Hawai`i   Forest Industry Association News
Volume 2 Issue 9
November 2007
Beyond Eucalyptus-Highest Value Hardwoods
HTA Funds Approved
New & Renewing Members
Articles of Interest
Hawai'i Woodshow Awards
November Board Meeting
US$10.1 Million In New Funds
Hawai'i Forest Journal
 Quick Links 
Mike Robinson,President
Bart Potter,Vice President
Mats Fogelvik, Secretary
Peter Simmons,Treasurer


William Cowern
Stephen Smith


Lloyd Jones
Bart Potter


Kip Dunbar
Mats Fogelvik


Peter Simmons
Aileen Yeh


Nick Dudley
Travis Idol
Tai Lake
Larry Nitz
Bob Osgood
Sally Rice
Mike Robinson
Jay Warner 
Ed Winkler

Executive DIRECTOR

Heather Gallo
Deborah Griffiths

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BY HFIA President, Mike Robinson


      mike robinson Fiji 1

        Bigleaf Mahogany Forest, Fiji

        Photo courtesy Mike Robinson

Last May I took a trip to Fiji as part of a Rotary International service project - delivering school supplies to about 1,000 elementary students. Handing out wooden pencils and writing paper reminded me once more of how the forest industry contributes to our everyday lives.


I also used the opportunity to observe Fiji's forest industry as best I could. I had heard and read about the "mythical" Bigleaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) forests of Fiji. They had been planted over the past few decades until tens of thousands of hectares of highest value hardwoods created a resource worth several hundred million dollars for the government and people of Fiji. The value of this forest resource is so great that it has been suggested as one of the reasons for the 2000 political coup in Fiji. Unfortunately for Fiji, the use of this resource is still in turmoil.


I was personally attracted to planting mahogany back in 2002 as were other landowners throughout Hawaii. I was impressed with its growth, its form, its potential value, its existing markets worldwide, and its international political status as a species limited in export from its native Central and South American habitat. If international trade of mahogany was further limited, Hawaii and Puerto Rico might be the only legal sources of Bigleaf mahogany for the entire United States.


In the mid 90's I wrote an article for HFIA which defended the planting of the Hamakua eucalyptus stands. The stands have been a logical transition between sugar and a more diverse and value-adding forest industry. In the mid-90's there was very limited published research about lower elevation commercial tree species which could occupy former sugar cane lands. Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, C. Brewer, industry pioneer Tommy Crabbe and others, the research and development (R&D) about growing eucalyptus in the 1980's was significant. Armed with this scientific information, investors in the now extensive eucalyptus stands were much more comfortable with the risk of planting tens of thousands of acres in Hawaii.


Those stands are now ready for harvest. With the progress of Tradewinds and Hawaii Island Hardwoods in starting up their respective processing facilities, we can expect to see our home grown wood receive the value adding it deserves. But what more can the future hold? In the latest edition of the Hawaii Forest Journal, J.B. Friday and John Yanagida's front page article presents a credible vision for the "Next Century" of Hawaii's forest industry. They state: "Landowners are currently experimenting with many other high-end plantation hardwoods such as mahogany, teak, toon, and tallowwood". Could this be the start of the required R&D needed to attract major investment or is there sufficient knowledge already in place?


Regarding mahogany, my Fiji trip helped me better understand a few things that I didn't know before. The Fiji stands are becoming mature as early as 35 years and we should be able to duplicate that rotation age in Hawaii. The quality and quantity of wood coming from those few lands being harvested in Fiji was impressive as well. Perhaps in the not too distant future, Hawaii's supply of this and other "highest value" hardwoods will be enough to emulate today's eucalyptus stands, escape their current status as "specialty products", and truly add most value to Hawaii's forested lands.


Hawai`i Tourism Authority Approves Natural Resources Program Funds 


HFIA received notification from the Hawai'i Tourism Authority that its 2008 Natural Resources grant proposal "Ho`ola Ka Makana`a-Ka`üpülehu Dryland Forest Restoration Project" has been approved for funding. 


HFIA will continue to build upon its 12 years of successful restoration efforts of the Ka`üpülehu Dry Forest.  The Ho`ola Ka Makana`a project will provide professional management and maintenance services; unique educational, eco-cultural, and stewardship opportunities; and enhanced visitor experience by promoting the awareness of the historical, cultural, and scientific roles of this unique ecology. 


This project will provide educational and stewardship opportunities for students, scholars, scientists, volunteer groups, as well as national and international visitors. These interpretive experiences will enhance visitors' knowledge of the dryland forest ecosystem and will include planting native and endangered species, building trails, and eradicating invasive species.


