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Hawai`i   Forest Industry Association News
Volume 3 Issue 4
June 2008
Legislative Review
2008 Conferences & Events
Articles of Interest
Mahalo New & Renewing Members!
Your Membership Counts
Your Association E-News
 Quick Links 
Mike Robinson, President
Lloyd Jones,Vice President
Mats Fogelvik, Secretary
Peter Simmons,Treasurer


William Cowern
Stephen Smith


Nick Dudley
Lloyd Jones


Kip Dunbar
Mats Fogelvik


Peter Simmons
Mike Robinson


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

Executive DIRECTOR

Heather Gallo
Deborah Griffiths


         Legislative Review


Dear HFIA Members,
Attached is the latest listing of bills that HFIA was following at the end of session and below is my Legislative Review.  Of the 40 bills on our listing:
20 did not make cross-over;
7 died in conference or were re-referred;
1 was vetoed by the Governor - has not been overridden;
8 await Governor's action; and
4 have been finalized.
From a May 7th Press Release:
"The Governor has until July 8 to sign, veto or allow the measures to become law without her signature.  Of the 294 bills passed this session, 71 have already become law or were vetoed.
The remaining 223 bills are being carefully reviewed by the Governor's policy team, as well as the Attorney General's office for legal implications, the Department of Budget and Finance for fiscal and budgetary implications, and appropriate departments and agencies. 
As she has done in prior years, the Governor is seeking comments on bills from the public, including individuals, businesses, industry and professional associations, nonprofit groups, and community organizations statewide.  In addition, the Administration is soliciting input from the counties, law enforcement agencies and state boards and commissions."
If there are any questions, please contact me at
Heidi Wild
HFIA Legislative Consultant 

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 to members who have provided event information!

Land Clearing Options for Hawaii's Landowners
New Technologies for Getting the Job Done 
HFIA and HFI invite you to attend this exciting workshop in Hile on June 7th.
Click here for more information.
Furniture 08: State of the Craft
The Furniture Society Annual Conference 
June 18-21 2008
Purchase College, Purchase New York
Click here for more details
Ag Technology Field Day 
Hawaii Agricultural Research Center
Kunia Sub Station

To view more HFIA news and events follow this link:



Articles of Interest
Please click on links
A plan to stop the spread of strawberry guava by bringing in a natural insect enemy is drawing fire from those who see the plant as a source of food and more.

Recently released data state that 19 billion tons (tons!) of carbon dioxide were released into the atmosphere last year and even more weight in methane gas. When one adds in the sulfur and ash from the volcano

Mahalo New and Renewing Members   

June 2008
Corporate ($300)
Mary and Eric Bello-Bello's Millwork Inc.
Gwen Gomes-Secretary/Treasurer, Honomalino Wood Mill Inc.
Fred and Connie Smales-Owners, Plywood Hawaii, Inc.
Business ($125)
Curtis Wilmington-Owner, Hawaiian Accessories, Inc.
Charles Gerdes-Owner, Kalaau Graphics
Hidetaka Yamauchi-President, Yamaichi Fancy Veneer
Individual ($35)
Edwin Ikeda
Herb Kaneko
Frederic Peel- Giving Trees
Martha Peterson
Charles W. Spitz- Economic Development Specialist, County of Kaua'i
Scott Sullivan
Adel Youkhana-Graduate Student (PhD Candidate), University of Hawaii at Manoa,



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 and nationeide;
-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 Woodshow 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 Wood 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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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.
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 Hawai'i 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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