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Hawai`i   Forest Industry Association News
Volume 3 Issue 1
January 2008
Steve Smith-HFIA Member
HFIA AGM February 18
2008 Conferences & Events
Articles of Interest
Mahalo New & Renewing Members!
Your Membership Counts
Member Notice Board
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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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      Steve Smith-HFIA Member

HFIA Past President and current Hawai'i Forest Institute President, Stephen E.S. Smith, or "Steve" Smith, as his colleagues call him, is a fourth generation resident of Hawai'i. Not only does Steve have a long family history in Hawai'i, he also has a lifelong dedication to the forest industry of Hawai'i. He has been involved in the planning, development and implementation of agricultural and silvicultural projects in both Hawai'i and other parts of the world for nearly 30 years.
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Steve Smith, wearing papale presented by HFIA Board for five years service as President. (photo courtesy Mats Folgelvik)

Steve attended Hawai'i Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, Wesleyan University, CT, University of the Americas, Mexico, University of California, and graduated from the University of Hawaii-Manoa with a B.A. in psychology.


His career in Forestry began in 1982 as an employee of the Harvesting/Milling crew for Waimea Canyon Timber, a salvage logging operation on Kaua'i.  Steve operated a private, family owned sawmill which utilized locally available Hawaiian hardwood salvage logs, from 1984 to1994.


Since that time, Steve has been owner operator of

" Forestry Management Consultants- Hawai'i ". Among his career experiences, Steve has provided a wide variety of consulting services and assistance to numerous local, national and international clients including a confidential, private client study and a Koa Inventory & Marketing Report for Jaakko Poyry Consulting (Asia Pacific) Pty Ltd. and "Summary of Tax Benefits Relating to Tree Farming in Hawaii" for a Hawai'i Agricultural Research Center private client. A highlight of Steve's recent career was the nearly 5 year (1994-1999) engagement with Prudential Timber Investments, Inc. for the consulting and assistance in the acquisition and establishment of the Hamakua and Kau eucalyptus tree farms.

He is a founding Board Member of the Hawai'i Forest Industry Association and served on its Board of Directors from 1989 through 1998. After a self-imposed interruption, he was re-elected to the Board in 2001.  Steve completed his fifth term as President of HFIA in 2007 and returned as a Board member representing the island of Kaua'i. He became President of HFI in 2007.


Please Join Us

Hawai`i Forest Industry Association's

2008 Annual General Meeting


HFIA prepares for its 19th year serving as the voice of responsible forestry in Hawa`i.  The organization's successes are made possible by the dedication and generosity of our members, the selfless service of our volunteers and Board of Directors, and by the strong partnerships and working relationships with many public and private agencies we have worked with since our incorporation in 1989.


After all of this hard work, it is time to celebrate!  Take an evening to relax, meet new friends, get reacquainted with old ones, and enjoy the spectacular Oahu sunset. The election results for the 2008 Board of Directors will be announced at the AGM. Don't forget the all-you-can-eat buffet, including salads, sumptuous entrees, plus the chef's selection of desserts. Your guests are welcome to enjoy this special evening with us!



Outrigger Canoe Club

2909 Kalakaua Ave  Honolulu, HI 96815

Conference Rooms A, B, C, & D


Monday, February 18, 2008, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Registration, no-host bar 5:00 pm

Buffet Dinner                 6:00 pm         

Guest Presentations        7:30 pm           

Meeting Adjourns            9:00 pm



Guest Presenters

-Mark Anderson , DBEDT  Deputy Director

-Laura Thielen, DLNR Chairperson

-Reports from HFIA Officers and Staff

-Introduction of newly elected Board members

-Open microphone:Comments & observations from members.

-Presentation of the Duvel Award for an exceptional HFIA volunteer. 

A seperate AGM invitation will be sent to you.  


