ʻŌhiʻa Lani

Hawaiʻi, United States

Terraformation’s ʻŌhiʻa Lani restoration site will eventually become a misty, wet tropical forest with trees over 100 feet tall. The land was cleared and used for cattle grazing for decades, degrading the soils and destroying the forest. This site receives as much as 80 to 100 inches of rain a year, and this rainfall will support the planting and establishment of native Hawaiian wet-forest species.

At this project, Terraformation is planting 25,000 plants of 22 native species to reestablish the native ecosystem. Plants will include ferns, shrubs, berries, and even forest hibiscus. Many of the native species produce food for humans and birds alike, supporting a rich ecosystem. Starting at year 35, we also have plans for a selective, low-impact harvesting process (<1% of trees/year) that will provide high-value timber to support the local community, but in a sustainable way that will preserve the newly created forest.

ʻŌhiʻa Lani restoration site

This land was used for cattle grazing for decades. Terraformation is restoring the site to a diverse wet forest.



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Koa (​​Acacia koa)
Māmaki (Pipturus albidus)
ʻIliahi (Santalum paniculatum)
Kāwaʻu (Ilex anomala)
'Ōhiʻa lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha)
(Dodonaea viscosa)
(Myrsine lessertiana)

ʻŌhiʻa Lani restoration site

A koa tree — one of the top species at ʻŌhiʻa Lani — can reach 100 feet tall, making them powerful carbon-sequestering machines.


ʻŌhiʻa Lani receives as much as 100 inches of rain a year.


The view of the ocean from Terraformation's other site, Pacific Flight at Kaupalaoa.

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Read about one of Terraformation’s other pilot sites, Pacific Flight at Kaupalaoa, here.


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