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Hawaii Forest Institute

Buying, Selling, & Leasing Can Help Promote Forest Conservation

The Hawaii Forest Institute (HFI) not only works to protect the unique Hawaiian forests, but also offers a wide variety of hands-on educational opportunities to the people who depend on them. They are a leader in forest and animal conservation in Hawaii and an active collaborator with other organizations around the world. As a member of Investing In Communities®, HFI can receive funding as a result of brokered real estate transactions – home sales, home purchases, and  commercial leases. As more supporters use this platform, at no cost to themselves, before engaging a real estate agent,  Hawaii Forest Institute will have more resources to connect the community to nature through education and protect the environment through conservation campaigns. 

Incorporated in 2003, Hawaii Forest Institute responds to the ever growing need for education on conservation issues. In hopes of restoring the Hawaiian forests and preventing further damage and exploitation, HFI partners with zoos, parks, guilds, and educational campaigns to enlighten the community to the significance of preserving the forests and the native wildlife. Notable projects include the Healthy and Productive Forests Campaign, the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program, the Honolulu Zoo Discovery Forest, and the Hawaii Wood Guild.

Healthy and Productive Forests Campaign

At the heart of the Healthy and Productive Forests Campaign is a passion to educate the population, from policy makers to students, on the importance of strategic forest conservation methods. Change and action is required to conserve exhaustible natural resources on the islands, but education is both the first step and an ongoing process. 

Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program

HFI partners with and supports the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program along with the Hawaii Conservation Alliance. The program seeks to protect endangered bird species in forests across Hawaii, as well as to reintroduce bird populations across the state. 

Honolulu Zoo Discovery Forest

Along with its partners, Hawaii Forest Institute is building the Honolulu Zoo Discovery Forest, an educational experience designed to offer a glimpse of the Hawaiian forests before the arrival of humans. Boy and Girl Scout troops are encouraged to come and support the discovery forest, which will serve as an excellent resource for educators and conservationists across the state. 

Hawaii Wood Guild

Hawaii Forest Institute supports the Hawaii Wood Guild, a network of Hawaiian woodworkers committed to responsible stewardship of the forests. The guild celebrates the talented wood workers of Hawaii while promoting responsible forest conservation methods. 

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Promotes Sustainable Forest Stewardship

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about forest conservation can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Hawaii Forest Institute. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support their mission by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?

Location: O'okala, Hawaii

Focus Area: Community Development, Environment

Budget: $500k - $1 million

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As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Hawaii Forest Institute is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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