Hawaii Forest Institute receives grant from foundation

  • HAWAII FOREST INSTITUTE photo Site manager Wilds Pihanui Brawner gives a planting demonstration at Ka‘upulehu Dryland Forest.

The Hawaii Community Foundation through its FLEX grants program recently awarded $15,000 to the Hawaii Forest Institute. HFI was awarded FLEX grant through the generosity of the Kuhio Community Fund and Arthur Lawrence Mullaly Fund.

Hawaii Community Foundation’s FLEX program supports high-performing nonprofits throughout the state that can demonstrate strengths in accountability, achievement of results and community connectedness.


“We are extremely grateful to the Hawaii Community Foundation, Kuhio Community Fund and Arthur Lawrence Mullaly Fund for supporting our mission of protecting and perpetuating Hawaii’s forests through restoration, education, information dissemination and support for scientific research,” said HFI Executive Director Heather Simmons.

The Kuhio Community Fund supports programs benefiting Hawaii Island, while the Arthur Lawrence Mullaly Fund supports programs benefiting West Hawaii. Grant funds will benefit HFI’s Hawaii Island efforts, including coordinating and administering:

• Dryland forest restoration and education programs at Ka‘upulehu Dryland Forest, Kalaemano Cultural Center, La‘i‘Opua Dryland Forest Preserve and Palamanui Dry Forest Preserve.


• Forest restoration and demonstration projects: Panaewa Zoo Discovery Forest, Keauhou Bird Conservation Center Discovery Forest, Skyline Eco-Adventures-Akaka Falls Demonstration Project and the Mid-to-Low Elevation Christmas Tree Demonstration Project.

For more information, contact Simmons at 933-9411 or email hfia@hawaiiforest.org.

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