The goals of Kaiāulu Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a are to:
- Support community-based reforestation and stewardship,
- Increase gathering access to culturally important plant species and to promote access to ‘āina for cultural practices,
- Sequester carbon to help mitigate climate change and ocean acidification,
- Increase capacity for bio-cultural education, and
- Provide a model for community-based reforestation on public lands.
- Fenced exclosure of 84-acres surrounding the cone (completed)
- Removal of invasive species to lower wildfire risk and promote native plant species regeneration (ongoing)
- Development of community-based forest stewardship in rural outer island location (ongoing)
- Conservation of native biodiversity through education, stewardship, and research collaborations (ongoing)
- Improved access to opportunities for cultural practices and stewardship and to culturally important plant species (ongoing)
- Increased mālama ‘āina livelihood opportunities for kama‘āina (ongoing)
Kōkua aku, kōkua mai: an indigenous consensus-driven and place-based approach to community led dryland restoration and stewardship was published in 2022 in a Special Issue of Forest Ecology and Management. Dr. Katie Kamelamela, former Community Forest Administrator of the P-CBSFA was lead author, collaborating closely with Dr. Christian Giardina and with the larger P-CBSFA hui.