Aloha Oʻahu Forest Users!

Oʻahu’s trails and many of its natural areas are managed by the Oʻahu Branch of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR DOFAW) on behalf of the public. This website is a companion to the statewide Forestry & Wildlife website that provides information specifically for forest users on Oʻahu. Please use the links below to find information on Oʻahu recreation opportunities and the places, species, and issues with which we work. E mālama kākou i ka ‘āina.

Explore Outdoors

While some of the areas that Forestry & Wildlife manages on Oʻahu are restricted access in order to protect our at-risk species & ecosystems, many of the lands we manage can be experienced in person through hiking, riding on equestrian or off-highway vehicle trails, camping, or other uses. Depending on the area and the activities you plan to engage in, you may need a permit. If you’d like to find resources near you, use our web map at the bottom of this page.

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Engage with Us

When interacting with lands and species managed by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, you’ll need to follow our administrative rules, and you may need a permit depending on where you’re going and the activities you plan to engage in. You can contact us for more information, and we also encourage residents and visitors to provide feedback and participate in the process of management. You can attend or read documents from the public meetings of boards, committees, commissions, and councils managed by Forestry & Wildlife staff, and you can also comment on proposed policies.

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Learn About Our Work on Oʻahu

We are fortunate to be entrusted with the management of some of the world’s most fascinating, unique species, and to work in and manage areas that are truly special. The links below provide educational information about some of the species and places with which we work. You can find more ways to learn on our Education pages.

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Find Reserves and Trails Near You

Use the web map below to find reserves, trails, and campsites in areas that interest you. Click on any feature in the map and if we have more information about that feature, you’ll see a link to that information on our websites. For convenience, the map below shows Forestry & Wildlife resources alongside State Parks and other public areas that aren’t managed by DOFAW, but may be of interest to you. As always, if you find an area you’re interested in exploring, check whether it is open for access and whether you need a permit for the activities you have in mind. If the embedded map below doesn’t display correctly, try opening it fullscreen.

Recent Announcements

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Volunteer in November! Kawainui Marsh Workdays

We have two upcoming volunteer workdays in November! Come help us create waterbird habitat by removing invasive weeds on November 6th. Or join us the next Saturday, November 13th to help plant native sedges near… Read More »

2021 – 2022 Game Bird Hunting Season Opens on November 6th

The 2021-2022 Game Bird Hunting Season opens on Saturday, November 6, 2021. This fall game bird hunting season will run through Sunday, January 30, 2022. To comply with federal mandates, including the Migratory Bird Treaty… Read More »

From the Field: ʻUki Transplanting in Kaʻala Natural Area Reserve

Although there isn’t a lot of construction going on around our sites, we recently moved some ʻuki, Machaerina angustifolia from an area where a water catchment is to be set up. Transplanting – or replanting… Read More »

Seabird Fallout Season: September thru December

  What is Seabird Fallout? Fallout is a phenomenon primarily affecting young seabirds (petrels and shearwaters) that leave their nest for the first time, but can also affect adults from time to time. These seabirds… Read More »