Outreach will include the installation of additional interpretive signs, creation of educational materials, and presentation of information about the program at collaborating visitor destinations.  


Ka'üpülehu Dryland Forest site is located in the North Kona District on the Island of Hawai'i and is approximately 10 miles north-northeast of Kailua-Kona. It is owned by Kamehameha Schools and leased to PIA-Kona Limited Partnership.  It lies between 1,700 feet and 2,100 feet in elevation, bounded in the south by Highway 190 (Mamalahoa Highway) and to the east by the Ka'üpülehu Lava Flow.


HFIA extends its appreciation to the Hawai`i Tourism Authority for support of this project!


Hawaii Tourism Authority

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New and Renewing Members

Mahalo New and Renewing Business Members!


Jill Wagner-Owner, Future Forests Nursery.


Mahalo New and Renewing Individual Members!

Stanley Hara

Phil Green-President, Kauai Organic Farms.

James Armstrong

Marty Fernandes-Horticulturist, Na `Aina Kai Botanical Gardens/Kilohana Farm & Hardwood Plantation.

Larry Hagmann-Teacher, Kamehameha Schools

Byron Moku-VP, Cultural Resources Management, 1250 Oceanside Partners dba Hokuli'.

Craig Nichols- Seasculpture.

Robert C. Schaefer-Owner, Land/Sea Corporation.

Sydney Vierra- Akamai Woods/Woodturner.


Articles of Interest

November 2007

Please click on links.

Cherry picking


Island Breath: Sovereignty and Sustainability


Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary focuses on future of flora, fauna


New wasp species, spread of bo tree discussed at Molokai

Invasive Species Committee meeting


Buy the Ranch $50 million closer to goal


Hawai`i Woodshow

2007 Awards

Attending Hawaii Woodshow Mats Folgevik

2007 Hawai`i Woodshow attended by many.
Photo courtesy Mats Fogelvik


#50, Tai Lake, N.Y. N.Y. Entry Table




#74, David Reisland, Kapa Pahu

Musical Instrument

#76, R.W. Rollo Scheurenbrand, Steel String

Acoustic Guitar


#40, Dennis Holzer, One With the Wind, Becoming the Wind


#48, Patrick Kramer, Center of Balance


#62, Frank McClure, Fleurisma


#73, Brian DeYoung, Wave Chair



#87, Jim Van Houten, Koa Contra Bass

#81, Gregg Smith, Group of Three

#6, Joel Bright, Gift From Koa II

#61, Frank McClure, Carved Bowl

#97, King and Zelko Woodworkers, Crested Moon

#9, Marcus Castaing, Altar Table

#44, Cliff Johns, Hoku Pahu

#80, Gregg Smith, Purple Haze



Rachel K. Dunn



Larry Nitz

Francisco Clemente

Andy Cole

People's Choice Award
Frank McClure,Milonia 
Artists' Choice Award
Frank McClure Fleurisma
Please watch for a special HFIA newsletter issue on the Hawai'i Woodshow in December. For more photos of the 2007 Hawaii Woodshow please see Mats Fogelvik's photos on the Maui Woodworkers Guild site. 
Looking for just the right gift for someone who believes  "it's the thought that counts"? As a member of HFIA you can have a positive impact on your gift list and on HFIA by buying a membership for someone-- or by sending this along to others to let them know about the benefits of HFIA membership.  

As a member of Hawai`i Forest Industry Association (HFIA), you receive:

-Issue of HFIA's monthly newsletter;

-Monthly Articles of Interest linking you to articles about various happenings throughout the State of Hawai`i;

-The quarterly Agriculture Hawai`i magazine;

-The opportunity  to list your business in HFIA's website Resource Guide and Directory;

-The opportunity to rent a space in HFIA's Honolulu Inter-Island Airport Display;

-The opportunity to vote in the election for the Board of Directors and an invitation to mingle with fellow members at the Annual General Membership meeting; and

-A special invitation to the Hawai`i's Woodshow opening night reception.




-Advocacy:  A voice at the legislature and in public forums promoting policies and actions which will foster healthy and productive forests;

-Forest Science: Demonstration of techniques to restore and protect species in dryland native forests;

-Information Exchange:  In addition to the monthly newsletter and Articles of Interest, public symposia have been sponsored by HFIA as well as participating in exhibitions, conferences, and special events;

-Marketing:  Research into market strategies for commodity wood products and fine crafted products have resulted in the implementation of the Hawaii's WoodTM brand and the related creation of marketing materials and tools; and

-Education and Training:  Workshops for woodworkers featuring nationally-known guest woodworkers are held annually; Opportunities for professional improvement for loggers, landowners and managers, and others.

