Current Events

2024 HETF Webinars

Mahalo to all our outstanding presenters and those who’ve attended our 2023 HETF Webinars.

We will be taking a short hiatus for the holiday season, but we’ll return with a fresh line up of webinars in the new year!

If you’ve missed any of the past webinars or would like to re-watch your favorite, you can access them on YouTube.

ʻŌhiʻa Love Festival 

Catch the Hawaiʻi Experimental Tropical Forest at the ʻŌhiʻa Love Festival! Happening this Saturday, November 4th in Hilo at the Komohana Research and Extension Center.

From the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources: This is a very special event, to honor ʻŌhiʻa, and learn the latest research about the disease that is threatening them.
This year our theme is : Ka ‘Upena O Ke Ola- the net of life. LIfe from mauka to makai is inconnected, like a big net, many of Hawaiʻi’s native and endemic species are dependent upon ʻŌhiʻa lehua, for food, water, and shelter.
The design was created was and donated by local artist and conservationist, Kimberly DeSouza.
Come show your ʻŌhiʻa Love and learn more about this important keystone species that supports life.
This event is brought to you by the University of Hawaiʻi, the Department of Land and Natural Resources – Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and your local Invasive Species Committees.

Run for the Dry Forest 2023

Come join us for a run through the dry forest on Saturday, October 28th, 2023 at Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a.

The 16th Annual Run for the Dry Forest event is a 10K run, 5K run/walk, and 1/4-mile keiki run.  The 10K run starts at 7:45am and is an “extreme trail running experience” featuring a 1200 ft. elevation gain in the first 3 miles.  The 5K starts at 8:00am and is suitable for most people and jogging strollers.  The keiki run starts at 8:30am and is perfect for little legs as well as parents. It’s fun for the whole family!

Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a is home to several species of endangered birds and many endangered plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.  Proceeds from the race events contribute to conservation of these species.  Registration is required.  To reduce waste this year we are going cup-less!  A collapsible, reusable race cup will be included in each registration packet. Paid entries will also receive a 2023 race t-shirt highlighting Honohono, a dryland native plant, and a ticket to enter a drawing for door prizes. 

PLEASE NOTE: No pets are allowed, as there are endangered nene geese in the area.  Time: 6:45 am to noon.  Cost: $40 per entrant. Keiki Early Bird rate for children 14 under running 5k or 10k: $25.  Sign up soon! Prices are subject to staggered increases as race day approaches.  There will be no same day registration.  For updates on pricing and volunteer opportunities go to the Nāpu‘u Conservation Project Instagram. To view a detailed description of the event visit the Akaka Foundation for Tropical Forests website.

We hope to see you on the trail!

Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference

Hawaii Conservation Conference 2023 Artwork Created by Tressa Hoppe

Thank you for visiting our booth at the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference. Below are highlights of current research initiatives happening within the HETF.

If you want to dive deeper into the research, click here to look at our publications

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference was held from June 27th – 29th in Honolulu.

Some background about the event: “The Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference allows a diverse group of scientists, policymakers, conservation practitioners, educators, students and community members from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific to converge and discuss conservation. It’s a time to connect, share and inspire, all with the common goal of caring for our natural resources.” If you want to learn more about the HCC please visit their website.