Funded Kaulunani Projects

Funded Kaulunani Projects

Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program Funded Project Spotlights



2021 Funded Projects

Organization:  Friends of Amy BH Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

Award amount:  $14,999

Project Title:  Roots and Shoots: Ulu for the Future

Category:  Education & Outreach

Location:  Hawai’i Island (Captain Cook)

Project Overview: This project advances food security and environmental sustainability through sharing ‘ulu saplings with families, training on propagation, and creating online vignettes and educational outreach. Our partnerships with Lili’uokalani Trust, B. P. Bishop Museum and supporting organizations are essential in addressing State Forest Action Plan priorities and community resiliency in challenging times.

About: Situated in historic Kealakekua ahupua‘a and overlooking the Bay, the 13-acre Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden mission supports Hawaiian cultural traditions of land use and plants, and conserves the plant resources of traditional Hawaiian cultural activities. The Garden contains over 200 native plant species, many of which are rare and endangered. Amy’s garden is planted in exactly the right place; a cornerstone of Kamehameha’s agricultural kingdom in the historic ahupua`a of Kealakekua.

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Organization:  Pop Up Labs for Sustainability (PULS)

Award amount:  $6,700

Project Title:  Building the Next Generation of Tree Stewards

Category:  Education & Outreach

Location:  Oahu

Project Overview: The goal is to build the next generation of Urban Tree Stewards. PULS will develop an action-oriented lesson plan, Become a Tree Hugger, which merges STEAM/sustainable learning, and brings it to four schools it is scheduled to visit in the 2020-21 academic year. Each participating school and student will “earn” trees to plant. The program will result in the cultivation of over 200 conservation-aware tree-planting stewards and over 240 trees planted.

About: The mission of PULS is to bridge STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts+design, and mathematics) and sustainable learning to help youth discover their potential in the field while inspiring commitment to protect our Earth among the next generation.

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Organization:  Kōkua Hawaii Foundation

Award amount:  $14,999

Project Title:  Kōkua Learning Farm: Promoting Urban, Community-based, Cultural & Regenerative Agroforestry

Category:  Tree Planting

Location:  Oahu (Hale’iwa)

Project Overview: This project creates a welcoming edible and native landscape sanctuary in the heart of Hale’iwa town. A diversity of backyard gardens, native tree plantings, and agroforestry zones will serve as demonstrations for the community, visitors, and schools and inspire them to take these ideas and implement them at their homes. 

About: The Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaiʻi.  Their mission is to provide students with experiences that will enhance their appreciation for and understanding of their environment so they will be lifelong stewards of the earth. “We believe our keiki are the seeds of change to preserving and protecting our beautiful islands.”

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Organization:  Hawaii Forest Institute

Award amount:  $8,979

Project Title:  Go Native: Growing a ‘Native Hawaiian Urban Forest’

Category:  Education & Outreach

Location:  Oahu

Project Overview: The “Go Native: Growing a ‘Native Hawaiian Urban Forest'” project aims to stimulate residents and businesses in urban areas to grow Native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plants, as well as to increase public awareness of the value and benefits of native plants including trees.

About: The mission of the Hawai`i Forest Institute is to promote the health and productivity of Hawaii’s forests through forest restoration, educational programs, information dissemination, and support for scientific research.

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Organization:  NiuNOW!, University of Hawaii, West Oahu

Award amount:  $14,999

Project Title:  Uluniu Project – Niu NOW!

Category:  Tree Planting

Location:  Leeward Oahu

Project Overview: The Uluniu Project at UH West Oʻahu gathered students, community members, educators, farmers, and scholars interested in Island food security, Indigenous knowledge, sustainability, economic diversity, climate change, health and healing, and cultural arts – around the niu (coconut). This project addresses food security and cultural revitalization within climate-change needs and conservation priorities with the focus on indigenous-based urban tropical agroforestry practices. We aim to help amplify how indigenous food practices and agroforestry best-practices are often similar.  In essence, the Uluniu Project practices cultural agroforestry for community empowerment.

About: Niu NOW! started as the Uluniu Project at the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu. They are an inspired ʻohana committed to reestablishing niu practices within Hawai’inuiākea. Kuʻu ʻāina aloha, our beloved natural world, ignites our passion for coconuts as food, art, mo’olelo, and cultural rejuvenation. Our ʻohana volunteers comprise niu knowledge holders, farmers, researchers, and aloha ʻāina practitioners.

