Workshops to be Held in Conjuntion With Hawaii’s Woodshow

The Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) has organized a Marquetry and Design Workshop to be hosted by renowned woodworker Paul Schurch in conjunction with Hawaii’s ‘Woodshow™, Na Lā’au o Hawai’i.

Paul Schurch Vector Table using dyed wood and natural stone.

Paul Schurch Vector Table using dyed wood and natural stone.

The hands-on workshop is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in enhancing their skills with an internationally recognized premier woodworker.

Marquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The O’ahu workshop is scheduled for September 1 and 2 from 9am until 5pm at Winkler Woods.

“We are thrilled to have Paul conduct these workshops as well as serve as a juror for this year’s Hawaii’s Woodshow,” said Heather Simmons, HFIA Executive Director. “Paul is a talented artist who has been teaching furniture making, veneer work and marquetry for many years and we are fortunate that he is passing on the valuable knowledge he has received from many fine teachers and masters of the trades.”

Marcus Castaing 2012 Best of Show. Photo by Hal Lum.

Marcus Castaing 2012 Best of Show. Photo by Hal Lum.

Schurch will also be leading free “Timeless Design for Modern Times” lectures on O’ahu and Hawai’i Island. Visit for times and locations.

There is limited space remaining for the O’ahu September 1 and 2 workshop. Anyone interested in registering may do so online in the resources section of the website or call Andy Cole at 808-778-7036. Workshop registration is $250 and includes Paul Schurch’s marquetry DVD and book. Attendees will depart with a quality piece they create during the workshop.

“The furniture I create is inspired by my connection to, and observation of nature. I see my furniture as an amalgam of classically influenced styles and contemporary shapes, playful imagery and exotic materials,” said Schurch.  “I am excited by the prospect of reinterpreting timeless concepts in a fresh and unique manner.”

Hawaii’s Woodshow is scheduled September 1 through 15 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona. The exhibition is open to the public 11am until 6pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

Young Koa bowl by Don Albrecht

Young Koa bowl by Don Albrecht

Joining Schurch as jurors at the 21st Annual Hawaii’s Woodshow will be award-winning studio furniture designer and former Hawaii’s Woodshow coordinator Marian Yasuda and Norman G. Y. Hong, an award-winning member of the American Institute of Architects and CEO at Group 70 International.

The three jurors will have the difficult task of selecting winners in various categories including professional and student divisions from among dozens of entries showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawai’i woods. The exhibition typically features 80 or more breathtaking heirloom-quality works of furniture, woodturning, sculpture and musical instruments made from Acacia koa, Mango, Kamani, Milo, Norfolk pine, macadamia nut, Kiawe and other Hawai’i-grown woods.

Sponsors helping to make Hawaii’s Woodshow possible include Kamehameha Schools, Hawai’i State Foundation of Culture & the Arts, DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Hawai’i Forest Institute, Woodcraft, Halekulani On the Beach at Waikiki, Maui Custom Woodworkers, Inc., Ocean Eagle, Ron and Myra Kent, Hilo Frame Shop, Tusher Architectural Group and Bubbies Ice Cream.

This year there will be a unique display of young-growth koa pieces by Hawai’i Island woodworkers. This is part of the Young-Growth Koa Wood Quality Assessment and Demonstration Project, which gathered data and information on the potential value of koa wood before it reaches maturity. A collaboration between HFIA, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and Northern Research Station, and University of Hawai’i, this project addresses questions about the viability of young-growth koa in existing markets.

Hawaii’s Woodshow™ was created to promote an appreciation for the remarkable variety of Hawai’i-grown woods as well as for the talented woodworkers throughout our Islands.  Artists are limited to Hawai’i-grown wood and are encouraged to use conservative techniques such as veneering to make the most effective use of woods in limited supply. Certain rare or endangered species are prohibited. For more information visit

DLNR Closes Big Island Trails As Tropical Storm Flossie Nears

Due to the expected impacts of Tropical Storm Flossie, the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife on the island of Hawaii is closing the Waimanu trail and campground, Pololu trail, and the Ainapo trail and cabin effective immediately.


