which contribute to preserving the rich natural tapestry of Hawaiʻi's forests. They can scale up their nursery operations, supplying vast numbers of plants for use in crisis situations.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Koa Wilt

Feb 3, 2016
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The species of the Hawaiian forests are faced with a variety of different threats to their health and survival. One of the hardest threats to combat is that of disease. The majestic Koa tree is under attack from a microscopic enemy.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Land owners in Hawaii are some of the key stakeholders in efforts to protect the forests and watershed areas of the islands. Stewardship programs and strategic partnerships are vital to maintaining the health of the Aina.

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Coconut Coast Condo
Coconut Coast Condo

When we think of forests and the economy, we think of logging and timber as a product of the forest resource. There are however a plethora of products that come from the forest, that aren't timber at all.

Christopher Phillips explains...

www.koawoodrings.com
www.koawoodrings.com

Most of us are at least partially aware of the benefits that the forest provides for us, but the depth of the relationship between our society and the forest probably escapes us. We examine the depth of the relationship that defines life in the Hawaiian islands.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Soil Erosion

Feb 3, 2016
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

The Earth is constantly changing. Mountains rise and fall, the forces that shape our ʻaina are unceasing. Erosion is one such consequence of the constant jostling of environmental forces, such as wind, rain, glaciation, and volcanism. We take a look at how these forces shape the ʻaina.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawai'i
J.B. Friday, University of Hawai'i

The great outdoors beckons us. We roam the forest trails of Hawaiʻi gazing with wonder and quiet reflection at the forest around us. The trails we walk take us on a journey not only through the beauty of the natural world, but also through paths trodden by those who came before in times past.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Kaua‘i Watershed Alliance
Kaua‘i Watershed Alliance

Water, it is the single most important ingredient for life on planet Earth, and for life in the Hawaiian Islands. The ecosystems of the Hawaiian Islands are entirely dependent on water for their survival, as are the humans that inhabit these islands.

Christopher Phillips explains...

J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi
J.B. Friday, University of Hawaiʻi

Along the Ka'u coastline of Hawaiʻi Island, there is a very special piece of land. It is the Kapapala Canoe Forest. It is a parcel of land over 1200 acres in area. It is a crucial cultural and educational resource and link between land and sea, past and present.

Christopher Phillips explains...

DLNR
DLNR

The Natural Area Reserve System, or NARS, is spread across the state of Hawaiʻi. It was established by the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources to preserve a variety of natural areas which support local communities, areas of natural flora and fauna, and important geological sites.

Christopher Phillips explains...

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