Ka Nohona Hawaiʻi

Hiki Ola is dedicated to promoting the use of cultural and traditional knowledge, working in conjunction with evidence-based science and time-tested best practices, to restore, preserve and protect the land, its wise use, history, resources, places and ecosystems.  (Mauli Ola Hawaiʻi)

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About our native forest

Kealakekua Mountain Reserve is home to many of our treasured endemic plants.  We are committed to reforestation, with a goal of restoring the native plants that once thrived there.  Click to learn more about the plants that grow in the uplands of Kealakekua.

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About our native birds

Kealakekua Mountain Reserve is home to many of our treasured endemic birds.  We are committed to reforestation, which will positively impact these birds in the future.  Click here to view some video clips of Noah Gomes, a local native bird "nerd."

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Kālai

The traditional art of carving

The forest was home to many trees that were used for timber for homes, tools, weapons, athletic equipment, and canoes.  Click here to learn more from Kahakaʻio Ravenscraft, a local carver.

drawing by Robin Y. Burningham, Kamehameha Schools Press