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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!

Our most active project currently

Keau’ohana Native Rainforest Restoration

Keau‘ohana Forest Reserve, in the Puna District of Hawai‘i, is a reservoir of unique plant biodiversity found nowhere else in the world. It is the best remaining critical habitat for many native, rare and endangered species.

We are working to restore the largest and most intact native lowland rainforest (<1,000 ft.) remaining in the State of Hawai‘i. Since June 2014, we have led weekly crew efforts and numerous volunteer events to control for invasive and plant native species on 30 acres in the most biodiverse portion of the reserve. Learn more about our efforts here.  Go to “What We Do” to learn more about our other projects.

Upcoming Events

Annual General Membership Meeting

When: Saturday November 10, 2-4PM
Where: Malama O Puna, 15-2881 Pahoa Village Rd
What:

  • “Rat Lungworm Disease—Results of New Research” presentation by Prof. Sue Jarvi, UH-Hilo College of Pharmacy
  • 2017-18 MOP Accomplishments
  • Upcoming Plans & Projects
  • Election of Officers
  • And other nice surprises

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.

SharkwaterOctober 11: Sharkwater — Award winning investigation of sharks and their worldwide mass slaughter, and a contributor to a conservation success story.
A Crude AwakeningNovember 8: A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash — Oil is essential to nearly every aspect of our modern lives. What happens when extraction peaks and it’s no longer cheap?
Mission BlueDecember 13: Mission Blue — Emmy Award winning documentary of Dr. Sylvia Earle, on a mission to save our oceans, defend “hope spots,” and build a network of global marine protected areas.
END:CIVJanuary 10: END:CIV: Resist or Die — Industrial civilization runs on widespread violence and environmental exploitation. What will it take to stop it?

News

We’ve published our 2017 Report with a summary of our activities this year. Thank you for your support, which allows us to do the work we do!

Visit Us In Pāhoa

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

Malama O Puna Building