The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is planting a native forest on Hawai’i Island. Located on the slopes of Mauna Kea, this historic site was once a majestic koa forest and the personal property of King Kamehameha, the 1st King of Hawai’i. Sadly the land was cleared nearly a century ago to make room for farming and ranching. Fortunately, some if the old growth Koa trees reside on the property. HLRI is utilizing these trees as the seed source for all Legacy Trees in an effort to return this tropical forest to its former glory.
Hawaii’s ecosystem took millions of years to create and only a few hundred years to ravage. The ‘akiapōlā’au is Hawaii’s native woodpecker. It evolved to eat the larva of the endemic, long-horned, wood-boring beetle that lays its eggs in dead branches of koa trees. This amazing, federally endangered bird is completely dependent on native forests for its survival. Our efforts, combined with yours, will help bring back native habitat for this and several of Hawaii’s endangered birds.
Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization with over a million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. The impact we make on our world is accomplished through our conservation and education programs. To learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation and what you can do to get involved and help plant trees, go to www.arborday.org.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. We’re moms, we’re surfers, we’re kids and teens… we’re you. We’re engaged to protect what we love: oceans, waves and beaches. We would love to have you join us, you can join Surfrider here.
Grades of Green is an environmental education non-profit working to make environmental protection second-nature in young minds. With over 155,000 Grades of Green students across 36 states, we’re inspiring kids and the broader school community to care for the environment and making environmental education something to get excited about! Join the movement at www.GradesofGreen.org to gain access to over 40 fun, free and hands-on green activities you can implement at your school.