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OrganizationMA’O Organic Farms

Award amount:  $4,500

Project Title:  Arboriculture Training and Green job Development Pathways for O’ahu Youth working in Community Forestry & Food Security

Category:  Education & Outreach

Project Overview: Proper tree maintenance is critical for gaining benefits from our Urban and Community Forests. On O’ahu there is a high demand for certified and qualified arborists that outpaces the supply, resulting in poor tree care. There is a need for more certified and qualified arborists dedicated to promoting community well-being. MA’O Farms, in partnership with Aloha Arborist Association, will add specialist instruction in tree care to their young farmer development program. We also expect that an increase in tree-care knowledge will result in increased yields for our food-bearing trees.

About: MAʻO Organic Farms is located in Lualualei Valley, home to the unique Lualualei vertisol soil series, abundant sunshine and a rich tradition of food production. Through the farm enterprise we train and mentor youth who work on the farm as interns and apprentices to become entrepreneurial community leaders. These youth co-manage the farm, growing and processing a wide variety of high quality organic fruits and vegetables sold to the community through farmer’s markets, a CSA subscription service, grocers, natural food stores and restaurants.

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Organization: Livable Hawaii Kai Hui

Award amount:  $13,410

Project Title:  Cultivating Community Roots through Citizen Forester Native Tree Planting

Category:  Tree Planting

Project Overview: There are two overall purposes of this project: 

Community Tree Planting and Stewardship: Demonstrate the practicality, aesthetic quality and cultural relevance of native Hawaiian dryland trees and shrubs in xeric areas of Honolulu and O’ahu by creating an easily accessible forest dryscape at Hawea Heiau Complex and Keawawa Wetland (Hawea/Keawawa) using native Hawaiian trees and shrubs once prevalent in the Maunalua region. 

Instill Urban Tree Values within Maunalua: Raise the awareness and knowledge of citizens, local government, schools, other non-profit organizations and service clubs with respect to the practical values (e.g., create a more livable environment, enhance the beauty of our neighborhoods, reduced water use, watershed improvement, flooding mitigation, fire management, cultural relevance, recreation) of using native Hawaiian dryland forest tree and shrub species to transform and improve the health of Maunalua landscapes, public and privately owned. 

About: Livable Hawaii Kai Hui is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan community organization serving East Honolulu, established in 2004. Officers and Directors are pro bono. They encourage grassroots organizing, believe in open dialogue and disclosure guaranteed under the Sunshine Law. They strive to promote sensible growth and respect for the land.

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Organization: Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi

Award amount:  $12,573

Project Title:  Hahai nō ka ua i ka ululāʻau – The rain follows the forest

Category:  Tree planting

Project Overview: This project will leverage an existing collaborative community agroforestry restoration project to increase education and outreach impact in a context appropriate for healthy social distancing.  This will involve: 1) enhancing and expanding existing outplant; 2) creating educational and community outreach videos; 3) creating an adaptive kilo (observation)-based management plan for the project.

About: Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi is a Heʻeia, O’ahu based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to perpetuate the cultural and spiritual practices of the Native Hawaiian people. Since 2010, Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi has been working to restore ecological and agricultural productivity to nearly a nearly 405-acre wetland landscape in the ahupuaʻa of Heʻeia.

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Organization:  Polyline LLC

Award amount:  $13,499

Project Title:
 Conceptual Design for Renovating Capitol Mall Corridor

Category:  Education & Outreach

Project Overview: Polyline Architecture + Urbanism completed a design vision study entitled “Eight Islands: Hawaii State Capitol Mall”, located in the open space and pedestrian area between the Hawaii State Capitol and the Iolani Palace, State Archive and Hawaii State Library. Ideas from earlier stakeholder meetings were further explored and designed. A graphic report and presentation with final drawings, renderings and narrative were presented on September 1, 2021.

The intent of the project is to re-envision the Capitol Mall area to address safety issues surrounding pedestrians and cyclists, while improving functionality, promote urban forestry, and thereby comfort and aesthetics of this important and representative public space.

About: Polyline is a design studio operating in the convergence of architecture, urbanism and landscape. Polylineʻs vision is to elevate the standard of creating beautiful, usable, resilient, and sustainable spaces for the users and the community to thrive.

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OrganizationUniversity of Hawaii, Manoa

Award amount:  $18,000

Project Title:  Symphony of the Hawaii Forests

Category:  Education & Outreach

Project Overview: The project is creating a curriculum and a new symphony consisting of music, animation, and hula, devoted to educating K-12 students of O‘ahu on the importance of trees through a multidisciplinary approach using both science and the arts.

