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What We Do: Connecting People with Nature

Connecting People with Nature Goal: Connect Residents and visitors with native wildlife and wild places in Hawai‘i

  • Provide compelling educational materials to the general public and decision-makers
  • Organize field trips and service trips to introduce people to native species and habitats

All of the work we do at Conservation Council for Hawai‘i depends on the support and involvement of the public, including our members. We provide information and opportunities for people to experience wildlife and wild places in Hawai‘i for themselves and know what we are fighting so hard to preserve. We organize field trips and service trips for our members and supporters so that they have an opportunity to give back to the ‘āina (land). We started a plant restoration project on the Mānoa Cliff Trail above Honolulu, which is now run by the Hawai‘i Botanical Society. We are taking the lead in restoring the native vegetation and aquatic ecosystems at a fascinating 6-acre site at Kalaeloa (Barber’s Point), O‘ahu that contains geologic sinkholes and the bones of fascinating and extinct Hawaiian birds. The sinkhole preserve is the perfect classroom for teaching lessons about geology, ecology, ecosystem restoration, and species extinction.

Listen to Noe Tanigawa’s KHPR feature on the sinkholes at Kalaeloa (Barber’s Point)

Each year, we produce attractive newsletters, Kōkua (Help) Alerts, annual wildlife posters for the schools, and other materials to bring some of these species and habitats to your living room and classroom. The posters are distributed free of charge to every public, private, charter, and Native Hawaiian language school in Hawai‘i, community organizations, agencies, elected officials, and others on request. We administer the sales and distribution of the Hawai‘i Wildlife Guide and accompanying wildlife viewing signs to guide residents and visitors to appropriate wildlife viewing areas on Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, Lāna‘i, and Hawai‘i. We also provide information to educators, landowners, elected officials, and others on request, who want to plant native species on their land or learn about the native Hawaiian flora and fauna.

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