Thoughtful opinion piece on Moving Hawaii Beyond the Pandemic (of course trees are mentioned!) by Karl Kim, Ph.D., professor of urban and regional planning and executive director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii. (3/26/2021)
“Disappearing Trees” (Honolulu Magazine, February 2021) highlights the good work and urgency of taking action for urban trees.
TFHF Director Dr. Lisa Marten quoted in this Civil Beat feature “What Has The Pandemic Taught Us About Climate Change?” (9/7/2020)
Learn about TFHF’s Trees for Kaimuki initiative featured in a Instagram TV interview (6/30/2020).
Excellent Insight “Take Care of Nature, Which Cares for Us” in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (6/10/2020) by Ulalia Woodside of The Nature Conservancy in Hawai’i and TFHF Panel of Adviser Member. We are indeed interconnected and this period of pause gives us additional perspective. Ho’ola ‘aina, ho’oulu lahui: when we care for nature, nature will care for us.
In “improve walk and bike ways, plus add trees”, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (6/9/2020), Anthony Chang, active with TFHF partner Hawai’i Bicycling League, points to how trees add to the overall livability in support of healthier, active lifestyles.
The Outdoor Circle also featured prominently in the national publication Arbor Day (May/June 2020 issue), for its work helping East Hawaii Island recover from natural calamity.
Prominent in investigating the removal of trees at Magic Island is TFHF Director Winston Welch. Get the latest in this Star-Advertiser article (4/30/2020).
TFHF panel of adviser member Jeff Mikulina coauthored this Star-Advertiser OpEd (4/22/2020) noting the parallels in the necessary response to coronavirus with climate change that appeared, suitably so, on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.
TFHF panel of advisers members Makena Coffman and Josh Stanbro quoted in this timely Civil Beat piece (2/20/2020) on mapping Honolulu and identifying where its hottest.
Facebook post (1/21/2020) from Oahu Trees featuring our President Daniel Dinell and a bit of his, and our, story. (You may need to scroll down to find depending on your settings.)
This Commonweal article, Laudato si’ in an Old-Growth Forest (12/30/2019), outlines how no individual plant or animal, and indeed no species, exists in isolation. It identifies three connected lessons that an old-growth forest gives us humans: 1) creation is profoundly interrelated; 2) interrelatedness is not simply a truth about ecology that we observe; and 3) attentiveness can bring the limits of our knowledge into our moral imagination.
Founding President Emeritus Tom Dinell penned a letter to the editor entitled “Artificial turf reminds us of imperative for trees” (12/20/2019)
Learn more about us and trees in this feature by The Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations. (11/25/2019)
Do trees talk? Interesting article on a book that says “YES”. A teaser: “Every tree, therefore, is valuable to the community and worth keeping around for as long as possible. And that is why even sick individuals are supported and nourished until they recover. Next time, perhaps it will be the other way round, and the supporting tree might be the one in need of assistance. […] A tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it.”
Honolulu isn’t unique. Check out how Los Angeles is struggling (and addressing) its lack of shade, particularly the unevenness of urban tree canopy.
This Civil Beat piece (10/17/2019) quotes by TFHF Panel of Adviser Member Camilo Mora and Director Matt Gonser. Its a good reminder that getting to a goal is usually never a straight line or easy.
More Trees Need to Combat Greenhouse Gases (9/29/2019) column makes the case for trees and features Panel of Adviser Dr. Camilo Mora and his work/goals for this year, next year, and the future.
Fascinating summary of a study on the heat island effect that quantifying the percent canopy coverage needed to make a difference from the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators website. This is an indication that the work Trees for Honolulu’s Future, our partners, and countless other groups, around the nation, is capturing the attention of policymakers.
Is this the New Normal? (9/23/2019) Civil Beat article on climate change in Hawaii features TFHF Board Member Matt Gonser and Panel of Adviser Camilo Mora.
National news reinforces the value of our local efforts. These National Public Radio stories (9/3/2019) and (9/4/2019) about trees, their benefits and the link to wealth/poverty are worth a listen/read.
Gold Standard. TFHF mentioned in this heartfelt Honolulu Magazine (July 2019) column on trees.
Speak for the trees! Founding President Emeritus Tom Dinell pens a unique approach to underscoring the value of trees in this Civil Beat piece.
Innovation in Action! The City Administration is looking out for trees. We have a representative from the City & County of Honolulu on our Board — Matt Gonser — as well as numerous City officials on our Panel of Advisers.
Sobering. Josh Sanbro, member of Trees for Honolulu’s Future Panel of Advisers, and head of Honolulu’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, is quoted in this timely piece (May 19, 2019) on the changing level of carbon in our atmosphere.
“Urban Honolulu has lost 76,000 trees in the last four years, aerial survey finds” (April 15, 2019) Video coverage of Trees for Kaimuki initiative working to make change and reverse this disturbing trend.
“Follow Civil Beat’s Lead on Planting Trees” (March 19, 2019) TFHF Executive Director, Daniel Dinell on Civil Beat staff taking a lead on planting trees and introducing a new initiative, Trees for Kaimuki.
UH Mānoa trees nationally recognized 10th straight year (February 26, 2019) Features Board Member, Roxanne Adams and the great work of her team!
“Mayor wants to plant 100,000 tress in urban Honolulu by 2025” (March 9, 2018) Video coverage on the March 9, 2018 Trees for Honolulu’s Future conference
Mayor Caldwell Announces Goal of 35% Urban Canopy by 2035 (March 2, 2018) Video of the Mayor’s announcement accompanied by a tree planting.