In the mood to watch something educational? Video can be a great way to learn about Hawai‘i’s unique natural resources, and to see people and places that you might otherwise not have a chance to see. Our videos are organized into categories below so you can find what interests you.


Video Categories

An image of carved bowlsCultural & ecological knowledge from community experts.

An image of ʻōhiʻa lehuaHawaiʻi-based Documentaries (~25 min and up)

An image of a nēnē linking to videos about conservation storiesStories (~4-15 min) exploring forests, birds, snails & insects, and hunting.

An image of Smokey Bear and staff in a public service announcementShorts (~0-3 min) that get right to the point

A student drawing of an ʻōhiʻa treeStudent-made videos about issues in Hawaiʻi

An image of people working in the forestOur staff are people who care and are part of the communities we serve


ʻIke Kaiāulu: Community Knowledge

This video series aims to provide cultural context about some of the species and places with which we work. Hear from community members who are experts in cultural practices and/or have a special connection to place.

A thumbnail of Nalu AndradeCarving with Nalu Andrade

A thumbnail of Wally ItoKilo limu with Wally Ito

A thumbnail of William Aila JrCaring for Kaʻena with William Aila, Jr
A thumbnail of Roddy AkauLāʻau lapaʻau with Roddy Akau



These Hawaiʻi-based films take a deep dive into natural resources issues.

A thumbnail with palms and snailsThis triple-feature from the PBS Pacific Heartbeat Series includes three short documentaries: Kumu Niu, the award-winning Kāhuli, and After the Endling
Saving ʻŌhiʻa: This Emmy-Award-winning film from CGAPS & Club Sullivan explores the importance of ‘ōhi‘a and the impact of Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death.Column content
The Rain Follows the Forest: Our native forests are our only source of fresh water.
An image of two botanists rappellingCliff Dwellers of Kaua’i, and the People who Hang with Them: This DLNR special highlights the lengths (and heights) botanists go to protect our rarest plants.
An image of a kiwikiuSaving Kiwikiu: This DLNR special follows biologists working to preserve the kiwikiu and its habitat.
Video: Endangered Forest Birds of HawaiʻiEndangered Forest Birds of Hawaiʻi
Lehua Island: Restoration of a Tropical Bird Paradise


Conservation Stories

Our stories feature projects and people who help protect natural resources in Hawaiʻi. Explore below or use these links to jump directly to stories about forests, plants & natural areas, birds, snails & insects, and hunting.


Conservation Stories: Forests, Plants, and Natural Areas

Forests for Life: This 12-part series with KHON2 explores how forests support life in Hawaiʻi, and how we work to support forests. Topics include forest birds, culture, hunting, agroforestry, erosion, fire, flooding, climate change, and more.
A thumbnail for the video Behind the lines at a Hawaiʻi WildfireBehind the Scenes of a Hawaiʻi Wildfire
An image of HaleakalāRebuilding the Mauna Lei of Haleakalā: Linking restoration projects in east Maui
Reflections on Kawainui Marsh
An image of Kaʻena PointKaʻena Point Video Tour: Visit this Natural Area Reserve from home.
Video Thumbnail for Holiday Seed Paper OrnamentsMaking Holiday Seed Paper Ornaments with Native Plants


Conservation Stories: Birds

An image of a nēnēNēnē: A Recovery Story
Video: Extraordinary Endangered Seabirds and Extraordinary Steps to Save ThemExtraordinary Endangered Seabirds & Extraordinary Steps to Save Them
Tracking the ʻAkiapōlāʻau


Conservation Stories: Snails & Insects

Video thumbnail for Yellow-faced bees at KaʻenaNative yellow-faced bees get a new home at Kaʻena Point
Protecting the Kāhuli, Hawaiʻi’s Endangered Tree Snails
Protecting the Kamehameha Butterfly
Damsels in Distress: Hawaiʻi’s Native Damselflies
The Butterfly Effect: Releasing Kamehameha Butterlies


Conservation Stories: Hunting

An image of a pheasant linking to a video of a game bird releaseHear from staff and volunteer hunters who manage the put-and-take game bird system at Kuaokalā.
Learn about Outerspatial, the app Hawaiʻi hunters can use to check-in and report harvest data.
A surveyor for game birds on Mauna KeaHunters, staff, and researchers work together to survey game bird populations.


Shorts: Public Service Announcements

Our short, 1-3min videos make sure you get just the info you need to safely enjoy nature in Hawaiʻi.

