HFI worked with the Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association (HFIA), Department of Land and Natural Resource (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), Imi Pono, and the Three Mountain Alliance to develop a Draft Youth Education Plan for bringing youth to the Kapāpala Canoe Forest for cultural and environmental education. The Draft Plan identifies goals to involve youth through cooperative programs with the Department of Education, University of Hawai‘i, and other school and educational institutions.
The Draft Plan will be part of a larger Kapāpala Forest Management Area Plan, which is being developed by DOFAW and TMA. The Draft Plan includes a background of the cultural, geological, and biological characteristics of the Kapāpala Forest Management Area; a vision for future youth educational opportunities through input from stakeholders; a summary of resources and needs; and a list of projects directed towards the realization of the vision.
DOFAW contributed $5,000 and HFI received a $10,000 grant from the Cleo Foundation to develop the youth education plan.