Beautiful view of the Idaho Forest where The Gifted Tree has planting projects to plant gift trees.

Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, Big Island, Hawaii

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” – John Muir

Project Description

This Gifted Tree Planting Project is in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, Big Island, Hawaii. The reserve, on the eastern side of the Big Island, is the largest reserve in the state and the highest point in Hawaii.

The purpose of this project is to facilitate and accelerate forest recovery that will effectively mitigate threats of wildfire. Restoration of this forest land will increase ecosystem diversity in these areas, providing habitat for numerous native species, including several endangered and threatened plants and animals. Fire risks will likely diminish as the forest canopy closes and grass densities decline due to increased shading. Changes in soil moisture and wind velocity due to increases in tree size and density should contribute to reduced fire threats. Restoration of the mitigation parcels will provide additional habitat for the endangered Palila and Akiapolaau birds and the Hawaiian Hoary bat. The project will serve as a model for restoration efforts statewide and provide educational benefits through extensive community involvement. The species planted are indigenous to Hawaii and include the Sophora chrysophylla, Koa, Coprosma rhynchocarpa, Chenopodium oahuense, and Santalum paniculatum.

Virtual Tour

You can view the general area of this planting project by clicking on the following link:

Virtual Tour – Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, Hawaii

Once connected to the map, feel free to zoom in and out to get a feel of the general planting
area as well as its location in Hawaii, the United States and the world. Please understand that this is the
general area of the tree planting. Your
tree will be planted among thousands of other gift trees and
is no plaque designating the gift tree and visiting the tree is unfortunately not possible.
Know that the tree planting project is making a monumental difference for the earth and
opening a new doorway to the world for future generations. If you have any questions, please
view our contact information at:

Preserve Their Legacy For Future Generations.

Location listed on tree tribute planting certificate = Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, Big Island, Hawaii

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