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.
Cultural & ecological knowledge from community experts.
Hawaiʻi-based Documentaries (~25 min and up)
Shorts (~0-3 min) that get right to the point
Student-made videos about issues in Hawaiʻi
Our 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.
Carving with Nalu Andrade Kilo limu with Wally Ito
Caring for Kaʻena with William Aila, Jr
Lāʻau lapaʻau with Roddy Akau
These Hawaiʻi-based films take a deep dive into natural resources issues.
This 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.
The Rain Follows the Forest: Our native forests are our only source of fresh water.
Cliff 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. Saving Kiwikiu: This DLNR special follows biologists working to preserve the kiwikiu and its habitat. Endangered Forest Birds of Hawaiʻi
Lehua Island: Restoration of a Tropical Bird Paradise
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
Reflections on Kawainui Marsh Kaʻena Point Video Tour: Visit this Natural Area Reserve from home. Making Holiday Seed Paper Ornaments with Native Plants
Conservation Stories: Birds
Nēnē: A Recovery Story
Extraordinary Endangered Seabirds & Extraordinary Steps to Save Them Tracking the ʻAkiapōlāʻau
Conservation Stories: Snails & Insects
Native 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
Hear 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.
Hunters, 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.
When Camping in Hawaiʻi, Be Like Smokey! Keiki Can Help Smokey Prevent Wildfires! How Biocontrol Helps Hawaiʻi
Spot the Ant, Stop the Ant! Little Fire Ants: How to Collect a Sample The Rain Follows the Forest
Forestry & Wildlife sponsors the category “Forest Inspired” in the annual 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 forests.
ROD and the ʻŌhiʻa Tree
Winner (Elementary): Braeden Redira, Pearl City Highlands Elementary
Ka Nahele O Ka Mokupuni
Winner (Middle School): Chloe Liu, Mirah Levine, Leila Manibo, Sophia Tada, Kaimukī Middle School
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)
Riley De Mattos, Hawaiʻi Island Assistant Protection Forester
Alex Wang, Hawaiʻi Island Natural Area Reserve Specialist
Ande Buskirk, Hawaiʻi Island Outreach Specialist
Bret Nainoa Mossman, Hawaiʻi Island Avian Technician (DOFAW partner employed through UH Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit)
Dr. Elliott Parsons, Former Hawaiʻi Island Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Coordinator
Jason Flemming, Hawaiʻi Island Forestry Technician
Tyler Iaea, Natural Area Reserves Field Supervisor (DOFAW partner employed through UH Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit)
Kassandra Connor, Hawaiʻi Island Student Assistant (DOFAW partner employed through UH Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit)
Mapuana OʻSullivan, Kauaʻi Forest Management Supervisor
Chris Mottley, Kauaʻi Native Ecosystems Protection & Management Supervisor
Kawika Smith, Kauaʻi Nā Ala Hele Trails & Access Specialist
Kanoe Woodward, Field Technician, Kauaʻi Native Ecosystems Protection & Management
Fern Duvall, Former Maui NEPM Program Manager, Wildlife Biologist, and State Aviculturist
Betsy Gagne, Former Executive Secretary, Natural Area Reserves Commission