Kīpuka Mosaic – Irwin, Volcano

A donated Conservation Easement of one acre situated just north of the 25,000 acre Kahauale‘a State Natural Area Reserve.  This small parcel is part of a larger effort by HILT and community members in Volcano to protect kīpuka, small oases of intact forest canopy in an area that is increasingly being developed.  These oases provide green corridors for birds, butterflies and other insects to use while moving around the forest and onto adjacent protected lands such as The Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Kahauale‘a State Natural Area Reserve and Ola‘a Forest Reserve.

When I purchased the property next to my home in 2004, I immediately knew that this wonderful native ‘ohi‘a forest should be preserved in perpetuity. Finally, the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust’s Kīpuka Mosaic Project has become a reality and I am delighted to add my parcel to this beautifully conceived idea.
— Linda Jane Irwin