Forest Legacy Projects

Forest Legacy Projects

Interactive map of completed projects:

Current Forest Legacy Program Projects

Haloa ʻAina
Location: South Kona, Hawaiʻi Island
Size: 2,780 acres
Type: Conservation Easement (funded, pending acquisition)
Summary: A conservation easement at Haloa ʻAina will ensure the protection of rare montane tropical dry forest. Sandalwood is also being naturally regenerated using innovative, sustainable forest management. The project connects over 400,000 acres of managed forest, including two FLP projects and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.


Na Wai ʻEha
Location: Wailuku, Maui
Size: 6,558 acres
Type: Fee Acquisition (funded, pending acquisition)
Summary: The fee purchase of Na Wai Eha will ensure protection of forested watershed, stream flow for aquatic species and traditional farming species, endangered species habitat, recreation areas, and aquifer recharge for central Maui’s booming population. 


Completed Forest Legacy Program Projects

Kamehamenui Forest
Location: Kula, Maui
Size: 3,433 acres
Type: Fee Acquisition (completed 2020)
Summary: Acquisition will enhance high priority watersheds, protect native forest and sub-alpine ecosystems, preserve endangered wildlife habitat, and increase public recreation and other forest management opportunities. This forest will be added to the Forest Reserve System and a comprehensive management plan will be developed.


Helemano Wilderness Area
Location: Central Oʻahu
Size: 2,882 acres
Type: Fee Acquisition (completed 2018)
Summary: This acquisition secures critical watershed, protects native habitat, and expands recreational and forest management opportunities by preventing forest conversion to development or agriculture. HWA will be added to the Forest Reserve System and a comprehensive management plan will be developed. 


Ka‘awaloa Hawaiian Forest
Location: South Kona, Hawaiʻi Island
Size: 1,000 acres
Type: Conservation Easement (completed 2015)
Summary: This conservation easement protects rare native rainforest on the slopes of Mauna Loa Volcano, preserves habitat for endangered species, and safeguards water quality. This forest also connects the adjacent Kealakekua FLP project and the State’s Onouli Forest; creating a vast area of contiguous protected forest. 


Kealakekua Mountain Reserve
Location: South Kona, Hawaiʻi Island
Size: 9,000 acres
Type: Conservation Easement (completed 2011)
Summary: Once a former ranch, this easement protects a variety of native forest types and species, including Hawaiian sandalwood. Native forest restoration is underway, supported by reforestation efforts and sustainable harvesting of sandalwood.



Location: South Kona, Hawaiʻi Island
Size: 6.271 acres
Type: Conservation Easement (completed 2008)

Kapua Parcel
Location: South Kona, Hawaiʻi Island
Size: 1,800 acres
Type: Conservation Easement (completed 2003)

Summary: The Papa/Honomalino and Kapua conservation easements are part of the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii’s Kona Hema Preserve, a diverse mosaic of mid-elevation koa- ʻōhiʻa forest stands. These forests are habitat for endemic forest birds and are key link in the long-term protection of the forests in South Kona. To learn more, click here.


McCandless Ranch (Kahuku Lots)
Location: South Kona, Hawaiʻi Island
Size: 1,800 acres
Type: Conservation Easement (completed 2007)
Summary: McCandless Ranch, now part of U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Hakalau Refuge Kona Unit, is on the southwest slope of Mauna Loa. The property contains some of Hawaii’s most intact remaining native forest and provides habitat for numerous endangered species. To learn more, click here.


Wao Kele O Puna
Location: Puna, Hawaiʻi Island
Size: 25,856 acres
Type: Fee acquisition (completed 2006)
Summary: Wao Kele O Puna, now owned by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), contains one of the largest intact lowland native forests that serves  as a critical seed bank for forest regeneration of the barren lava flows. For OHA, the property provides an opportunity to contribute to the protection of Hawaiʻi’s natural and cultural resources. To learn more, click here.