Hawaii & Alaska
Capitol Connection / David Y. Ige / Newsroom

HI - Protecting Hawai'i – from the mountains to the sea

If Hawai‘i is going to survive climate change, it will be up to us and future generations to lead the way. Much of the work falls to the state’s natural resource specialists who sometimes risk their own lives to protect “the rarest of the rare” native species. From hiking Maunakea’s frigid slopes and rappelling Waimea Canyon’s cliffs to monitoring miles of reefs and beaches, they work with community partners to preserve life as we know it in the islands and save even the smallest of our inhabitants from extinction.


In case you missed it, you can still view a DLNR-produced documentary called “Cliff Dwellers of Kaua‘i  and the people who hang with them!” at https://vimeo.com/596087910. The video, which aired on KHON in October, shows DLNR botanist Adam Williams and Scott Heintzman with the state’s Plant Extinction Prevention Program rappelling down steep canyon walls to save some of the endangered species that live there.

More than 250 native plants in Hawai‘i are close to extinction in their wild habitats, and the documentary shows what conservationists do to get cuttings or seeds into seed banks for propagation and species survival. “The program depicts truly world-class conservation management, reporting and partnerships,” said DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife administrator David Smith.


How you can help protect wildlife – DLNR encourages the public to report anyone seen harassing wildlife in the islands, especially monk seals and turtles.

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