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Hawaii Diverse Forests Provide Beneficial Eco-Systems
There is no better way to explore the islands of Hawai`i than through a bird’s eye view of Hawaii’s diverse forests. They are an encompassing connection to the social and natural environments of Hawai`i.
The islands support a wide variety of forest types, ranging from low elevation tropical rain forests to arid scrub forests to temperate subalpine woodlands to cloud forests. These forests still cover roughly 1.7 of Hawaii’s 4.1 million acres.
All provide beneficial eco-system services such as: provisioning through protecting watersheds, regulating through climate control, supporting through pollination, cultural through spiritual and social benefits and preserving by maintaining diversity.
The State of Hawai`i comprises 132 islands, reefs and shoals that stretch 1,500 miles from Hawai`i Island to Midway and Kure Atolls. Please join us as we explore the forests of Hawai`i on the eight main islands which stretch 350 miles from west to east: Ni`hau, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Koho`olawe, Maui and Hawai`i. At the same time, you will meet some of the people, organizations and government agencies who work together on an ongoing basis to support the health and productivity of Hawaii’s forests.