Our Mission

Malama O Puna is a Hawai‘i non-profit corporation and 501(c)(3) volunteer service organization which focuses on the environment. Our mission is to assure critical habitat for native species and open space for future generations through environmental education, hands-on projects, advocacy, watch-dogging and land trusting. Please browse our website to learn more about what we do and like us on Facebook to receive announcements about our upcoming events!

MOP in a time of transition

On August 9, Malama O Puna held a virtual meeting. The program included presentations by Diga Kern and Ann Kobsa on restoration efforts in the Halepua’a section of Nanawale Forest Reserve, a tribute to our recently deceased former president and MOP founder René Siracusa, a report on other Malama O Puna activity, and input from attendees about what they’d like to see MOP doing in the future and how they’d like to be involved.

Read more and view presentations from the meeting.


  • Support us when you shop on Amazon - Malama O Puna always supports buying local first, however, if you're shopping on Amazon anyway, you can make a donation to us at no additional cost!
  • Remembering René - On June 29, René Siracusa, tenacious and passionate community activist and loving Hanai Mother and founder of Malama O'Puna, passed away peacefully...
  • COVID 19 Pandemic Response for Puna - Malama O Puna worked with Councilman Matt Kanealii-Kleinfelder of District 5 on a program entitled “COVID 19 Pandemic Response for Puna”. This program provided 300 large food baskets to households in need while at the same time helping to boost some of the small agricultural businesses in Puna. Distribution of the food took place on … Continue reading COVID 19 Pandemic Response for Puna
  • Who to Vote for for Mayor? - The Waimea Community Association interviewed 15 candidates for mayor of Hawai’i County from June 8-10, 2020 and has made the virtual candidate forum available for viewing online:    https://www.waimeatown.org/mayoral-candidate-forum

Malama O Puna recently finished up a Miconia eradication project focusing in 2 locations near Pahoa: the ‘Ginger Patch’ on Post Office Rd and along Ka’ohe Homesteads Rd.  See more

Malama O Puna is helping the community recover from the 2018 lava flow. The Tribune-Herald wrote about one of our projects, helping residents get grant money to reopen roads to their properties.

For daily Covid19 updates and information on Hawaii Island, please visit: https://www.rd.hawaiicounty.gov/?navid=1786

Upcoming Events

Candidate Forums

Malama O Puna regrets being unable to host a candidate forum this year and will post links to any relevant virtual forums for races affecting Puna/Pahoa

Films For Change series

Join us the second Thursday of each month at 6 PM for a free film screening followed by casual discussion.

Free popcorn! Optional: bring food for yourself or to share.

On hold due to pandemic

Visit Us In Pāhoa

On hold due to pandemic

Stop in at our office in Pāhoa to use our Environmental Resource Center or just to say hi!

Malama O Puna Pahoa location