Video Thumbnail for When Camping in Hawaii Be Like SmokeyWhen Camping in Hawaiʻi, Be Like Smokey!
Video thumbnail for Keiki Smokey PSAKeiki Can Help Smokey Prevent Wildfires!
Video thumbnail for How Biocontrol helps HawaiiHow Biocontrol Helps Hawaiʻi
Spot the Ant, Stop the Ant!
Video thumbnail for Little Fire Ant collection instructionsLittle Fire Ants: How to Collect a Sample
An image of native forestThe Rain Follows the Forest
An image of a PalilaProtecting Palila:


Student Videos

Forestry & Wildlife sponsors a category each year in the Youth XChange Student Video Competition coordinated by ʻŌlelo Community Media. The videos below were created by local students to describe how they are inspired by Hawaiʻi’s environment.

Showcase: Makahiki o Nā Manu Nahele (Year of the Forest Birds): Twenty-four student groups across Hawaiʻi submitted videos to our 2024 contest for Makahiki o Nā Manu Nahele, the Year of the Forest Birds. Elementary, middle, and high school students used homemade bird puppets, original animations, moʻolelo, and other tools to share their thoughts about the importance of Hawaiian forest birds. Learn about our manu and the threats they face, directly from Hawaiʻi’s keiki.

Video thumbnail for ROD and the ʻŌhia Tree

ROD and the ʻŌhiʻa Tree

Winner (Elementary): Braeden Redira, Pearl City Highlands Elementary

Video thumbnail of artwork inspired by forests

Ka Nahele O Ka Mokupuni

Winner (Middle School): Chloe Liu, Mirah Levine, Leila Manibo, Sophia Tada, Kaimukī Middle School

Video thumbnail for Ola Kākou I Ka ʻĀina

Ola Kākou I Ka ʻĀina

Winner (High School): Anuhea Vida, Kamehameha Schools Maui

Meet the People of Forestry & Wildlife

Who works at Forestry and Wildlife, and why do they choose to work here? Our staff are just like you: they’re people who care about Hawai‘i and are trying to help maintain and enhance the natural resources that make Hawai‘i a special place. If you’re interested in interning or working with us, or you’re just curious about what we do, watch the videos below to meet some our staff, hear about their work, why they do it, and their advice to anyone considering working in this field. You can learn more on our About Us page.

Emma Yuen, Statewide Program Manager, Native Ecosystems Protection & Management
Tiana Bolosan, Wildlife Biologist, O‘ahu Offshore Islands
Nick Vargas, O‘ahu Game Biologist
Jared Char, O‘ahu Natural Area Reserves Specialist
Pua Heimuli, O‘ahu Outreach Associate (DOFAW partner employed through UH Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit)
A thumbnail of the video Riley De Mattos Hawaiʻi Island Assistant Protection ForesterRiley De Mattos, Hawaiʻi Island Assistant Protection Forester
A thumbnail for the video Alex Wang Hawaiʻi Island Natural Area Reserve SpecialistAlex Wang, Hawaiʻi Island Natural Area Reserve Specialist
A thumbnail for the video Ande Buskirk Hawaiʻi Island Outreach Specialist
Ande Buskirk, Hawaiʻi Island Outreach Specialist
A thumbnail for the video Bret Nainoa Mossman Hawaiʻi Island Avian TechnicianBret Nainoa Mossman, Hawaiʻi Island Avian Technician (DOFAW partner employed through UH Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit)
A Thumbnail for the video Dr. Elliott Parsons Hawaiʻi Island Puʻu Waʻawaʻa CoordinatorDr. Elliott Parsons, Former Hawaiʻi Island Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Coordinator
A thumbnail for the video Jason Flemming Hawaiʻi Island Forestry TechnicianJason Flemming, Hawaiʻi Island Forestry Technician
A thumbnail linking to a video on Tyler Iaea Hawaiʻi Island NARS Field SupervisorTyler Iaea, Natural Area Reserves Field Supervisor (DOFAW partner employed through UH Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit)
A thumbnail for the video Kassandra Connor Hawaiʻi Island Student AssistantKassandra Connor, Hawaiʻi Island Student Assistant (DOFAW partner employed through UH Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit)
An image of DOFAW staffMapuana OʻSullivan, Kauaʻi Forest Management Supervisor
An image of DOFAW staffChris Mottley, Kauaʻi Native Ecosystems Protection & Management Supervisor
An image of DOFAW staffKawika Smith, Kauaʻi Nā Ala Hele Trails & Access Specialist
An image of DOFAW staffKanoe Woodward, Field Technician, Kauaʻi Native Ecosystems Protection & Management
An image of Fern Duvall with an ʻalalāFern Duvall, Former Maui NEPM Program Manager, Wildlife Biologist, and State Aviculturist
A thumbnail for the video In Memory of Betsy Harrison GagneBetsy Gagne, Former Executive Secretary, Natural Area Reserves Commission