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Hawai`i is well known for its mild subtropical weather. Less known is the fact that Hawai`i has climates which rival the harshest places on earth. From alpine snow to desert-like sand, America’s 50th State has it all. It is here that Hawaii’s forests are born.

Our forests present endless opportunities for both residents and visitors. For residents, Hawaii’s forests offer employment, recreation, and resources. Water, wildlife, and wood are just a few of the products found in a Hawaiian forest.

Perhaps less obvious, but just as important, are the myriad of organisms which make up a forest ecosystem – insects, ferns, and mushrooms to name a few.

Our forests also provide many with a cultural heritage and spiritual renewal that can be difficult to comprehend, much less quantify. For the visitor, we invite you to explore the wonders of Hawaii’s magnificent and unique forests.

Healthy forests are a goal for all of us in Hawai`i. Learn about the history of Hawaii’s forests and how they have changed since the arrival of humans, how management is the key to their survival, and how forests can create employment for many.

Maintaining diverse species can help a forest survive. Hawaii’s forests are unique in that many of our native species cannot be found anywhere else in the world. This page will inform you about some of the plants that are native to Hawai`i, and some that have been introduced.

Hawaii’s forests can be very productive. Our year round growth cycles, favorable climates, and resourceful workers can stretch a small amount of forest resources into significant economic benefits. Search this page to learn more about Hawaii’s productivity.

HFI extends its appreciation to the Hawai`i State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, The Hawai`i State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawai`i Forestry and Communities Initiative–Na Hoa Mahi`ai, the Hawai`i Forest Industry Association, Mike Robinson, Dr. JB Friday– CTAHR, and the USDA Forest Service for content use in this section of the HFI website.



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