Kamehamenui Forest

Photo of Haleakala View in Kamehamenui ForestPhoto credit: Patty Chaney

The Trust for Public Land is helping the State of Hawai'i Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) purchase and protect Kamehamenui, on the north slopes of Haleakala. DOFAW will plant native hardwoods for sustainable forestry and open the property for public recreation. Reforestation will help the watershed recharge to ensure clean drinking water for the future. Protecting Kamehamenui will also preserve the area's majestic views and help the recovery of endangered species such as the Hawaiian petrel and Hawaiian hoary bat.

Kamehamenui Forest will provide access and opportunities for hiking and outdoor recreation. Linking to the Kula Forest Reserve will create a wide network for recreational purposes while DOFAW management of the property will provide for upkeep of trails to increase suitability for family recreation. This will strengthen connectivity of a contiguous network (108,000 acres) of state, federal, and private nonprofit reserves created to conserve Maui's forest resources in perpetuity.

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