Located more than 2,000 miles from the nearest continental land mass, the Hawaiian Archipelago is the most geographically isolated island group on the planet. Hawaiian plants and animals began to evolve over 70 million years ago in nearly complete isolation. Over 90% of Hawai‘i’s native terrestrial flora and fauna are found nowhere else. This level of endemism surpasses all other places on earth — even the Galapagos Islands. Despite their protected status, this treasure trove of species faces decimating threats. That’s why we need your help!
Plant a Tree, Grow a Forest
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (HVNP) is one of the only places in the world you can experience the rare beauty of the koa-‘ohi‘a forest. Native birds and insects found nowhere else forage in these majestic trees. The park provides a refuge for many native plant and animal species on a comeback from the brink of extinction. Nearly one-third of all the endangered plant species listed in Hawai‘i occur in koa forests. The protection and perpetuation of Hawai‘i’s unique biological heritage depends on removing non-native species and planting natives. Please help us save these precious forests.
- Your $20 donation buys the pots, soil, and fertilizer necessary to grow 100 native plant seedlings.
- Your $50 donation supports the planting of 5 trees, which in turn provide essential food and shelter for native birds.
- Your $100 donation enables the propagation of critically endangered plants such as hau kuahiwi (hibiscadelphus).
- Your $200 donation provides a stipend for a volunteer for 1 month to propagate, nurture, and plant native species.
Help Hawksbills Hatch
The hawksbill turtle, or honu ‘ea, is a critically endangered species. In the U.S. Pacific, hawksbill turtles nest only on the beaches of the main Hawaiian Islands, primarily along the southern coast of Hawai’i Island. Without human help, the honu ‘ea will likely disappear forever this century. But there is hope. Since 1989, the Hawai’i Island Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project has been tirelessly working to help honu ‘ea recover. More than 500 volunteers have located and protected 700 nests and helped 80,000 hatchlings reach the sea. Your help is crucial to these turtles’ survival.
- Your $20 donation supports two nights of field monitoring and protection of nesting turtles.
- Your $100 donation provides the equipment and supplies for volunteers to camp at beaches where turtles nest.
- Your $200 donation supports a volunteer for 1 month to monitor and protect turtles and their nests.
- Your $500 donation buys enough predator-proof enclosures to protect turtle egg nests for the entire 6 month nesting season.
Keep Nēnē Flying High
Looking for a rare goose? Look no further than the skies over Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The nēnē, or endangered Hawaiian goose (Branta sandvicensis), is the rarest goose in the world. By 1950, nēnē were nearly extinct. A mere 30 birds remained in the wild. In response to the crisis, captive breeding programs were started in Hawai‘i and in England. Since being reintroduced in 1974, the park’s nēnē population has grown from a handful of captive breeding pairs to over 200 wild individuals. Please support the essential Nēnē Recovery Project and ensure a future for Hawai‘i’s state bird.
- Your $20 donation buys 2 bags of feed essential for injured birds in rehabilitation and for goslings without access to good nutrition.
- Your $100 donation provides a stipend for 2 weeks of volunteer time dedicated to nēnē protection..
- Your $350 donation provides a stipend and housing for a volunteer for a Nēnē Recovery Project volunteer for 1 month..
- Your $1,400 donation provides a stipend and housing for a volunteer for 4 months during the critical nesting season.