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Kamehameha Schools
Kamehameha Schools
Namaka Whitehead (2017 Chair)


University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Center for Conservation Research & Training
Ken Kaneshiro (Permanent Chair)

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance is one of the many successful projects hosted by the Center for Conservation Research & Training at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Pacific Biosciences Research Center.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
   Brutus La Benz (2018 Chair)

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy
Samuel M. ‘Ohukani‘ōhi‘a Gon III (2016 Chair)

Hawai'i Department of Land & Natural Resources,
Division of Forestry & Wildlife
Randall Kennedy (HCAF President)

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station -
Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry 
Christian Giardina (Member-At-Large)




Bishop Museum

Allen Allison, Norine Yeung
Bishop Museum’s mission since founding has been to study, preserve and tell the stories of the cultures and natural history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Within this mission, serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians is a primary purpose of the Museum. The Museum gives priority generally to activities associated with the collections, and we favor activities that integrate culture and natural history (or the environment) rather than approaching them separately. Current thematic priorities are: Protecting Our Collections and Making Them More Accessible; Advancing Native Hawaiian Culture and Education; Strengthening Connections to Hawai‘i’s Schools; Conserving Cultures and the Environment in the Pacific; Opening a Science Center at Kalihi; Renovating Our Historic Buildings; and Strengthening Our Neighbor Island and Polynesian Presence.


Conservation International - Hawaiʻi

To ensure that the ocean will feed Hawaiʻi's people for generations to come, Conservation International Hawai'i merges traditional knowledge with Western science, conservation tools and strategies for changing how people and business value local, sustainable seafood.

Hawai‘i Association of Watershed Partnerships

Chris Brosius, Colleen Cole
HAWP comprises eleven island-based Watershed Partnerships that work collaboratively with more than 71 public and private partners on six islands to protect over 2.2 million acres of vital forested watershed lands. www.hawp.org


Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture

Neil Reimer
The Department of Agriculture’s (HDOA) mission is to develop and promote agriculture as a significant and respected driver of Hawai‘i’s economy. HDOA has many varied responsibilities including establishing and maintaining irrigation systems, managing agricultural lands, marketing and business development, preventing the entry of invasive species into the state, pest and disease control and eradication, maintaining healthy livestock industries, rabies prevention, and food safety and quality assurance programs. The Plant Pest Control and Plant Quarantine programs within the Plant Industry Division have a strong conservation focus as they are responsible for the prevention, early detection, response, eradication and control of invasive species.



Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council

Joshua Atwood
The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (the Council or HISC) was established for the special purpose of providing policy level direction, coordination, and planning among state departments, federal agencies, and international and local initiatives for the control and eradication of harmful invasive species infestations throughout the State [of Hawaii] and for preventing the introduction of other invasive species that may be potentially harmful

Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Committees

Lori Campbell
The Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Commitees (ISCs) are island-based, grassroots partnerships of government agencies, private businesses and non-profit organizations working together to control or eradicate the worst pest species that threaten each island. ISCs have field crews on each island that survey, map and conduct control work on the most threatening pests. ISC field crews act as rapid response teams to control or eradicate new invasive pests before they spread. 


Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources: Division of Aquatic Resources (DLNR/DAR)

Elia Herman, Bruce Anderson
The mission of the Division of Aquatic Resources is to manage, conserve and restore the state’s unique aquatic resources and ecosystems for present and future generations. The DAR manages the state’s aquatic resources and ecosystems through programs in commercial and recreational fisheries and resource enhancement; aquatic resources protection, habitat enhancement, and education.


Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources: Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR/DOFAW)

Emma Yuen
The mission of DLNR/DOFAW is to responsibly manage and protect watersheds, native ecosystems, and cultural resources and provide outdoor recreation and sustainable forest products opportunities, while facilitating partnerships, community involvement and education. Mālama ika ‘Āina


Kamehameha Schools (KS)

Nāmaka Whitehead, Jason Jeremiah
The mission of the Kamehameha Schools is to fulfill Ke Ali‘i Pauahi’s desire to create educational opportunities in perpetuity to improve the capability and well-being of people of Hawaiian ancestry. It is the policy of KS to manage their lands and resources to optimize the balance of educational, cultural, economic, environmental, and community returns and steward resources in an ethical, prudent and culturally appropriate manner.


National Park Service (NPS)

Melia Lane-Kamahele, Natalie Gates
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS)

Michelle Mansker
The mission of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service in the Pacific Islands region is to achieve healthy marine ecosystems that provide for stability in fishery resources, recovery of endangered and threatened marine species, and enhanced opportunities for commercial, recreational, and cultural activities in the marine environment.

National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration: National Ocean Service (NOAA/NOS)

Athline Clark, Jean Tanimoto, Kristina Kekuewa, Allen Tom
NOAA/NOS provides science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships to address evolving economic, environmental, and social pressures on our ocean and coasts.


National Tropical Botanical Garden

Chipper Wichman, Kawika Winter
The mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions.


