Learn about species, places, and more

Learn about species, places, and more

If you’re interested in learning more about a particular place, species, or topic, DOFAW provides a number of ways to get more information online. The links below will connect you to webpages, interactive PDFs, or ESRI StoryMaps where you can learn more about what interests you. StoryMaps are a lot like webpages, but they’re built with more options to include interactive webmaps and multimedia. 

Meet the Species

The links below will guide you to species profile pages and fact sheets for Hawaiʻi’s native plants and animals, as well as some of the non-native, invasive species that put Hawaiʻi’s ecosystems, agriculture, and way of life at risk.

An image of an iʻiwi linking to a page on Hawaiʻi's native birds
An image of a ʻŌpeʻapeʻa

An image of a kāhuli
An image of a Drypoteris plant linking to rare plant species profile pages
An image of a Jackson's Chameleon linking to invasive species profiles


Conservation Topics

Take a deep dive into topics that matter for Hawaiʻi’s species and ecosystems. Learn about wetland hydrology, how watersheds work, the importance of ʻōhiʻa, and more.

An image of a wetland an bird linking to a StoryMap on wetlands in HawaiʻiWhat is a wetland, and how does it work? Explore Hawaiʻi’s wetlands, mauka to makai.
An image of a waterfall linking to an educational page about watershedsWhat is a watershed, and why are they important?
An image of an ohia tree linking to more info on ohiaLearn about ʻōhiʻa, its cultural importance, and the threat of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.
An image of a kāhuli linking to an educational page about kāhuliMusic, place names, and legends feature Hawaiʻi’s tree snails.
An image of Christmas berry linking to a storymap on Christmas berry biocontrolLearn about a tool that could keep Christmas berry, an invasive plant, in balance.
An image of albizia trees along a road linking to a storymap on albiziaAlbizia trees are a huge problem for Hawaiʻi. Learn more in this StoryMap.

Hawaiʻi’s Special Places

Learn more about the areas we manage by exploring the stories of a particular place. DOFAW manages over one million acres of public land on behalf of Hawaiʻi’s people, and sharing information about these places is very important to us. For that reason, we have multiple ways for you to learn about Hawaiʻi’s special places online:

  • Place Pages, which are traditional webpages that provide information about DOFAW’s managed areas. You can find these on our pages for Forest Reserves, Natural Area Reserves, and Wildlife Sanctuaries.
  • Esri StoryMaps, which are like webpages but are more designed for online learning. StoryMaps are visual and engaging, mixing text with maps and multimedia. You can find those below, organized by island.
  • Videos and Virtual Tours, which are fun ways to learn remotely about Hawaiʻiʻs natural and cultural resources. These are designed to be less information-dense and more experiential. You can find these on our Videos page and our Virtual Tours page.
Kauaʻi StoryMaps
An image of Lehua island linking to a Lehua storymap
Oʻahu StoryMaps
An image of Kawainui Marsh linking to a StoryMap
An image of Hāmākua Marsh linking to a StoryMap

Maui Nui StoryMaps

Maui StoryMaps coming soon

Hawaiʻi Island StoryMaps

Hawaiʻi Island StoryMaps coming soon