High winds and heavy rains are expected to be associated with the storm system, and public safety concerns are warranted. This closure will stay in effect until staff can inspect the condition and safety of the trails once the storm system has passed.
For further information contact the  DOFAW Hilo Office (808)974-4221.

DLNR is also advising the public to avoid entering forest areas on all islands, starting on Monday as tropical storm Flossie arrives in the Hawaiian islands.

Forecasts of sustained high winds of 35 miles an hour or more, as well as heavy rain can make for hazardous road and trail conditions.

Storm conditions can trap recreationalists by blocking trails and roads from flash floods and falling trees.   Falling rocks, falling trees and landslides pose additional threats to people in the forest reserves.

“We advise that hikers, campers or hunters should avoid trails, streams and back-country areas under these conditions,” said William J. Aila, Jr.,  DLNR chairperson.The public is advised to monitor local news and weather broadcasts for further updates.


Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program Looks For New Projects

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is seeking new projects for its Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program to protect important working forest lands from the threat of conversion to non-forest uses. The federal Forest Legacy Program, administrated through DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife, is accepting grant applications for conservation acquisition assistance until Aug. 20..

Forest Legacy Program

“The Forest Legacy Program can be a very competitive program with only a few dozen projects being funded by the U.S. Forest Service each year,” stated Roger Imoto, administrator of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, “but Hawai‘i projects have always competed well in this national program with the majority of our projects ranking in the top 15.

“With the help of land trusts and conservation minded landowners, we have been able to protect our important forest resource, preserving watersheds, sheltering endangered species, and safeguard our culturally important sites,” Imoto said.

The Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program works with private landowners, state and county agencies, and conservation non-profit groups to promote sustainable, working forests. Roughly 58 percent of the land in the State of Hawai‘i is privately owned. Nationwide, millions of acres of privately-managed working forests have been lost or converted to other uses in the last 10 years with millions more that are projected to be at risk in the next decade – Hawai‘i is not an exception to this trend.

Over 2 million acres of threatened private forests have been protected under the Forest Legacy Program, of which 45,000 acres have been protected under Hawai‘i’s program.

The Division of Forestry and Wildlife is also currently working on projects that will protect an additional 5,000 acres of important forested watershed lands through the establishment of conservation easements.

Conservation easements are a relatively new conservation tool that allows a landowner to retain ownership of the restricted title to their property while providing permanent protection from development or unsustainable uses, providing landowners with an alternative to selling their land to development companies. Conservation easements are strictly voluntary, and the restrictions are binding to all future owners in perpetuity.

The Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program has identified forestlands throughout the state as important and in need of permanent protection. More about this can be found in the states’ Assessment of Needs. The Hawai‘i program accepts both fee title and conservation easement acquisitions. Fee title acquisitions are voluntary and can provide landowners with the knowledge that their property will be managed and owned in perpetuity by the State of Hawai‘i.

The deadline for the next round of applications to the Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program is August 20, 2013. Applications are available at and should be submitted to Irene Sprecher by e-mail.

Landowners and non-profits entities who are interested in participating in the Forest Legacy Program are encouraged to contact Irene Sprecher at the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife at (808) 587-4167 or to discuss their property and interest in the program.


Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest Receives Funding for Phase II

The Cleo Foundation and the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and USDA Forest Service through Kaulunani Urban Forestry Program have contributed $10,000.00 each to the Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest.

Kiwanis Kids volunteering at the Pana'ewa Zoo Discovery Forest.

Kiwanis Kids volunteering at the Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest.

Along with an earlier contribution of $2,500.00 from the Captain Planet Foundation, the Hawai`i Forest Institute (HFI), Hawai`i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) and community partners are set to initiate Phase II of the project, which will include:

  • Clearing undesirable plants and trees;
  • Finalizing the Phase II landscape plan;
  • Engaging community volunteers in project workdays;
  • Creating interpretive signs and plant identification signs;
  • Installing viewing platforms; and
  • Creating web pages and articles documenting project activities.

