The HWUT has also sponsored educational activities including a “Timber in Hawai‘i Talk”, “Forest to Frame: Mass Timber from a Hawai‘i Perspective” workshop, and a Wood Kiln Drying Short-course. The HWUT also sponsors the annual “Innovation + Imagination (I+I) Student Challenge”, a component of Hawaii’s Woodshow that challenges students to construct artwork using a mixture of donated Hawai‘i-grown wood and other materials of their choice.
The Hawai‘i Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry & Wildlife (DOFAW) formed the Hawai‘i Wood Utilization Team, which is comprised of the following representatives:
- DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife – Philipp LaHaela Walter
- Albizia Project – Joseph Valenti
- Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association – Michael Tam
- Hawai‘i Forest Institute – William Yuen
- Kuhikuhipuʻuone – Ikaika Bantolina
- Mana Means Communications – Janet Scheffer
- UH Kaua‘i Community College – Justin Carvalho
- Hawaii Lumber Products Association (HLPA) – Scott Loomer
- UH College of Engineering – Ian Robertson
- TZ Economics – Paul Brewbaker
- Kevin Miyamura Architects – Kevin Miyamura
Developing Markets for Hazardous Fuel Wood
Each year, approximately 0.5% of Hawaii’s total land area is burned by wildfire. More than 25% of the state has been invaded by non-native, fire-prone grasses and shrubs and that percentage grows each time fire burns into a native forest. As a result, wildfires are increasing in frequency, size, and severity on all islands, which threatens communities, agricultural lands, natural resources, and ecosystem services.
Hawai‘i has over 75,000 acres of timber plantations in need of management and use to reduce the threat of wildfire and reduce post‐fire environmental impacts. This project will promote the use of hazardous fuel wood, as well as increase the visibility, connectivity, and confidence in Hawai‘i wood products and local manufacturing for commercial building markets.