About: Led by Takoma Itoh, UH Manoa composer who led Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds, Symphony of the Hawaii Forests aims to educate and inspire students.


Organization:  University of Hawaii, Manoa

Award amount:  $31,500

Project Title:  Raising Awareness of Albizia in Hawaii

Category:  Education & Outreach

Project Overview: This project aims to increase awareness of one of Hawaii’s most threatening invasive species, albizia trees (Falcataria moluccana). We will target O’ahu, Hawaii’s most populated and urbanized island and will develop a sharable model that will not only empower local communities to take action and remove invasive albizia trees from their neighborhoods, but can also be shared and applied across the nation and in other areas to galvanize local initiatives and show that community-driven control projects are an effective way to manage invasive species in urban and community forests.

About: Led by Koʻolau Mountain Watershed Partnership, this project is still in its early stages.

Organization:  City and County of Honolulu

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Project Title:  Native Plantings and Youth Education at Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden

Category:  Education & Outreach (Arbor Day Hawaii)

Project Overview: Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden (LBG), also known as Waikahalulu, is located in Nuʻuanu Valley in urban Honolulu. Waikahalulu was transferred to the City and County of Honolulu (City) in 1916. This project will plant native species at LBG with students from the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS) to supplement their existing environmental curriculum.

About: For the City and County of Honolulu (City), the Community Forestry Program aims to bridge the gap between the City and community on maintaining Oʻahu’s urban forest. The urban forest is an area where trees and people live together in the community and it is our mission to promote environmental sustainability, community stewardship, and tree education for the public. 

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Organization:  Trees for Honoluluʻs Future

Award amount:  $2,458.01

Project Title:  Kaimuki Arbor Day 2021 – A community growing trees together!

Category:  Education & Outreach (Arbor Day Hawaii)

Project Overview: Urban Honolulu is losing tree canopy. Budget cuts limit county agencies’ ability to plant on public lands. Leveraging Trees for Kaimuki partners we will: * Get site appropriate trees in the yards of residents * Build capacity by educating proper planting and care, teach vs just give * Track results, not just immediate, but one year hence.

About: Trees for Honolulu’s Future fulfills a critical function not currently provided by other public or private organizations related to our urban forest. They build bridges among public and private organizations and local communities by working in concert with and through them to accomplish mutual goals. 

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Organization:  Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development, Inc

Award amount:  $5,000

Project Title:   Kauai Arbor Day

Category:  Education & Outreach (Arbor Day Hawaii)

Project Overview: Kauai Arbor Day will offer free trees to the community of Kauai on November 6, 2021. This event enhances and strengthens Kauai’s beauty and overall island health.

About: Building community, leveraging human and natural resources through creating economic, social and environmental opportunity—this is the work of the Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. Its broad mission results in projects, workshops and programs, some of which spin off into viable entities of their own. 

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Organization:  ʻIolani School

Award amount:  $3,500

Project Title:  Treevia: A Trees of Hawaii Card Game for Youth and Their Families

Category:  Education & Outreach (Arbor Day Hawaii)

Project Overview: Trees in Hawai’i are valuable resources that are often underappreciated. We propose to create an engaging and educational card game about Hawai’i’s trees to inspire youth and their families to preserve, protect and appreciate this beautiful resource.

About: ‘Iolani School is a culturally diverse, co-educational, college preparatory school for more than 2,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade founded upon Christian values.

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Organization:  Ke Kula Nui O Waimānalo (KKNOW)

Award amount:

Project Title:  Waimānalo Celebrates Arbor Day 2021

Category:  Education & Outreach (Arbor Day Hawaii)

Project Overview: KKNOW will partner with the University of Hawaii CTAHR’s Waimanalo Learning Center to create a series of videos on tree propagation and care to be posted on-line. They will also distribute 100 ‘ulu trees and 100 dwarf coconuts at an educational event held November 5th and 6th at the Waimānalo Research station

About: Ke Kula Nui o Waimnalo is a grassroots community based non-profit 501(c)3 looking to help community become self-sustainable in every way. From the mountain to the sea, the `āina and kai can provide for the community as it did years ago.  The mission of KKNOW is to provide a community of practice through collaboration of Kānaka to promote strong and healthy ahupuaʻa.

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OrganizationMalama Learning Center

Award amount:  $5,000

Project Title:  Celebrating Trees in the Urban Aina of West Oahu

Category:  Education & Outreach (Arbor Day Hawaii)

Project Overview: This project invites West Oahu residents to plant trees in hands-on workshops, take home free trees, and shop at a pop-up store featuring tree-based products made by volunteers. The primary event led by Malama Learning Center will be held in Kunia and partner events will be held at two other sites in Waianae. A short companion video celebrating Arbor Day will be created and aired on television.

