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Hawai`i   Forest Industry Association News
Volume 3 Issue 2
March 2008
HFIA February AGM
Ka'upulehu Dryland Forest
2008 Conferences & Events
Articles of Interest
Mahalo New & Renewing Members!
Your Membership Counts
Member Notice Board
Your Association E-News
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Mike Robinson,President
Lloyd Jones,Vice President
Mats Fogelvik, Secretary
Peter Simmons,Treasurer


William Cowern
Stephen Smith


Lloyd Jones


Kip Dunbar
Mats Fogelvik


Peter Simmons
Aileen Yeh


Don Bryan
Nick Dudley
Tai Lake
Larry Nitz
Bob Osgood
Sally Rice
Mike Robinson
James Quinn
Jay Warner 
Ed Winkler

Executive DIRECTOR

Heather Gallo
Deborah Griffiths

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HFIA Welcomes
Guest Speakers & New Leaders at Annual General Meeting
The Hawai'i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) held its Annual General Meeting at the Outrigger Canoe Club in Honolulu in February. Special guests Laura Thielen, Chair of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and Mark Anderson, Deputy Director with the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) spoke at the event. 
Both speakers expressed an interest in working with HFIA to promote responsible forestry, creating a balance between the forest products industry and environmental concerns for Hawaii's two million acres of forests.
Laura Thielen
       Mark Anderson

Left: Laura Thielen, Chair of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) speaks to HFIA members.

Right: Mark Anderson Deputy Director with the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).


HFIA members elected their 2008 Board of Directors, who elected this year's Executive Officers:President Mike Robinson, Property Development Agent with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL); Vice-President Lloyd Jones, CEO of Martin & MacArthur; Treasurer Peter Simmons, Regional Asset Manager with Kamehameha Schools; and Secretary Mats Fogelvik, woodwork artist and owner of Fogelvik Furniture on Maui.  

     HFIA Board

HFIA Board, first row L to R: Ed Winkler, Mike Robinson, Lloyd Jones, Peter Simmons.  Back Row L to R: Nick Dudley, Tai Lake, Steve Smith, Don Bryan, James Quinn, Mats Fogelvik, and Bob Osgood.  Directors not pictured are: Kip Dunbar, Bill Cowern, Larry Nitz, Sally Rice, Jay Warner, and Aileen Yeh.


In addition to Mats Fogelvik and Mike Robinson, the following Directors were re-elected to three-year terms: Bill Cowern, President of Hawaiian Mahogany Co., Inc.; Nick Dudley, Research Scientist with the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center; Bob Osgood, Agricultural Consultant in Hawai'i, East Africa, and Madagascar; and Aileen Yeh, Horticulturist with Aileen's Nursery and the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center. 


Two new Board members were elected this year; Don Bryan, President/CEO of Tradewinds Forest Products, Inc. and James Quinn, Co-owner of Hawaii Island Hardwoods, LLC (HIH). 

              Bart Potter receiving award

Left: HFI President, Steve Smith , presents Founding Member, Bart Potter, with the Duval Award for his 18 years of outstanding volunteer service to HFIA.

Former Vice-President Bart Potter, a wood specialist and founding member of HFIA, ended his 18th year of dedicated service on the HFIA Board.  Travis Idol,an assistant professor with the Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental, Manoa, ended a one year term as Director.Travis remains on the Board of the Hawai'i Forest Institute, HFIA's non-profit affiliate. 


The rest of the HFIA Board of Directors are: Kip Dunbar, Owner of Kainalu Ranch; Tai Lake, Owner of Tai Lake Fine Woodworking; Larry Nitz, Researcher with Kula Mill Farms, Inc.; Sally Rice, Vice-President of Agro Resources, Inc.; Steve Smith, Principal of Forestry Management Consultants Hawaii; Jay Warner, Owner of Awapuhi Farms & Mill; and Ed Winkler, General Manager of Winkler Woods, LLC. 

Click here to see the 2008 Annual General Report
Ka'upulehu Dryland Forest Report

By Wilds Pihanui Brawner-Ka'upulehu Site Manager

       Wilds Brawner Interpreter
        Wilds Brawner hosting visitors at Ka'upulehu

Spring has sprung in the forest, as the kauila and uhiuhi are setting seed. The hau hele ula are getting ready to put on a show of floral mastery, as the endangered forest vine, Bonamia menziesii, grows rampant from past outplants.


            Craig Bickle Scanner

   Hibiscadelphus hualalaiensus blossom Ka'upulehu Forest


Continuing projects are being fulfilled as we are well on our way to reach 500 outplanted plants per year, along with the first outplants put in the ground within the National Tropical Botanical Garden's mauka enclosure for the first time in roughly 10 years! And as the dry season approaches, so does fire season, so firebreak maintenance has been in the works overtime for the past few weeks. Besides that, at least three school groups are scheduled for visits for April and May when youthful energy and laughter will fill the understory.

A hui hou!


Malama Ka'upulehu

Aloha 'aina,

Learn more about Ka'upulehu Dryland Forest
Wilds Brawner is the new Ka'upulehu Site Manager. He is a graduate of Hawaii Preparatory Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, with a major in Environmental Horticultural Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Photos:Patrick Trask, Deborah Griffiths
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, 2008


2008 Nahele Dry Forest Symposium

February 22, 2008


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

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


Click here to view reports and presentations related to all of the above events: 




Articles of Interest
March 2008
Please click on links.

Mahalo New and Renewing Members   

March 2008

Corporate ($300)

Guy Gilliland-Member Representative, Hamakua Biomass Holding


Business ($125)

Steve Smith-Principal, Forestry Management Consultants HI

Jay Warner- Awapuhi Farms & Mill


Individual ($35)

Nick Dudley- Hawaii Agriculture Research Center

J.B. Friday, Ph.D.- Extension Forester, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)

Scott Giarman

William E. Kleiner-President, Western Timber Services, Inc.

Christy Martin

Jeff Rivera-Ranch Manager, Kaua'i Ranch

Scott Rolles-Landowner, Kapua Koa Forest

Myles W. Spann, Jr.

Terry Tusher


Your Membership Counts

Membership Benefits


-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


To access an application click here:


Let someone know more about HFIA.



Honolulu Airport &
Advertising Opportunities
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.
Contact Heidi Wild for airport exhibits:  or 808-587-7048.
Member Notice Board

Native Hawaiian Sandalwood Seeds for sale

Grown at 2,000 ft. elevation on the dry side of Waimea, these seeds come from native Iliahi trees, the variety, Santalum Freycinetianum, variety ellipticum. They are hearty trees, producing healthy seeds and they germinate easily if you know the methods.  Seller will assist with information.


Priced at $100.00 per pound (LOTS of seeds in a pound)...or owner willing to donate to a worthy group doing re-forestation programs.


Please call 808-345-2130 (cell) and leave name and return number if no personal answer.

Mahalo...Shay Bintliff


The HFIA Association E-News
If you have suggestions, content or images that you would like to contribute to the HFIA Association
E-News please contact Development Coordinator, Deborah Griffiths,, or Executive Director, Heather Gallo,

                                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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