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Akaka Foundation For Tropical Forests
c/o Cades Schutte LLP
P.O. Box 1525 Kamuela, Hawaii
96743, USA

808-895-6991
kokua@akakaforests.org

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About Us

About us

The Akaka Foundation for Tropical Forests was founded in honor of former United States Senator Daniel K. Akaka, and in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the protection and promotion of Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources.


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Our Vision

Our Vision

Vibrant forest communities alive with the voices of Hawai‘i from one generation to the next.


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Our Mission

Our Mission

To enhance and promote a forest stewardship ethic that embraces biocultural restoration and conservation strategies through integration of traditional and western knowledge and through strategic cooperation among private and public organizations.


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Ulu Lehulehu Initiative

Ulu Lehulehu

Ulu Lehulehu “Million 'Ōhi'a Initiative” promotes the protection, planting and restoration of 'Ōhi'a Lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha), a Hawai‘i endemic tree and the monarch of Hawaii’s natural world.


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Koa Initiative

Koa Initiative

The Koa Initiative promotes traditional improvement and planting of Acacia koa, a fast growing tree species found only in Hawai'i and the state’s premier timber species.


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Cultural Keystones Initiative

Cultural Keystone Initiative

Cultural Keystones Initiative promotes the planting and restoration of plant species of high cultural and ecological value to Hawai‘i, including Kamani, Kou, Milo, Kauila, Iliahi, Alahe‘e, and Lama.


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Akaka Foundation For Tropical Forests

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Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a

Ahupua‘a of Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a, is the 38,885 acre dryland portion of HETF. Meaning “Many-Furrowed Hill”, Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a holds some of the state’s last remnants of Hawaii’s dryland forests.

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Laupāhoehoe Ahupua'a

The Hawai‘i Experimental tropical Forest (HETF) in the Ahupua‘a of Laupāhoehoe provides, “landscapes facilities, and data/information to support research and education opportunities” (DLNR 2016)

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The Akaka Foundation for Tropical Forests is a 501C3 incorporated in the state of Hawai‘i

Akaka Foundation For Tropical Forests
c/o Cades Schutte LLP
P.O. Box 1525 Kamuela, Hawaii
96743, USA

808-895-6991
kokua@akakaforests.org