About: Mālama Learning Center is a non-profit organization that brings art, science, conservation, and culture together to promote sustainable living throughout Hawai‘i. They are located in West O‘ahu, in the city of Kapolei, offering our services primarily to communities from Waipahu to Wai’anae.  Mālama Learning Center is the result of a shared vision among educators, conservation groups, businesses, and community members to create an innovative learning center in Kapolei to promote healthy, sustainable living in an island environment.

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Organization:  Maui Nui Botanical Gardens Inc.

Award amount:  $5,000

Project Title:  Arbor Day Garden Expo and Hawaiian Tree Giveaway

Category:  Education & Outreach (Arbor Day Hawaii)

Project Overview: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens’ Arbor Day Garden Expo and Tree Giveaway has the goals of increasing urban tree cover in residential areas in Maui, encouraging Maui residents to value native Hawaiian trees, and promoting best tree care practices for urban landscapes.

About: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens (MNBG) is dedicated to the protection of Maui Nui’s rich native plants and cultural heritage. By collecting, cultivating, and distributing native and Polynesian-introduced plants MNBG provides people with a gathering place to see and understand the important relationship these plants have to our economic, social, and cultural livelihoods.

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2020 Funded Projects

Canoe Plant Tree Giveaways for the Health & Resiliency of the Lahui

The purpose of this project is to provide traditional canoe plant trees to be used as a food source to those within the Department of Hawaiian Homelands and Kanaka Maoli communities across two islands. We aim to provide access to, and education of, various canoe plant trees intended to build upon community and environmental health, well being, resiliency, and food security for Kaua‘i and Moloka‘iʻs futures. 

Mālama Kaua‘i (MK) was founded in 2006 as a community-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that focuses on advocating, educating, and driving action towards a sustainable Kauaʻi. This project is a collaborative effort brought forth from the Hawai‘i Good Food Alliance (HGFA). HGFA is a state-wide diverse Hui of organizations and leaders working collectively to re-build thriving community food systems as a foundation for health and social justice.


Forest Therapy Hawaiʻi

The purpose of this project is to connect people with the natural environment and promote wellness. The project will scout trails and develop partnerships for ongoing forest therapy experiences, launch an outreach and awareness campaign,  facilitate nature walks, and develop a network of forest therapy advocates to share this well-being practice with their networks.

Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society (HPGS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of Hawaii’s older adults. Founded in 1979, HPGS promotes the understanding of the aging process, supportive services, and legislation that help people age with dignity and grace. 


The 9th Annual Wiliwili Festival

The purpose of the Wiliwili Festival is to connect people with place and to raise awareness about the importance of native trees in our environment and in our community. Through activities, presentations, forest tours, and workshops, we aim to provide resources and opportunities for our community to become better stewards of our island’s unique environment. The Wiliwili Festival has grown to become an anticipated event in our community and is a great place to share information with the public regarding Hawaii’s trees, the challenges facing our forests, and conservation efforts in our community.

The Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative is a local non-profit founded in 2011 to protect, promote, and restore native Hawaiian dry forest. Since then, we have been working to conserve native forest species through land management at the Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve, community outreach, and education.


Project Treehooo!

Project Treehooo! will inspire Oʻahu residents to preserve and plant trees on their properties and give them the resources they need to take action. Radio PSAs, a strong website and instagram and an Earth Day Treehooo! Celebration is the cornerstone of the project. Our goal is to inspire the people of Hawaiʻi to care for and plant trees around their homes.  Project Treehooo! will invite community members to follow along to celebrate our urban trees, and for tips and resources to help your own neighborhood forest thrive.

Paiko is a botanical boutique, located in Kakaʻako since 2012. Our mission is to bring life to Honolulu’s spaces and homes through the beauty of plants and flowers. We offer select indoor plants, flowers, lei, objects and workshops, with an emphasis on locally and responsibly sourced plants, and local artists. Paiko is known for its beautiful branding and social media presence, and has received worldwide media attention.



“Da Tree,” an original production

Trees For Honolulu’s Future will contract with Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) to produce a theatrical Treatment. HTY will convince focus groups of community groups, scientists, educators as well as ensemble of actors, writers, directors, and composers to explore themes that will result in an original plan designed to educate the audience about the benefits of trees and how they make.a difference. 

