The Mahalo ‘Āina Give Back to the Forest Kick-off Campaign will launch the Hawai‘i Forest Institute’s (HFI’s) first, long-term, self-sustaining, outreach program. In partnership with the Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association (HFIA), the goals of the Campaign are to expand our public and private partnerships and gain support for the protection and perpetuation of Hawaii’s forest ecosystems.
Through this 12-month Kick-off Campaign, HFI will seek support for forest restoration and demonstration projects throughout the State. Funds raised will help support propagation, outplanting, and long-term care of plantings; site maintenance; educational programs; and administrative and promotional activities of the campaign.
Mahalo ‘Āina is not just a tree planting program, in addition to planting trees, it will help to support total ecosystem management and provide forest stewardship opportunities and environmental and cultural educational programs at project sites throughout the state. The Campaign will benefit the following projects:
- Ka‘ūpūlehu Dryland Forest, Hawai‘i Island
- La‘i‘Ōpua Dryland Habitat Preserve, Hawai‘i Island
- Kaloko Makai Dryland Forest Preserve, Hawai‘i Island
- Pana‘ewa Zoo Discovery Forest, Hawai‘i Island
- Pālamanui Dry Forest Preserve, Hawai‘i Island
- Humu‘ula Christmas Tree Demonstration Project, Hawai‘i Island
- Kapāpala Canoe Forest, Hawai‘i Island
- Honolulu Zoo Children’s Discovery Forest, O‘ahu
- Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, Hawai‘i Island
- Hawai‘i Island Native Hawaiian Seed Bank Cooperative, Hawai‘i Island
- Honokohau National Historical Park & Pu’uhonua O’ Honaunau Restoration, Hawai‘i Island
- Project on Kaua‘i to be identified.
Mahalo‘Āina Give Back to the Forest Campaign Message
We, the Hawai‘i Forest Institute and our sister organization the Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association give deep appreciation and thanks to our ‘āina. We understand that we are dependent upon the land and its forests; the land is not dependent on us. We are humbled, awed and inspired in the presence of one of the lands’ great expressions: its forests. We mahalo the ‘āina and we invite you to mahalo with us by Giving Back to the Forest.
He ali‘i ka ‘aina: He kauwa ke kanaka
The land is chief: Man its servant
Land has no need for man, but man needs the land and works it for his livelihood
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