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Environment - Hawaiʻi


The Foundation is committed to two priority areas in environment in Hawaiʻi: invasive species prevention and the development of the next generation of environmental leaders in Hawaiʻi.

In 2010, Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation commissioned Dr. Makena Coffman and her team to help inform development of its environmental grantmaking strategy in Hawaiʻi. You can learn more about the strategy development here.

Our Island Home


Hawaiʻi is home to more than 18,000 native species, half of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Plants and animals arrived millennia ago, riding ocean currents, the jet stream, and birds to colonize reefs, isolated atolls, valleys, and peaks. Today, these species and ecosystems not only sustain us, they define us.

Priority Areas


Protecting our ʻāina from invasive species through prevention, early detection, rapid response and long-term control.

Working to conserve and restore native ecosystems and the unique biodiversity of our islands.

Introduces students and community members to a variety of natural environments

Kupu, which means “to sprout” or “to grow”in Hawaiian, has a two-fold mission: to preserve the land while empowering youth.

Cultivating tomorrowʻs conservation leaders in Hawaiʻi.

Working to protect Hawaiʻi's spectacular diversity of life.

An undergraduate internship program committed to stewardship of our natural resources in the Pacific.

Capitalizing on Hawaiʻi’s natural resources that are integral to the state’s cultural, economic, and scientific enterprises.

Preparing students to function in a world of rapid scientific and technological change and more.

Advanced, inquiry driven, experiential summer course

Emphasizes the science and management of natural resources and their links to environmental quality

A world-class research and academic institution focused on informing solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems.


Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation Nurtures Hawaii's Environmental Stewards

Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation Environmental Leadership Pathways: Graduate Assistants at UH

University of Hawaii at Manoa's Natural Resources and Environmental Management Program

News & Updates

Since 2012, the Foundation has partnered with the University of Hawaiʻi to support graduate assistantship opportunities at the University of Hawaiʻi, Hilo and Mānoa. We are pleased to once again support nine graduate assistantship...

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In 2012, The University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization (UHERO), in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy Hawai‘i and Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation, published a report characterizing the natural resources management (NRM)...

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We are pleased to once again partner with the University of Hawaiʻi to support graduate assistantship opportunities at the University of Hawaiʻi, Hilo and Mānoa for the Fall 2019 school year. In addition to a tuition waiver, the nine...

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Since 2011, Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation has partnered with the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) in an effort to keep invasive species from entering our island home. Each year we work with CGAPS to identify important...

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