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Welcome to Hawaiʻi Forest Tracks

Welcome to Hawai’i Forest Tracks, providing current and historic information about Hawaii’s forests. Our aim is to bring you a broad range of news pertaining to Hawaii’s forests and forest industries. From historic information, to industry, to the environments and the people that help make Hawaii’s forests and forest industry grow–we’re tracking national and international information for our readers.

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Helpful Hawaiʻi Resources

Hawai’i Forest Links will keep you posted on the historic background, latest news and current events about Hawaii’s forests. Also, we are providing links to other important sites and places that you can explore for research and getting an up-close look at some of Hawaii’s forest resources and a big picture, statewide look at Hawaii’s forest industry.

We welcome your input as well in keeping people informed about statewide projects, big and small–continuing and growing the tradition of Hawaii’s forest industry.


Forest Ecosystem Services

“Ecosystem  Services are commonly defined as benefits people obtain from ecosystems.  The Millennium  Ecosystem Assessment – a four-year United Nations assessment of the  condition and trends of the world’s ecosystems – categorizes ecosystem services  as:

  • Provisioning Services or the provision of food, fresh water, fuel, fiber, and other goods;
  • Regulating Services such as climate, water, and disease regulation as well as pollination;
  • Supporting Services such as soil formation and nutrient cycling; and
  • Cultural Services such as educational, aesthetic, and cultural heritage values as well as  recreation and tourism.”

This excerpt from the United States Department of Agriculture website explains the broad roles ecosystems play in our lives–Hawaii Forest Tracks takes it one step further by exploring the ecosystems of forests in Hawaii. Join us to discover the many layers of these contributions through historic information, news and feedback.

Recent Articles


What is Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death?

The fungus, Ceratocystis, has impacted over 50,000 acres of ʻŌhiʻa forest on Hawaiʻi Island so far. Here’s how you can learn more about it:

  • If you’d  like to spend an excellent 35 minutes to learn what Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) is, how it’s being detected and about the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ (CTAHR) Strategic Response Plan, watch extension forester Dr. J.B. Friday, discuss this subject with the Hawaiʻi County Council Committee on Agriculture on February 12, 2017 and presented by Big Island Video News.
  • Visit CTAHR’s’ page dedicated to Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death to find out where it is, what you can do about it and helpful links, including their Facebook page.
Image Wikimedia USGS

Supporting Kauai’s Forest Song

The Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project (KFBRP) promotes knowledge, appreciation and conservation of Kauai’s native forest birds. The organization focuses mainly on three federally endangered species: Puaiohi, ‘Akikiki, and ‘Akeke‘e.

To find out more about this collaborative organization visit their site .

If you’re looking for exquisite forest-bird-inspired fashion which keeps you cool, displays beautiful art work by artist, Eleanor Grosch, AND helps keep Kauai’s forest song going visit here.


Weekend Musings–“In the Land of Giants” NY Times Article by Jon Mooallem Gives and Finds Sequoia Perspective

In our weekend musings about what’s tracking with forests in other places, Author, Jon Mooallem, gets some human perspective from giant sequoias on a wintry visit to California’s Sequoia National Park in a New York Times article,  In the Land of the Giants. Mooallem provides history on the park’s establishment which includes back story on the Kaweah Colony, a collective of fifty three individuals who, in 1885, filed, according to Mooallem, for “8,000 adjoining acres centered in the Giant Forest.”  Great article for historic facts and Mooallem’s perspectives on these giants’ timelines, the public’s reaction to them and his own visit to the park.



Applicants Sought for Hawaii Island Forestry Advisory Council positions

Hawaii 24/7  has just posted a media release “The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, is now accepting applications for vacant seats on the Laupāhoehoe Advisory Council (LAC) and the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Advisory Council (PAC) on Hawai‘i island.”



Hawaii Forest Industry Association Plants Douglas fir Christmas Trees March 3 and Invites You to Volunteer

HFIA’s ‘Aina Mauna Christmas Tree Planting of Douglas fir trees on the slopes of Mauna Kea will take place on March 3 on the slopes of Mauna Kea from 8 :00 am-12:30 pm and you’re invited to volunteer to help. Horticulturist Aileen Yeh of the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center will lead the efforts. Space is limited and sign up is suggested. See the Hawaii Tribune Herald article for more information.

If you want to see how Douglas fir seeds, sent from Vancouver Island and Washington, grow into trees to plant, see Aileen Yeh’s pdf presentation on the HFIA website.