2008 Conferences and Events
As part of our 2008 services for members, we will be posting conferences and events of interest throughout the year. If you have any other suggestions for conferences please send them to us and we will post them for members. Mahalo!
22nd Annual Hawaii Wood Guild Show
February 2-March 1
The Harbor Gallery, Kawaihae
Reception February 2, 5:00 PM
Gallery open from 11:30-7:30 Daily

2008 Nahele Dry Forest Symposium

February 22, 2008



As many of you already know, the dry forests of Hawai'i are fragile habitats that are home to many of the rarest plants in the world.  Today, only remnant patches of the habitat remain, reminding us of a fabulously diverse community of plants and animals that once dominated the landscapes of leeward Hawai'i. 


The 2nd Annual Ka 'Ahahui o ka Nāhelehele Dry Forest Symposium brings together biologists, educators, community stewards, and others dedicated to conservation to share their ideas on how to keep dry forest habitats healthy and how to restore them where possible. The primary audience for the symposium is conservation professionals, but there will be many presentations and discussions of interest to the general public as well.  This year the symposium will emphasize practical advice for restoring dry forests.


Symposium speakers come from a variety of backgrounds and affiliations including federal and state agencies as well as NGOs from across the state. Some of the distinguished scientists and restoration experts featured at this year's symposium include Dr. Susan Cordell, Bill Garnett, Lida Pigott Burney, Vickie Caraway, Hannah Springer, and Rob Hauff.  These presenters, along with several others, will share their knowledge and lessons learned about dry forest restoration.  The afternoon will feature break-out sessions with the experts to discuss in more depth subjects such as pest and disease control, propagating and planting, backyard restoration and practical innovations in restoration.


The symposium will be held February 22, 2008 from 9:00am until 5:00pm at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort in Kailua-Kona.  To register, call The Kohala Center at (808) 887-6411 or go to Kohala Center.   Registration prior to February 12 is  $50, which includes lunch. After February 12, registration increases to $65.


**If you are interested in displaying a poster, outreach materials or other information in conjunction with the symposium, please contact Colleen Cole at 333-7741 or


The symposium is a project of Ka 'Ahahui o ka Nāhelehele, a non-profit dedicated to dry forest conservation.  Partners in sponsoring this conference are Bishop Museum's Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, Hawai'i Forest Industry Association, National Tropical Botanical Garden, The Kohala Center, the Hawaii State Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort.  

Jim Quinn, HFIA Member and Manager of Hawai'i Island Hardwoods LLC will be the Keynote Speaker at:

The 2008 Wood Technology Clinic and Show
"Reinventing the Mill"
March 12-14, 2008
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

"Great Hardwoods in Hawaii - But a Tough Place to Do Business"

2008 Wood Technology Show


Articles of Interest
January 2008
Please click on links.

Mahalo New and Renewing Members   

January 2008


Bob Marr-CEO, Haina Hawaiian Hardwood Mills, Inc.

J. Scott Meidell- Vice President/Land and Resources Manager, Haleakala Ranch Company



Guy Cellier-President, Forest Solutions, Inc.

Elin Walburn-CFO, Teichner Walburn & Associates, LLC



Rebecca Beckley-Duong-President, Hawaii Tree Farm

Jim Brewbaker-Professor, UH Dept. Tropical Plant & Soil Science

Katy Darlington

Katie Friday-Associate Pacific Islands Forester,USDA    Forest Service

Fred Kozy-Owner,Koholalele Ranch

Edwin Q.P. Petteys

Rich von Wellsheim-Manager, Ola Honua

Ed Winkler-General Manager, Winkler Woods, LLC

William W.L. Yuen-Attorney, Ching, Yuen & Morikawa


Your Membership Counts

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


-Issues of HFIA's monthly e-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 Hawaii's WoodshowTM opening night reception.


Your dues also help support HFIA's many programs and activities:


-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
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"I have some Pride of India tree logs from a tree that fell during the last big windstorm.  The wood is beautiful and I'd be happy to give it to anyone who will come and take the logs away. Size is about 15" 

diameter by 5' long--four logs total.  Logs are in my driveway on Ahikawa Street in Kona Coastview subdivision, above the airport".



Rick Gaffney

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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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