Trees for Honolulu’s Future’s (TFHF) vision is an appropriately tree-filled island that preserves and enhances our quality of life, especially in the face of climate change. We do this through: 1) educating people about the benefit of trees; 2) facilitating planning, planting and maintenance of trees; and 3) coordinating endeavors of public, private, and nonprofit entities.


Native Community Forest on Watershed of Hamakua Marsh

The purpose of this project is for school students and diverse adult community groups to participate in year five of planting and maintenance of a native forest on the watershed of Hamakua State Wildlife Sanctuary. During the implementation, education about climate change and the benefits of trees will be provided onsite and, for participating schools, will be linked to workshops and science curriculum. 

Healthy Climate Communities (HCC) seeks to empower Hawaiʻi residents to slow climate change through education and community action.

Kauaʻi Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Each year, this annual Arbor Day project educates and informs the community on the importance of maintaining and promoting urban forestry as well as protecting Kauai’s ecosystems. Certified Arborists, Landscape Industry Certified Technicians (LICT), native plant experts, and landscaping professionals help answer questions during their tree giveaway events.

The Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. builds community, leverages human and natural resources through creating economic, social and environmental opportunity. Its broad mission results in projects, workshops and programs, some of which spin off into viable entities of their own.


Oʻahu Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

The purpose of this project is to continue the service of growing trees for Arbor Day Hawaiʻi tree giveaways on Oʻahu. This year Hi’ipaka plans to support five giveaway sites with a total of 2,000 trees and shrubs in observance of Arbor Day in November.

Hi’ipaka LLC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to nurture and care for Waimea Valley and holds the title to the land. The Valley was purchased by a partnership between the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the City and County of Honolulu, the Hawaii State Department of Land Natural Resources, Trust for Public Land, and the United States Army.


Maui Arbor Day 1,000 Hawaiian Tree Give-away

As it does each year, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will distribute 1,000 native Hawaiian and Polynesian introduced trees, provide educational activities, and host demonstrations to promote the environmental and cultural value of Hawaiian trees, increase urban tree cover, and promote best tree care practices.

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation and understanding of Maui Nui’s plants and their role in Hawaiian cultural expression by providing a gathering place for discovery, education, and conservation.


2019 Funded Projects

Project Title: Tree Care Guidelines and BMPs for Manu-o-Ku Nesting Sites

Project Funding Year: 2019

Project Lead: The Aloha Arborist Association

Project Webpage: AAA Tree Care near Manu o Ku 

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The purpose of this project is to develop guidelines and best management practices for tree care near legally protected manu-o-Kū nesting sites. Manu- o-Kū (Gygis alba) have over 1,400 documented nest sites in nearly one thousand trees in urban and suburban Honolulu. At the same time, urban forestry and arboriculture professionals are insufficiently informed about the current existing guidance for the care of MOK nest trees and tree care activities around nesting sites. This project will produce a published and comprehensive set of standards for tree pruning and other tree care activities to effectively work with wildlife in general. These guidelines will be communicated to the arboriculture and urban forestry communities, and to the broader community, via training, access to printed materials, and broadcasting via internet-based platforms.

The Aloha Arborist Association (AAA) is a statewide organization of tree care professionals and private citizens concerned for trees and their environment. Since 1976, AAA has strived to educate the tree care industry and the public about proper tree care. 


Project Title: Children’s Picture Book About Urban Forestry and Green Spaces

Project Funding Year: 2019

Project Lead: Blue Zones Project and Washington Middle School

Oli Would Grow is a fun children’s book exploring our food stories and the many ways in which trees, plants, farms, and gardens can help us increase access to local produce.

Virtual Storytime hosted by Honolulu Magazine featuring Grace Monaco.  Oli Would Grow was written by ‘Iolani 9th grader Grace Monaco, Roosevelt High School 9th grader Kayla Sells, ‘Iolani School sustainability coordinator Debbie Millikan, Washington Middle School English teacher Jennifer Wurthner, and Colby Takeda of Blue Zones Project Hawai‘i; Illustrations by Jamie Meckel Tablason.  100% of book proceeds are being donated to the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui.

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Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier in Hawaii. With demonstration sites across our islands, Blue Zone Project works with worksites, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and faith-based organizations to transform our state into an even better place to live, work, play, pray, and learn. Washington Middle School is an exceptional learning center in the heart of Honolulu.


