Native Lonomea Trees Return to Kuliʻouʻou Valley

The Lonomea tree, scientifically known as Sapindus oahuensis, is an endemic tree found only in mesic to dry forests in the Waiʻanae and Koʻolau region of Oʻahu and on northwest Kauaʻi. This native tree was historically found in the Kuliʻouʻou region where Aloha Tree Alliance conducts its restoration work; however, it has drastically been on […]

KUPU Americorps Members Hit the Trail

Ridge-to-Reef Summer Internship Program 3

For one week in July, 12 KUPU Youth Conservation Corps interns and staff participated in diverse hands-on, place-based mentorship opportunities through ATA’s second annual Ridge-to-Reef eco summer program. The young adults’ experiences took them 1,800 feet above sea level to the Kuli`ou`ou Ridge Trail summit, down to the shores of Maunalua Bay. In between on […]

Foster-a-Plant Gives Seedlings a Home

Foster a plant keiki growing in volunteers backyard

ATA team leader Kanoa Nakamura knows that planting seeds takes time and patience. Newly planted seedlings need care like all young, and just the right amount of sunshine and water. What began as a plant propagation project in Kanoa’s back yard blossomed this past spring into ATA’s Foster-a-Plant program. Community members can foster native trees […]

White House Council Chair Tours Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail

Chair of Environmental Quality Brenda Mallory

A surprise visit in May by Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality, Brenda Mallory, brought attention to a landmark grant that will foster traditional watershed management in modern-day Honolulu. ATA is one of eight groups, led by Malama Maunalua, that was awarded an $8 million NOAA grant to implement traditional, ridge-to-reef ahupua‘a management––native […]

Book Recommendations

Chair of Environmental Quality Brenda Mallory

We compiled a list of books to immerse yourself in the wisdom and wonder of forests on Earth. Happy reading!

Protect, Preserve, Plant

Chair of Environmental Quality Brenda Mallory

Protecting and preserving mature native trees is as important as planting new ones for restoration….

Why Trees Matter

Chair of Environmental Quality Brenda Mallory

In this digital era, it’s crucial for us to mend our bond with trees, acknowledging their vital role in cooling our cities, supplying essentials like oxygen, food, and medicine, and supporting our wellbeing, as our existence is deeply intertwined with the health of forests and the planet.