A`ohe hana nui ka alu`ia
no task is too big when done together
LHWRP’s mission is to work with partners across landowner boundaries to protect native ecosystems and benefit the biological, cultural, economic, and water resources found within.
Since its founding in 2003, the Partnership has initiated or facilitated watershed management, research and volunteer opportunities on much of this landscape. LHWRP and its partners maintain a comprehensive management approach that integrates professional watershed management practices with scientific and cultural research, outreach, and environmental education.
Early Polynesian settlers utilized mountain areas as a source for their water, both for human use and agriculture. They harvested mountain plants and animals for food; medicinal and ceremonial uses; housing and canoe construction and a variety of other uses.
Having a deep connection with nature known as mana and utilizing a set of rules based around conservation known as the kapu system, it was everyone’s responsibility in the Hawaiian community to mālama ‘āina (care for the land).
THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US
Inā mālama ka poʻe i ka'āina, e mālama ka'āina i nā kānaka.
If the people cared for the land,
the land would care for the people.
ho'okahi makou me ka 'aina
we are one with the land
We would like to thank all of the LHWRP landowners for their inspiration and vision to restore and preserve the leeward forests and who graciously allow us access to their lands, our supporting partners who provide us with guidance, fiscal necessities and the dedication that helps us implement our restoration management plans, and the Maui community whose participation helps inspire us to continue to work towards our goals and ensures that unique and beautiful areas of Maui, will continue to be protected for generations to come.
The Leeward Haleakalā Watershed Restoration Partnership (LHWRP) is a coalition formed in June 2003, by 11 private and public landowners and supporting agencies. The 43,175-acre partnership’s goal is to restore dryland forests on Haleakalā from Makawao through ‘Ulupalakua to Kaupō between 3,500 and 6,500 feet elevation.
Dept. of Land & Natural Resources
Nu‘u Mauka Ranch
The dedicated team that gives their minds, bodies and souls to this project.
In the photo, from left to right:
Christian Lum, Restoration Assistant
Ainoa Kaiaokamalie, Kahikinui Crew Leader & Native Nursery Tech
Andrea Buckman, Program Manager
Keali'i Ka'aikala, Field and Data Technician
Audrey Tamashiro-Kamii, Program & Data Assistant
Keahi Bustamente, Field Supervisor
La'akea Low, UHMC Kekaulike Summer Intern
Lukela Mahi, UHMC Kekaulike Summer Intern
The foundations, grant making agencies, private donors and organizations that provide monetary backing for our work.
County of Maui Department of Water Supply (DWS)
County of Maui Office of Economic Development (OED)
Haleakalā National Park (NPS)
Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council (HISC)
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA)
Hawai‘i Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO)
Laurence H. Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation
State of Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
The researchers, advisors, service providers, experts and those who provide a foundational role in our Partnership.
Hawai‘i Agricultural Research Center
Hawai‘i Wildfire Management Organization
Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission
Maui County Department of Water Supply
Maui County Office of Economic Development
Natural Resource Conservation Service
University of Hawai‘i Foundation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The vendors, collaborators and organizations that we work with to complete our mission.
East Maui Watershed Partnership
Hawai‘i Association of Watershed Partnerships
Hawaii Off Grid Architecture & Engineering
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project
Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project