In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”
– Baba Dioum
Outreach and education are vital tools when it comes to conservation. Through a variety of outreach and education opportunities, Three Mountain Alliance seeks to connect individuals to their environment and engage the community in the conservation of their watersheds.
TMA Outreach Projects:
ʻImi Pono no ka ʻĀina
It is ‘Imi Pono’s mission to provide conservation themed programs for students, teachers and community members to strengthen environmental and cultural consciousness and to instill in participants a sense of kuleana so that they will become advocates of the land.
Kaʻū Outreach and Education
The Kaʻū Outreach and Education Program in the Kaʻū Forest Reserve is designed to provide educational outreach and opportunities that will aid in strengthening the connection of people to our environment.
The Kaʻū Forest Reserve consists of 61, 641 acres; see the Kaʻū Forest Reserve Management Plan for future goals.
Kapāpala Koa Canoe Forest
Hawaii’s majestic koa (Acacia koa) tree is an integral part of our islands’ cultural heritage. Overharvesting, damage from ungulates and disease has resulted in a significant decline in koa trees suitable for building traditional canoes. This loss provoked anxiety among canoe builders and voyagers as they faced potentially losing a significant part of their culture.
In 1989, the State of Hawaiʻi set aside this unique native forest for koa management, providing a rare opportunity for youth and the larger community to learn about native forests, as well as traditional forest stewardship models and sustainable living.
The ‘Alalā Project
The ʻalalā, our native crow, once lived across Hawaiʻi Island. Now, due to a variety of threats such as predators, disease and habitat loss, this bird is no longer found in the wild. Today, biologists raise ʻalalā in captivity at the Maui and Keauhou Bird Conservation Centers. The ʻAlalā Project is planning a release of these captive ‘alalā, but the ‘alalā needs your help to survive in the wild.
Outreach & Education Photo Gallery
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