Ho'oulu Lehua is a community-based organization that provides hands-on environmental education for youth with projects that address real conservation issues in the native forests of East Hawai`i Island. Ho'oulu Lehua aims to cultivate connections between Hawai'i's youth and native forests through restoration activities based on scientific understanding
and cultural traditions.
The majority of Hawai'i's native lowland forests have been lost to human habitation and agriculture. Left unmanaged Hawai'i will lose what remains of these unique ecosystems. As students remove invasive species, grow and utilize native plants they gain valuable practical experience as their minds and hearts open to the importance of preserving Hawai'i's unique biodiversity and cultural heritage.
Ho‘oulu: to grow, inspire, propagate, cause to increase.
Lehua: the flower of the ‘ōhi‘a tree, also the tree itself. Poetically used to reference a beloved friend, warrior or sweetheart. Flowers in general symbolize children.