Research Locations

Hanawi Natural Area Resere

The Hanawi Natural Area Reserve is a part of the State of Hawai'i-Department of Land and Natural Resources-Natural Area Reserve System (NARS). NARS is a statewide attempt to preserve in perpetuity specific land and water areas which support communities, as relatively unmodified as possible, of the natural flora and fauna, as well as geological sites, of Hawai'i.

Hanawi is located on windward (northeast) Maui and covers 7,500 acres. The reserve was established in 1986. The reserve is fenced and ungulate free above 1600m. The area is steep, regularly dissected by ridges and gulches, and supports montane wet forest dominated by ʻōhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha) and 'ōlapa (Cheirodendron trigynum).

MFBRP has worked at two sites at Hanawi studying Kiwikiu. The HR3 site is 35 ha between 1600 and 2000m (~5300-6500 ft.) and FSB site is 70 ha between 1600 and 2200m (~5300-7200 ft). See Kiwikiu Recovery.


 

The Nature Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of Hawai'i manages Waikamoi Preserve, a protected area located on the windward (north) side of Maui. TNC is an international private, non-profit conservation organization that seeks to preserve plants, animals, and natural communities. The Preserve is managed in partnership with the State of Hawai'i-Department of Land & Natural Resources.

Waikamoi Preserve became a reality in 1983 when the Haleakalā Ranch Company granted a conservation easement to TNC over 5,230 acres. The preserve was expanded in 2014 when landowner Alexander & Baldwin conveyed a conservation easement over an additional 3,721 adjacent acres, bringing the total to 8,951 acres and making Waikamoi the largest private nature preserve in the state. Fences have been put up in this area to protect native forest from ungulates. The forest is a mixed-wet forest populated by both ʻōhiʻa and koa (Acacia koa). 

MFBRP has worked at this site studying Kiwikiu and 'Akohekohe in an area west of the Ko'olau Gap and east of Waikamoi Stream between 1600 and 1900m (~5300-6300 ft.) in elevation. See Kiwikiu Recovery.

Here is a view of TNC's Waikamoi Preserve Boardwalk:

Boardwalk - The Nature Conservancy's Waikamoi Preserve (closed to the public) by Mark_Kimura_PhD on Photosynth


 

Nakula Natural Area Reserve

Nakula Natural Area Reserve is a part of the State of Hawai'i-Department of Land and Natural Resources-Natural Area Reserve System (NARS). NARS is a statewide attempt to preserve in perpetuity specific land and water areas which support communities, as relatively unmodified as possible, of the natural flora and fauna, as well as geological sites, of Hawai'i.

This 1,420-acre reserve was established in 2011 and is located on the leeward (southeast) side of Maui. It’s a dry montane ʻōhiʻa-koa forest that has received many years of damage by feral ungulates. It has dramatic elevation change across the NAR that corresponds with the moisture gradient and changes in habitat. Most of the understory has been destroyed by feral ungulates. The forest that remains is in large dissecting gulches.

MFBRP is working to restore ʻōhiʻa-koa forest within a 370-acre parcel between 1108 and 1785m (~4000-5800 ft.) in elevation. The vegetation here is pasture dominated by kikuyu grass (Pennisetum clandestinum) with widely scattered native trees. See Restoration.


 

Polipoli Spring State Recreational Area

Polipoli Spring State Recreational Area is a state park under the State of Hawai'i- Department of Land and Natural Resources- Division of Forestry and Wildlife. It is a part of the 21,000 acre Kula Forest Reserve on the slope of Haleakalā, East Maui. The elevation ranges from 1600-1900m (~5300-6300 ft.). The area was originally covered in dense forest of native koa, māmane (Sophora chrysophylla), and ʻōhiʻa. Because the area was deforested, an experimental forest of Pine (Pinus sp.), Eucalyptus sp., tropical ash (Fraxinus uhdei), and more were planted.

MFBRP has a study on native forest bird use of this non-native forest.

 

MFBRP study areas on Maui.