WKFR Draft 2

WKFR Draft 2

Home to mauka forests, rare species, and cultural resources, the Wai’anae Kai Forest Reserve spans over 2,300 acres of Waianae Valley and is managed by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) as part of the Forest Reserve System (FRS). This system accounts for nearly 684,000 acres of state-managed land across 55 forest reserves statewide. In addition to protecting, managing, restoring, and monitoring the natural resources of the FRS, DOFAW provides recreational and hunting opportunities; watershed restoration; native, threatened, and endangered species habitat protection and management; community stewardship opportunities; sustainable use of forest resources; cultural resources protection; and fire protection.

DOFAW staff meet with community members at a forest reserve.

Community Planning Process
To guide the future management of Wai’anae Kai Forest Reserve, DOFAW is launching a community planning process to collaboratively develop a management plan for the area. Through the planning process, DOFAW is committed to:

Recognize and honor community values through a collaborative management planning process for Wai’anae Kai Forest Reserve, that builds and strengthens the relationships between resources, land and its people to care for our home/islands – mālama i ka ‘āina.”



Discover Wai’anae Kai Forest Reserve
Discover the storied past, natural resources, and features and opportunities of the Forest Reserve by exploring the informational, thematic guides below. These visual guides include interactive maps, pictures, and interesting information, but that’s not the whole story. Community members and stakeholders are called to share stories, knowledge, ideas, and concerns. Share your story and connect with us.

Once considered the demographic, economic, religious, and political center of the Waiʻanae district, Waiʻanae Valley has a long rich history with settlement dating back to the 1100s. The valley faced dramatic change following population decline due to introduced diseases and emigration, and the rise of ranching and sugar mill operations. Waiʻanae Kai Forest Reserve was established in 1906 to re-establish forest cover and increasing local water supply. Dig deeper into the history of Wai’anae Kai.

From mauka to makai, Waiʻanae Valley is a rich historical, archaeological, and cultural landscape. In the lower portion of the Forest Reserve, much of this landscape is intact with ancient agricultural fields, house sites, traditional cultural places, and other historical resources. Learn more about the historical and cultural resources of the forest reserve.

Wai‘anae Kai FR is home to native and non-native wildlife including, birds, bats, and invertebrates, such as butterflies and snails. Several of these species, such as the Hawaiian hoary bat and native tree snails, are considered rare or endangered, threatened by invasive species, fire, and insects and disease. Discover more about Wai’anae Kai wildlife.

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