Kaiāulu Puʻuwaʻawaʻa

We envision a vibrant and engaged kaiāulu that is multi-generational, multi-ethnic, and multi-talented, applying our skills, talents, strengths, service, and aloha to maintain presence and productivity on this ʻāina aloha of Puʻuwaʻawaʻa, in cooperation with our hoaloha from public and private agencies, as well as individuals.

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa aerial of the PCBSFA  site
Pilina ʻĀina

Pilina ʻĀina, a collaboration of USDA Forest Service, University of Hawai‘i, and Akaka Foundation, nurtures connections to Hawaiʻi's land through immersive learning, promoting stewardship and biocultural appreciation.

Pilina ʻĀina students on a trip
ʻŌhiʻa Disease Resistance Program

Establishing a Ceratocystis Disease Resistance Program for Metrosideros polymorpha

large ohia tree
Rooted in Tradition

Akaka Foundation For Tropical Forests: Preserving Hawaii's Biocultural Legacy

Guided Towards a Sustainable Future

AFTF staff with Sen. Akaka

About Us

Founded to honor Senator Daniel K. Akaka, our foundation preserves Hawaii's rich natural and cultural heritage for generations to come.
students in a forest

Our Vision

Hawaii: a beacon of biocultural diversity, where unique ecosystems thrive and stories of evolution and stewardship inspire every generation.
hawaiian forest with hapuʻu ferns

Our Mission

Merging ancestral wisdom with modern conservation, championing Hawaiian values and ensuring vibrant ecosystems and cultural legacy.
Rooted in Tradition

Empowering Conservation: Our Signature Programs

Diving Deep: Biocultural Education, ʻŌhiʻa Research, Community Forests & Beyond

Stronger Together

Celebrating Collaborations: Our Esteemed Partners

Together, Crafting a Sustainable Legacy for Hawaii's Treasures

US Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Research Station
Halau ʻŌhiʻa
Tropical HTIRC
University of Hawaii
Hui Aloha Kiholo
The Nature Conservancy
Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest