A nonprofit devoted to conserving the unique flora and fauna of Hawai'i Island, while simultaneously providing wildlife-dependent recreation such as birding and photography, education, cultural experiences and scientific research. 

The higher elevation Hakalau Forest Unit contains some of the finest remaining stands of native montane rain forest in Hawai’i and habitat for 29 critically endangered species including seven birds, one insect, one mammal and 20 plants found nowhere else in the world. Currently, it is the only place in Hawai’i where native forest bird populations are stable or increasing.

The lower elevation Kona Forest Unit is predominantly ‘ōhi‘a trees with an understory of nonnative trees and shrubs and home to a number of endangered birds, plants and one insect. This area was home to the last wild pair of ʻalalā in 2002. The primary purpose of this unit is to protect, conserve and manage this native forest for threatened or endangered species.

To learn more visit friendsofhakalauforest.org.

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