“These generous contributions will allow us to iniate Phase II of the Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest, a forest demonstration project at the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens in Hilo”, said HFI Executive Director Heather Simmons. “It is heartwarming to see so much support for the project from funders both here in Hawai’i and out-of-state,” she stated.

Circle K Volunteers planting at the Pana'ewa Zoo Discovery Forest.

Circle K Volunteers planting at the Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest.

Phase I has engaged over 180 community volunteers in creating and maintaining native and agro-forest demonstration gardens.  Many of the volunteers are children, who are learning about the native and Polynesian-introduced plants from forestry educators during project workdays.  “We are very pleased that the project is providing education, recreation, and volunteer opportunities for so many community residents and visitors,” Simmons added.

The Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest features a display of native, cultural and medicinal plants that once grew in the traditional farms and native forests of East Hawai’i, including Polynesian-introduced plants that arrived with voyaging canoes.  These “canoe plants”, along with many endemic species, play essential roles in Hawaiian culture, for food, fiber, tools, implements, building materials, and medicine. Many of these culturally significant plants can be found at the Discovery forest.


Mālamalama Waldorf Students Excited by Student Learning Project

Mālamalama Waldorf School’s 5th & 6th graders took part in a service-learning project in Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a as part of their Botany section of study. Students participated in a “web of life” activity highlighting the interconnections of ecosystems, helping the students understand that all parts of an ecosystem relate to each other.

 Students also engaged in an out planting of endangered, native, Hala pepe, Uhiuhi and Wiliwili seedlings, led by Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Coordinator Elliott Parsons. Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a is part of the USDA Forest Service, Hawai‘i Experimental Tropical Forest (HETF).

 Dr. Susan Cordell, research ecologist from the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF), in Hilo, accompanied the students. Cordell, studies dry forests in Hawai‘i and spoke to students about endemic and invasive plant species and the importance of tropical dry forest conservation and restoration.

 “It’s so nice when the children are given the opportunity to leave the classroom and gain hands-on experience in the field”, said Cordell.

Waldorf Education strives to provide experiential learning experiences for its students by utilizing community specialists in their field.

Mālamalama Waldorf School is the only non-sectarian, non-denominational independent school offering the internationally recognized Waldorf curriculum in Hawaii County. Visit

US Forest Service, UH Hilo and Stanford Team Up to Develop New Ecosystems for Hawaiian Forests

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In collaboration with Stanford University and the University of Hawaii, Hilo, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station’s Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry will begin research next spring on developing “hybrid ecosystems” a mix of native and non-native species in an effort to create a sustainable ecosystem in tropical forests.

The research team, comprised of Dr. Susan Cordell, USDA Forest Service Research Ecologist; Dr. Rebecca Ostertag, Biology Associate Professor from the University of Hawaii at Hilo; and Dr. Peter Vitousek, Professor of Biology and the Clifford G. Morrison Professor in Population and Resource Studies from Stanford University, recently received a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) to conduct their work on the 200-acre Hawaii Army National Guard Keaukaha Military Reservation on the island of Hawaii.

The proliferation of invasive plant species in lowland tropical forests in Hawaii have become so pervasive that it is neither cost-effective nor practical to eradicate all non-native species. These highly endangered ecosystems are often degraded by invasive species, and continue to be lost at a rapid rate. The research team will examine how to create new ecosystems incorporating native and non-native (but non-invasive) species that will also optimize carbon storage and support and encourage native biodiversity.

The project will begin in April 2011 and be conducted in two phases over a five-year time period. The first phase will include a 14-month study and analysis of traits of existing native and non-native species including cultural species. The second phase will include test plantings of several combinations of species.

“Invasive species are so prevalent. You’re hand weeding, trying to eliminate them and aren’t able to keep up with them. It feels like you’re fighting a losing battle. Restoring these lowland tropical forests to a historic native state is not financially or physically feasible,” Cordell says. “We’re excited about this grant because it will allow us to conduct our research and try to find ways to co-exist with a sub-set of these species, and promote the sustainability and biodiversity of these forests.”

The SERDP, DoD’s environmental science and technology program, invests across a broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development. SERDP focuses on cross-service requirements and pursues solutions to the Department’s environmental challenges. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness.