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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).



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.



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

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