For the past five years, we have been working hard on the land and in our community to promote the unique and important wiliwili forest that we all treasure. We know that there is tremendous support for the forest restoration work that we have undertaken and we want you to know that our efforts are paying off.
As you enter the preserve today, it becomes obvious that the ecosystem is transforming; you can see the yellow blossoms of the 'ilima, the showy flowers of the ma'o hau hele and smell the sweet fragrance of the kolomona. It can be difficult work to restore native forest in such challenging environment, but in just a few years the native plants have reclaimed large areas of the forest preserve. These incredibly resilient species have changed the look, the feel, the composition and the color of the landscape. Imagine what the next five years will bring!
With your help, we can ensure a bright (green) future for the forest in Waikoloa. It is our responsibility to make sure that the critically endangered lowland dry forest is here for future generations to learn from and to benefit from.
As we re-grow the forest and our forest-based educational programs, we are also expanding our staff and improving our visitor experiences. This year we are investing in our educational programs, expanding our after-school program and, with generous support from Albert D. Rich we will be breaking ground on our visitor's pavilion early in 2017! This amazing addition to the forest preserve will allow us to better serve our community of students and teachers that visit the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve to learn from the unique natural resources and our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff.
We have also been offered a generous challenge grant from the Will J. Reid Foundation, to help us construct our visitor's center. We want to take full advantage of this $15,000 award but we need your help in rising to the challenge. Make your annual gift today and your donation will help us match this grant which will double the impact of every dollar you donate!
We know that you support our work protecting and restoring native forest and that you see the value in our educational programs. Please help us sustain these programs by making a tax-deductible donation today. You can choose to give at one of the donor levels listed or customize the amount of your gift. If you'd like to support our programs with smaller, monthly donations throughout the year, we invite you to subscribe to our monthly giving program which helps us sustain our programs with reliable, monthly income.
Please make your tax-deductible donation online to help us reach our goal and better serve our community and our 'aina! We also accept checks sent to our office address PO Box 384087 Waikoloa, HI 96738. Mahalo for choosing to support our effort to preserve protect and restore the native dryland forest of Waikoloa.
The Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative is an exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN # 45-2589264 and your donation may be tax deductible.
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