Helemano Wilderness Recreation Area

Helemano Wilderness Recreation Area, O'ahuPhoto credit: State of Hawai‘i DLNR

Currently, there are only two public designated camping areas in O‘ahu’s mountains despite a substantial demand. Dole Food’s sale of its Central O‘ahu land holdings presents boundless opportunities. The Helemano Wilderness Recreation Area acquisition will protect high priority watersheds, native forests, and habitat for many native species, including the endangered Hawaiian Hoary Bat. It will also add significant access and acreage for hunters, hikers, campers, and other outdoor recreationists to explore the Ko‘olau Mountains, as well as create a hub for forestry products that will supply woodworkers with locally sourced materials.

The Trust for Public Land and Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, are working in partnership to protect and open 2,900 acres of these lands in Central O‘ahu. These newly acquired parcels will increase access to another 4,300 acres – the Poamoho section of the ‘Ewa Forest Reserve and the premier trail to summit the Ko‘olau Mountains.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.