Lands & Management Classifications
The Division of Forestry and Wildlife manages over a million acres across Hawaiʻi, which is roughly 25% of the land area in the state. To manage different types of lands for different purposes, the State designates the lands we manage as Forest Reserves, Natural Area Reserves, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Game Management Areas, and more. You can use the links below to learn about each type of designation and find pages about specific areas.
Alternatively, you can use the web map below to explore lands on the main Hawaiian Islands that are managed by Forestry and Wildlife on behalf of the public. Click on any parcel to open a pop-up with its name and information. If we have a web page for that parcel, a link will appear in the pop-up under “Area Webpage.” Click on any reserve or trail for more information. If the web map does not display properly, try opening it fullscreen.
DOFAW has a broad mandate to enhance, protect, conserve and manage natural and cultural resources, and to promote forest products development, recreational hunting, hiking, and other activities. The lands we manage are varied in their resources and potential uses: some lands may be best suited for native species management or habitat restoration, while other lands may be better suited for forest products management or for recreational use. Forestry & Wildlife staff have developed a set of management classifications to help guide discussions about the most appropriate management goals for a given area. Based on resources and potential uses, DOFAW-managed areas across the state have been identified as being high (1) to low (4) priority for management activities in the areas below. You can click on any of the management classification types to see the details of what constitutes a high or lower priority score within that management type.
Expand the sections below to learn about the classification systems DOFAW uses to discuss management priorities across different land use types. Each section contains a rubric detailing classification metrics, and a statewide map featuring that classification.