Hawai'i conservation alliance

Huakaʻi Sessions (Offsite)

Tuesday, August 4th

The 23rd Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference features off-site sessions that allows participants to discover first-hand, the innovative and collaborative ways in which Hawai‘i Island conservation projects come together to protect some of the largest, most endangered, native habitats in Hawai‘i.  Huaka‘i  will take you OUT of the air conditioning with PowerPoint and IN the field with biologists and field staff- where conservation is happening in real time.

Transportation is included, and participants will have the opportunity to purchase their lunch and snacks before departing campus. All Conference registrants will receive updates with sign up information in June. 





Partnerships in conservation in dryland native landscapes

TIME: 10:00am - 5:45pm


A day-long session exploring some of Hawai‘i's last remaining dryland ecosystems.  Once regarded as one of the largest and most diverse ecosystems in Hawai‘i, today, only 28% is left.  This Huaka‘i will visit two very different sites, exploring the flora and fauna and the multi-entity collaborative efforts to protect and restore them.   

SITEMauna Kea high-elevation dry forest and Palila habitat

PRESENTER: Jackson Bauer, Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project (MKFRP) and Paul Banko, U.S. Geological Survey

The largest remaining dry forest in Hawai‘i sits high above the clouds on the slopes of Mauna Kea.  Home to the critically endangered palila this māmane-naio dominated forest has seen centruies of degradation and population declines.  Today, however, collaborative partnerships are turning the tide and restoring this fragile ecosystem.

SITE:  Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative.

PRESENTER:  Jen Lawson, Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative

The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative is a non-profit organization that manages a forest preserve and restoration project near Waikoloa Village on Hawai‘i Island. The Initiative aims to preserve, protect and restore a remnant native Hawaiian dry forest ecosystem once dominated wiliwili and the endangered uhiuhi.  






Community collaboration in coastal ecosystem management

TIME: 10:00am - 12:00pm


SITE: Loko Iʻa ʻo Hale O Lono, Honohononui

COORDINATOR: Roxane Stewart, Kiaʻi Loko - Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation

Hale O Lono is a traditional loko iʻa kuapā under the stewardship of the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation. The loko iʻa is fed by fresh water springs whose water source are Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Hale O Lono is also part of the Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa network of fishpond practitioners across our pae ʻāina. Many student and community groups engage with Hale O Lono to learn the important function of kiaʻi loko utilizing the methodology of Papakū Makwalu. Participants will be provided the opportunity to engage in various kuleana of a kiaʻi loko and learn about the management practices utilized at Hale O Lono, the challenges we face and the way in which we are training now generation kiaʻi loko practitioners.




Bringing together Hawai’i’s largest landowners to protect native forests of Kīlauea

TIME: 1:00pm - 5:45pm


The forested upland watershed of Kīlauea and ‘Ōla‘a include some of Hawai‘iʻs most pristine wet and mesic forests. This afternoon session will explore the collaborative efforts, through the Three Mountain Alliance, both in- and ex-situ to protect and restore some of the rarest species on Earth.  

SITE: Volcano Rare Plant Facility

PRESENTER: Patty Moriyasu (UH Center for Conservation Research and Training)

The Volcano Rare Plant Facility is part of a statewide program to prevent native plant extinctions by propagation and planting. Volcano Rare Plant Facility staff works to increase rare plant numbers and to preserve genetic diversity through various methods of plant propagation and by maintaining a gene bank of plants and seeds. The Facility works closely with Federal, State and private entities to restore threatened and endangered species to appropriate habitat. 

PRESENTERS: Lance Tominaga (Three Mountain Alliance)

As the state's largest watershed alliance, TMA actively manages over 1 million acres, including 50% of the stateʻs remaining native habitat.  The TMA is home to thousands of native species including rare and threatened or endangered species and works together with its 10 members to ensure their survival.

SITE: Keauhou Bird Conservation Center

PRESENTER: Bryce Masuda (Hawaiʻi Endangered Bird Conservation Program, San Diego Zoo)

Since 1995, KBCC has served as one of the premier bird rearing facilities in the world.  KBCC has pioneered techniques to rear some of the most endangered bird species and currently raises ‘Alalā, Palila, Puaiohi, and Kiwikiu among 18 ‘Alalā aviary buildings, two forest bird barns, a small vet clinic and a suite of incubation and hand-rearing rooms. 

*Note: the site visit to ʻŌlaʻa Forest Cooperative Restoration Site (Wright Road) has been cancelled due to concerns of potential spread of the ʻōhiʻa wilt ("sudden ʻōhiʻa death") fungus.