The Nature Conservancy Hawai‘i (TNC Hawai‘i)

Samuel M. ‘Ohukani‘ōhi‘a Gon III, Manuel Mejia, Jason Sumiye
The mission of TNC Hawai‘i is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. In the Hawaiian archipelago, our ecoregional goal is to bring active, protective management to representative, viable, native ecological systems and species of the Hawaiian Archipelago, and to thereby sustain the greatest possible complement of native Hawaiian biodiversity into the future. Working with partners, threats will be abated, health of terrestrial and freshwater ecological systems will be restored and maintained, and the unique biodiversity of the islands will be carried forward as an irreplaceable asset, meeting human needs and fulfilling ecosystem functions that serve all life in the islands. The Conservancy in Hawai‘i maintains a network of preserves, participates in watershed and other conservation partnerships, engages in active management of natural areas, and works to strengthen policies and capacity for conservation in Hawai‘i.


Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)

Blake "Brutus" LaBenz, Olu Campbell
To mālama (protect) Hawai‘i’s people and environmental resources and OHA’s assets, toward ensuring the perpetuation of the culture, the enhancement of lifestyle and the protection of entitlements of Native Hawaiians, while enabling the building of a strong and healthy Hawaiian people and nation, recognized nationally and internationally.

Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative

Deanna Spooner, Jeff Burgett
The PICCC provides a range of services and tools to help managers in Hawai‘i, the Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and other Pacific Island groups make informed decisions for conservation of natural and cultural resources including climate models at the archipelagic and island scales, ecological response models, and implementation and monitoring strategies for island species, resources, and communities.

Pacific Islands Cimate Science Center

David Helweg
The Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CSC) is a network of eight CSCs created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.


University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Sharon Ziegler-Chong, Jim Beets, Don Straney
The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is a public university with a comprehensive portfolio of distinguished undergraduate programs, complemented by select graduate and professional degrees that seek to improve the quality of life of the people of Hawai‘i Island and state. We are committed to excellence in higher education and learning with aloha. We inspire our students to explore, investigate and discover, through the cultivation of innovation, creativity, and critical thinking. Our faculty and students undertake research activities that enhance both our students’ learning and our university’s contribution to academia and society. UH Hilo’s membership as part of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance is a strategic and important partnership for our university to achieve our mission with the communities of our island, the state and the region.


University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa: Center for Conservation Research and Training (UH Mānoa/CCRT)

Kenneth Kaneshiro, Rob Cowie
The mission of UH Mānoa/CCRT is to create the premier multi-agency, trans-disciplinary research and education center in the Pacific Asia Region whose mission is to develop a new paradigm for addressing ecosystem and human health issues within a socio-ecological systems framework that includes the spiritual values of traditional cultures.


U.S. Department of Agriculture: Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station - Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (USDA/FS/PSW)

Ric Lopez, Christian Giardina
The mission of USDA/FS is through research, education, and demonstration, we provide scientific and technical information needed to restore, protect, and sustain forests of the Pacific for purposes of conservation and utilization. Our core focus research areas include ecological restoration at stand to watershed scales, effects of global change on wetlands, ecology and control of invasive species, and climate change impacts on Pacific island ecosystems.


U.S. Department of Agriculture: Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (USDA/FS/R5)

Jodi Chew
The mission of USDA/FS/R5 is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.  Two key mission areas include State and Private Forestry, which provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners, state agencies, Tribes, and community resource managers to help sustain the Nation’s urban and rural forests and to protect communities and the environment from wildland fires, insects, disease, and invasive plants, and the National Forest System, which protects and manages the 18 national forests and 1 national grassland in California so they best demonstrate the sustainable multiple-use management concept, using an ecological approach, to meet the diverse needs of people.


U.S. Department of Agriculture: Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA/NRCS)

Tony Ingersoll
The Natural Resources Conservation Service works in partnership with private land owners and managers to protect, enhance, and preserve soil, water, air, plant and animals using sound science and professional expertise. Through our mission of “Helping People Help the Land,” we provide technical assistance and financial incentives for the implementation of conservation systems that help us to realize our vision of “Productive Lands, Healthy Environment.”


U.S. Department of Defense, Army Garrison Hawai‘i: Natural Resource Program

Kapua Kawelo
The goal of the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawai‘i Natural Resource Program is to enable the installation to comply with the Endangered Species Act while maintaining military mission readiness. The Army in Hawai‘i has over 100 listed species on their lands; which account for one-third of the nation’s and the State’s total listed species!


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Ecological Services (USFWS/ES)

Kristi Young, Mary Abrams, Stephen Miller, Dan Polhemus
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is: “working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.” The Service manages migratory birds and nationally significant fisheries; conserves and restores vital wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Refuge System; protects and recovers endangered species; administers a Federal Assistance program; and helps other governments with conservation efforts.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: National Wildlife Refuge Complex (USFWS/NWRC)

Barry Stieglitz
The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. The National Wildlife Refuge System manages 22 National Wildlife Refuges and 4 Marine National Monuments in Hawai‘i and the broader Pacific encompassing 215 million acres.


U.S. Geological Survey: Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center (USGS/PIERC)

Gordon Tribble, Jim Jacobi
The mission of PIERC is to conduct and interpret scientific research to provide understanding and technologies needed to support and implement sound management and conservation of our Nation’s biological resources occurring in Hawai‘i and other Pacific island locations.