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    Kona Hema Preserve
    (Island of Hawai`i)

    The Conservancy's 5,821-acre Kona Hema Preserve protects part of an ancient koa-`ohi`a forest that spans more than 100,000 acres along the leeward coast of the Island of Hawai`i.

    Here on the slopes of Mauna Loa fly the endangered Hawaiian hawk, or `io, the Hawaiian hoary bat, and globally unique native songbird species: the `apapane, `i`iwi, `elepaio, and `amakihi. After more than a century of logging, grazing and invasion by weeds and feral animals, the biological viability of this region is threatened.

    In 1999 and 2000, the Conservancy acquired two adjoining parcels at Honomalino and at Kapu`a in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

    The Conservancy is now working with neighboring landowners to create a model for achieving large-scale forest restoration along the entire Kona Coast.




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