Hawai'i conservation alliance

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What We Do

A Partnership Dedicated to Environmental Stewardship, Community Engagement, and Conservation Capacity

Our Work

The Alliance promotes strategic environmental stewardship, stimulates community participation in resource management, and leverages capacity across the Hawaiian Islands.

For two decades, the Alliance has led the coordination of the annual Hawai'i Conservation Conference which serves as an essential interactive forum for scientists, managers, students, and cultural practitioners to share their best practices and discuss cutting-edge issues across the Pacific Islands. 

The Alliance efforts prompted a number of statewide collaborations such as Mālama Hawai’i, the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species, and the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative.

In cooperation with our members and conservation practitioners, the Alliance strongly supports the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, Hawai‘i Green Growth, and the State of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Rain Follows the Forest Initiative.


Our long-term initiatives include:

  • Build Conservation Connections, an interactive mobile website to facilitate stakeholder participation, cross-island collaboration, and sustainability of local, state, and federal conservation areas.


  • Cultivate activities that build the next generation of conservation leaders.


  • Implement a watershed outreach plan in collaboration with statewide community conservation networks to increase awareness and understand the connectivity of our important island resources.


  • Create a cultural curriculum for resource managers to integrate science and culture into contemporary management practices.


  • Effective Conservation Program

             -Produce snapshots of watershed management efforts across Hawai‘i for the community and decision makers.

             -Generate a web-based interactive map for managers to easily store and share their data for enhanced decision making and resource status evaluations.