Tree City USA and Tree Campus Program

Tree City USA and Tree Campus Program

Tree City USA is a national program from the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The program has been greening cities and towns across the United States since 1976.

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Tree City Communities

The state of Hawaiʻi has been proudly participating in the program since the first year with our first community, Maui joining in 1976. Today, Hawaiʻi boosts ten Tree City USAs. We continue to grow and are happy to welcome new communities each year. The program provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. 

Maui, 1976

Maui is our longest running Tree City USA community. 

City and County of Honolulu, 1980

Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam, 1998

 Schofield Barracks, 2008

 Aliamanu Military Reservation, 2011

 Helemano Military Reservation, 2011

 Fort Shafter, 2011

 Wheeler Army Airfield, 2011

Wheeler Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day Celebration at Wheeler Army Airfield in 2017

 Mililani Town, 2018

Image of Mililani Town Tree City USA celebration

2018 Tree City USA celebration for Mililani Town

 Ohana Military Communities, Navy 2018

Ohana Military Communities, MCBH 2020

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Welcoming Ohana Military Communities to the Tree City USA Program in 2018


Tree Campus Communities

The Tree Campus Higher Education program is also from the Arbor Day Foundation and allows colleges and universities join the national program! This program helps them establish and sustain healthy community forests. Tree Campus are required to meet the same standards as Tree City USA communities with an additional Service Learning Project aimed at engaging the student body. 

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2008

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was honored with the 2019 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management

Windward Community College, 2019

Kapiʻolani Community College, 2019




Does your community have what it takes to become a Tree City USA? 

Tree City USA cities are required to establish:

(1) a Tree Board or Department,

(2) a Community Tree Ordinance,

(3) a Community Forestry Program with a minimum of at least $2USD per capita, and

(4) an Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation.

Applications are due each December 31st. Learn more on Arbor Day Foundation’s website. 

Reach out to Kaulunani Staff to start your application!