Individual:  $35.00,
Business   $125.00,
Corporate $300.00
To access an application click here:
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                           Express Yourself !
There are many ways to express what you have to say about your company and quality products through HFIA. Try advertising in this space or feature your work in one of the displays in the Honolulu International Airport. Both options provide great potential customer opportunities and help HFIA at the same time.
If you have an article of interest about your company that you would like to contribute to the HFIA newsletter, let us know.
Contact Heidi Wild for airport exhibits:hwild728@aol.com
or 808-587-7048.

November Board  Meeting

Includes Talk and Tour  
Mike giving tour
HFIA President, Mike Robinson points out growth of mahogany trees. 
Photo: Heather Gallo 
fourth quarterly Board of Directors meeting was held on November 16th in Hilo.  Boone Kaufman, Director of the US Forest Service's Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, gave a fascinating presentation on Experimental Forests. The meeting and talk were followed by a field trip to Mike Robinson's farm in Papaloha.
HFIA Nov. 2007 Board Meeting
From the left, JB Friday,Mats Fogelvik, Mike Robinson, Ed Winkler and Tai Lake. Photo: Heather Gallo

Mark Your Calendars!

The HFIA Annual General Membership (AGM) is scheduled for Feb. 18th at the Outrigger Canoe Club in Honolulu.Time to be announced. Annual elections are upon us once more. HFIA is now accepting nominations for election to the Board of Directors. Term of office is for 3 years and requires attendance at quarterly Board meetings. A variety of committees allow Directors to represent their island or HFIA's at-large membership in many ways, from legislation to the Wood Show, from marketing to fund development.

Directors are privileged to represent Hawaii's forest industry, ensure its health and productivity, and help influence its future. We invite you to submit a nomination for the upcoming elections. You may nominate yourself. You'll be receiving your nomination information this coming week.  

US$10.1 Million In New Funds for Tropical Forests

Yokohama, Japan, 10 November 2007


The International Tropical Timber Council has committed US$10.1 million for new projects and activities for the conservation and sustainable management, use and trade of tropical forest resources.

The Council is the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). It meets twice a year to discuss a wide-ranging agenda aimed at promoting sustainable tropical forest management and the trade of sustainably produced tropical timber. The funds pledged this week at its 43rd session are in addition to the US$5.6 million committed in May at the 42nd Council session in Port Moresby, Papau New Guinea, bringing the total pledged in 2007 to over US$15.7 million.


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Hawai`i Forest Journal
Reflects Unified Vision 

The Hawai'i Forest Institute (HFI) has published the second issue of the Hawai'i Forest Journal (HFJ) which features articles from several different sources within the broad category of "Native Forestry and Forest Products". The issue reflects the unified vision and work of many to promote environmental stewardship.

Please email us at hawaii.forest@hawaiiantel.net or call us at 808-933-9411 if you would like a copy of the Journal.  Upcoming issues will delve into other sectors of the intriguing and expanding field of forestry in Hawai'i. 
About the Hawai`i Forest Institute 

In 2003, the Hawai`i  Forest Industry Association formed the Hawai`i Forest Institute, a 501 ( c ) 3 non- profit organization. The purpose of the institute is to promote the health and productivity of Hawai`i forests through scientific research and educational programs in forestry management practices and in forestry related enterprises.

Can You Make a Tax Deductible Donation to HFI ?

 Yes, and this is a good time of year to consider a donation! Your contribution will help build HFI programs and support publication of the Hawai`i Forest Journal. To make a donation contact HFI Administrator, Heather Gallo: hawaii.forest@hawaiiantel.net.  

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                                ABOUT HFIA


The Hawai'i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Hawai'i in 1989.  Founded by and for people interested and directly involved in managing and maintaining healthy, sustainable, productive forests, HFIA has a diverse membership of over 200 individuals and businesses including: woodworkers, forestry professionals, sawyers, ecotourism operators, educators, environmentalists, government officials and interested citizens.


HFIA is primarily a volunteer-based organization, with a small staff on the Big Island and two independent contractors on Oahu. The Board of Directors includes eight Island Directors and nine At-Large Directors.


Since its inception, HFIA has promoted active public awareness of Hawaii's unique forest resources. As reflected in its diverse membership, HFIA is extraordinary for its founding premise that sustainability is based on an encompassing acknowledgement of the environmental, aesthetic, cultural/historical and economic aspects of this resource. We welcome you to join us.

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