The Nature Conservancy on the Big Island

Since 1980, the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii has been working to preserve the natural beauty of the Islands of Hawaii that we know and love. Primarily focused on climate change, coral reefs, forests, and invasive species, the Conservancy is proactive in monitoring and promoting a low-impact lifestyle on the natural environment.


The Hawaii Nature Conservancy protects watersheds and natural resources on Mauna Loa, Kilauea, and Hualalai mountains

Big Island Conservation

On the Big Island, the Nature Conservancy protects watersheds and natural resources on Mauna Loa, Kiluaea, and Hualalai mountains. They have partnered with the State’s Kulani Correctional Facility to train and educate inmates on sustainability and nurturing of native species, while providing them an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with native reforestation, propagation, etc. At Kamehame Beach in Ka’u, the Conservancy conducts daily monitoring to protect sea turtle nests at the frequented nesting spot.

Sea Turtles Sunset

The Nature Conservancy conducts daily monitoring of popular sea turtle nesting spots

Conservation Education

In addition to the current projects here on the islands, the Nature Conservancy regularly hosts a variety of field trips to educate on sustainable practices and environmental issues. The Palmyra Atoll, 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, is a research center, national marine monument, and popular destination for these conservation tours.

Kohala Coastline

Marine environments are a central focus of the Hawaii Nature Conservancy

For More Information

To join a tour, volunteer, donate, or become a member of the Hawaii Nature Conservancy, visit their website.

Photos compliments of Ian Lindsey Photography.

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