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 VIRTUAL Annual Member Meeting
Sunday, May 23rd at 2:00PM

Please click the link above to join us for the Virtual Annual Member Meeting on Zoom
Guest speaker is Franny Brewer of Big Island Invasive Species.  There will be a President’s Report, Financial Report and Board Elections at this meeting.  We hope to announce winners of our recent Science Contest for local high school students on biocontrol measures for controlling Miconia.  Please join us!!

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Fruit Tree Planter’s Foundation Support for Tree Planting Partners – Restoration of Puna’s Lower Elevation Forests

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Latest in Hawaii’s Efforts on Biocontrol

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Are you a high school student bursting with creativity and feeling constrained with the Pandemic remote learning opportunities? We have a great opportunity for East Hawaii ninth through twelfth grade high school students to conduct research into, and learn about, biocontrol options for one of our more aggressive invasive species – Miconia.

This science contest is hosted by Malama O Puna with funding from the County of Hawaii, Council District 5 and projects must be submitted by May 17th to be eligible for this competitive contest. Prizes will be awarded to the top three presentations as judged by the board of Malama O Puna with outside help from some of our esteemed local educators. You can find the poster about this contest on the Malama O Puna Facebook page and if interested drop us a private message with your email. To obtain a copy of the science contest packet containing contest rules, application, and other information, either call 965-2000 to leave a message or email MalamaoPuna@yahoo.com. You can access the application packet with contest instructions here.


On August 9, we held a virtual meeting on “MOP in a time of transition.” Read about it and view presentations.

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.

  • Puna Kai Drive-Thru Halloween - We'll be at Puna Kai on Halloween from 4-6PM with masks and sanitizer paid for thru the Federal CARES Act. Event brought to you courtesy of the Office of Matt Kaneali'i-Kleinfelder, County Councilmember District 5. Click through to see the full poster.
  • Mask & Sanitizer Give-Away - Provided from Federal CARES Act funding through the Office of Councilmember Matt Kaneali'i-Kleinfelder. We will be giving out free Kuleana masks and hand sanitizer from Malama O Puna facility Monday Sept 28 at 2:30pm until 4:00pm and Tuesday Sept. 29 at 2:00pm until 4:00pm. If you can't make those times, please call 965-2000 to set up more pick up times later this week.
  • Malama O Puna Assists in Distributing Masks and Sanitizers in Puna under COVID 19 CARES Funding - Keeping healthy and safe during this pandemic is of great concern to all individuals and businesses on the Big Island...
  • 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!

On hold

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!