Lei are just one of many non-timber forest products.
Credit Coconut Coast Condo
When we think of forests and the economy, we think of logging and timber as a product of the forest resource. There are however a plethora of products that come from the forest, that aren't timber at all.
Most of us are at least partially aware of the benefits that the forest provides for us, but the depth of the relationship between our society and the forest probably escapes us. We examine the depth of the relationship that defines life in the Hawaiian islands.
The Earth is constantly changing. Mountains rise and fall, the forces that shape our ʻaina are unceasing. Erosion is one such consequence of the constant jostling of environmental forces, such as wind, rain, glaciation, and volcanism. We take a look at how these forces shape the ʻaina.
The great outdoors beckons us. We roam the forest trails of Hawaiʻi gazing with wonder and quiet reflection at the forest around us. The trails we walk take us on a journey not only through the beauty of the natural world, but also through paths trodden by those who came before in times past.
Water, it is the single most important ingredient for life on planet Earth, and for life in the Hawaiian Islands. The ecosystems of the Hawaiian Islands are entirely dependent on water for their survival, as are the humans that inhabit these islands.