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Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium 2018
9:00 AM09:00

Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium 2018


This year is the twelfth annual Nāhelehele Dryland Forest Symposium. It will feature presentations by scientists and conservationists who are working to learn about and preserve Hawaiian dryland forest plants and ecosystems. The Symposium will be held at the Courtyard at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel on Friday, February 9th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Early registration until January 30th is $75 and includes lunch and $5 parking. Student registration is $40 (reduced from $55) thanks to sponsorship by Hawai’i Forest Institute. After January 30th, late registration increases to $90 ($55 for students). Registration is limited to 200 to preserve the quality of the event for everyone attending and to facilitate networking. There will be two accompanying field trips ($40 each, lunch provided) to to Pōhakuloa Training Area on Thursday, February 8th and the Queen Emma Land Trust Dry Forest Restoration Project on Saturday, February 10th.

The dryland forests of Hawai‘i are fragile habitats that are home to many of the rarest plants in the world. Dryland forests were once considered to be the most diverse forest ecosystem on the Hawaiian Islands but today they are extremely deforested and degraded. Only remnant patches of the habitat remain to remind us of the highly diverse community of plants and animals that once dominated the landscape of West Hawai‘i. The Dryland Forest Symposium provides a forum for hearing about recent developments in dryland forest conservation and restoration, and an opportunity to interact with others interested in dryland forest.

Keynote speaker Dr. Rakan (Zak) Zahawi, new director of Lyon Arboretum at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, will start things off with a talk about dry forest restoration work in Costa Rica entitled “Project Orange: the Power of Agricultural Waste to Regenerate a Forest.” Zahawi will be followed by Dr. Jonathan Price, University of Hawai‘i Hilo, talking about “Coming up with Real Restoration Baselines.”

Don’t wait to register – field trips are limited to 25 and are on a first come, first served basis.

Field Trips

Pōhakuloa Training Area Natural Resources Management Tour
Thursday, February 8, 2018   9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Queen Emma Land Trust Dry Forest Restoration Project
Saturday, February 10, 2018   9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

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Oahu Workshop on Land Management and Technical Assistance
9:00 AM09:00

Oahu Workshop on Land Management and Technical Assistance

From our partners at West Oʻahu Soil and Water Conservation District:

"July 22 workshop on land management and technical assistance -- this will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waimea Valley. The workshop starts with a hike to Waimea Valley’s restoration site with conservation manager, Laurent Pool. He will share best practices for land management from his experience with the DLNR’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and Forest Stewardship Program. After hiking back down, strategize with specialists in conservation, forestry, technical assistance, etc. about how to best manage your land with the support of governmental and NGO programs. Register here:"

The workshop is limited to 30 persons, costs $15, and include lunch and coffee. For more information, contact: or 808.729.1676


Meet at:  59-864 Kamehameha Hwy. Mauka side of parking lot. See website:

9 a.m. - Introductions 

9:45 a.m. - Site visit of Waimea Valley with Conservation Specialist Laurent Poole - This includes a 45-minute hike to the Waimea Valley restoration site where we will debrief on programs such as Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and Forest Stewardship. The hike is easy/medium in difficulty and 1 hour 15 minutes roundtrip, approximately. Proper footwear and clothing/resources are recommended: sunscreen, close-toed shoes, hat/sun protection, foul weather gear, camera, etc.

12 p.m. - Lunch (included)

1 p.m. - Presentations from experts (10 minutes each)

-  Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Kawika Burgess

-  Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts, Puaonaona Stibbard

-  Oahu Resource Conservation & Development Council, Stephanie Mock

-  Division of Forestry and Wildlife CREP and Forest Stewardship Programs, Malia Nanbara 

-  Natural Resource Conservation Service, Bernadette Luncsford

-  West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District, Michelle Gorham

2 p.m. - Talk story with the experts and get guidance on programs. Learn about and start the application process for the partner programs on-site!

2:45 p.m. - Wrap up

3 p.m. - Finish

Photo credit: West Oahu Soil & Conservation District

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Free Workshop & Field Trip: Strategies for Wildland Fire Risk Assessment & Management
8:00 AM08:00

Free Workshop & Field Trip: Strategies for Wildland Fire Risk Assessment & Management

  • Palehua Road Kapolei, HI, 96707 United States (map)
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"Date: Monday, July 17th, 2017

Time: 8am - 4pm

Location: Palehua in Makakilo, O'ahu, Hawaii

Free Registration Here

Format: Morning workshop followed by afternoon field trip.


Join us to explore a rarely-seen part of the Waianae Mountains and to learn about wildfire planning and mitigation.

Wildfire impacts and shapes landscapes and ecosystems in dramatic ways and poses significant challenges to conservation in Hawaii. This place-based training is affiliated with the Hawaii Conservation Conference but does not require conference registration to participate.

  • Learn how climate, vegetation, and human activities create hazardous wildfire conditions
  • Learn how to apply and integrate fire-related resources and information through a problem-based learning exercise
  • Understand the challenges of integrating fire management and conservation objectives in the field.
  • Share your own experiences, ideas, and approaches to conservation as well as land and fire management."
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