Project Title: Community Engagement Plan and Marketing Concept

Project Funding Year: 2019

Project Lead: Stephanie Chang Design Ink 

This project intends to develop the creation of a community engagement plan and marketing concept (key image and tagline) to support growth of our urban tree canopy to 35% by 2035. The plan will identify memorable and effective ways to engage key audiences which will serve to execute on some of the Initiative’s action steps.

Stephanie Chang Design Ink creates “strategic design that delights” for Hawaii’s community-based organizations devoted to social innovation, sustainability, and public interest. We work at the intersection of user-centered design, community engagement and strategy to produce award winning solutions. 


Project Title: Halau Ohia Environmental Stewardship Training for Oahu

Project Funding Year: 2019

Project Lead: Lonoa Honua LLC

The purpose of this project is to meet the needs of resource manager professionals on Oʻahu who have requested such a training to enhance their understanding of and ability to: steward natural resources and connections to those resources, to strengthen their relationships to the community who cares for Hawaiʻi (both professionals and the broader community), and to strengthen their personal relationships with the places they care for, which ultimately strengthens the work they do in those places.

Lonoa Honua LLC, founded by Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani, focuses on teaching all levels of youth and adult learners from a variety of professions, how to connect deeply to our landscapes through Hawaiian language and culture, Hawaiʻi-ecology, chant, and hula.


Project Title: Kunia Community Forest Development Project

Project Funding Year: 2019

Project Lead: The Kunia Village Development Corporation 

The purpose of this project is to contract a landscape architect to formulate a plan for the Kunia Village Urban Forestry Development. Subsequently, the plan will be put into place with tree planting and other landscape development. The long-term maintenance of the plantings as developed in the plan is assured by the existing established Village landscaping maintenance and the continuing volunteer community days. 

The Kunia Village Development Corporation is a 501(c)(3) organization and a subsidiary of Hawaii Agriculture Research Center, established to manage the development of Kunia Village 


Project Title: Maunalua Region Urban Forestry Planting

Project Funding Year: 2019

Project Lead: Malama Maunalua

The project’s purpose is to facilitate the planting of trees in the Maunalua Bay region to sequester carbon, minimize stormwater runoff, educate the community on the importance of trees and runoff reduction, and foster entrepreneurial initiatives in youth. Due to the size of the Maunalua Bay region, the project team will focus on the Wailupe area as a proof of concept. While we will focus initially on the Wailupe watershed, should challenges be present that warrant moving or broadening our geographic scope, the project team will do so with notification to the appropriate partners and funders.

Malama Maunalua (MM) was formed in 2006 with a vision to create A Maunalua Bay where marine life is abundant, the water is clean and clear, and people take kuleana in caring for the Bay. In pursuit of that vision, MM has created a suite of programs that are terrestrial and marine focused.


Project Title: Project Lemon Tree

Project Funding Year: 2019

Project Lead: Bizgenics Foundation

Project Lemon Tree provides project-based learning opportunities for students grades K-12 by providing lemon trees to schools. The trees are supported by common-core aligned workbook curricula to teach students about food sustainability, the importance of ecology, and proper agricultural practices to grow, maintain trees and learn skills such as grafting.

Bizgenics Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the disadvantaged, particularly low-income and disenfranchised youth, to achieve positive legacy through business.


Project Title: Re-Tree Hawaiʻi!

Project Funding Year: 2019

Project Lead: West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District 

Through five “Re-Tree Hawai‘i!” workshops and a Guidelines for Excellence: Community Engagement workshop, West Oahu SWCD will implement urban forestry education for residents and community leaders to perpetuate the value of urban forestry for soil and water conservation, community well-being, agriculture awareness, and climate change mitigation.

West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) coordinates and facilitates partners and governmental agencies in identifying and implementing projects and practices to assure the protection of Hawaii’s environment. 


Project Title: Ulu La’au Uluwehiwehi (ULU)

Project Funding Year: 2019

Project Lead: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Ulu Lāʻau Uluwehiwehi (ULU) is a culture-grounded native forest restoration project focused on growing traditional ethnobotanical knowledge and associated well-being through direct hands-on learning experiences.

Located at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani (KHʻUOK) College of Hawaiian Language is the capstone partner in a P-20 (preschool to doctorate level) Hawaiian medium education system. The college integrates Hawaiian language, culture and traditional knowledge in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree programs in Hawaiian language, Hawaiian studies, Hawaiian medium teacher preparation, Hawaiian literature, and international indigenous language revitalization.

20 years of Kaulunani Accomplishments, 1993 – 2013.

Document highlighting 20 years of Accomplishments. Click to download the PDF document


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