Trees for Honolulu's Future

Honolulu is Hot! Trees are Cool!

Honolulu, HI   |  www.treesforhonolulu.org

Mission

We: 1) Educate our citizenry on the multiple benefits of trees (such as cooling our streets absorbing storm water, and adding beauty to our lives); 2) Facilitate the planning, planting, and maintenance of trees in a sustainable urban forest; and 3) Coordinate and reinforce the tree-planting and maintenance endeavors of public, private, and nonprofit entities. TREES ARE COOL...AND WE THANK YOU!

Ruling year info

2017

President

Mr. Daniel Dinell

Main address

PO Box 12051

Honolulu, HI 96828 USA

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EIN

81-4639152

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hawaii’s environment is undergoing climate change with record land and ocean temperatures, along with major shifts in longstanding weather patterns coupled with challenges posed by sea level rise. Trees provide myriad benefits to help address this situation. Yet, urban Honolulu, the state's largest city, is losing trees. Trees for Honolulu's Future fulfill a critical function not currently provided by other organizations working in the environmental space around trees. We are a collaborative, umbrella advocacy organization that builds bridges among public/private entities and communities by working in concert with and through them to accomplish mutual goals.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Tree Planting

Community-based initiative starting with inventory through citizen foresters; designing; implementing; caring for trees

Population(s) Served
Adults

Working with partners to increase urban Honolulu's tree canopy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total percent of forest cover for the service area

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses, Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

35% Canopy by 2035

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percentage of urban tree canopy in Honolulu; this is a percentage. It is measured every 4-6 years as the process of doing an aerial survey using LiDAR technology is quite expensive and involved.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Trees for Honolulu's Future’s vision is a tree-filled Oahu that preserves and enhances our quality of life, especially in the face of climate change.

Our mission is to: 1) educate our citizenry on the multiple benefits of trees; 2) facilitate the planning, planting, and maintenance of trees in a sustainable urban forest; and 3) coordinate and reinforce the tree-planting and maintenance endeavors of public, private, and nonprofit entities. Our work benefits the people of Hawaii and its physical environment/well-being.

Our overall goal is increasing Honolulu’s urban canopy to 35% by 2035. (Currently at 22%.) See below for more specific goals/objectives.

GOAL 1: INCREASED AND MORE ROBUST CANOPY IN URBAN HONOLULU

Objective 1: By 2022, reduce Honolulu’s current net canopy loss from about 1% annually to 0% (no net loss for year), setting the stage for net increases thereafter. Long-term, TFHF will work with public agencies, nonprofits, private organizations and individuals to encourage and facilitate a net canopy increase from 20% of the urban Honolulu footprint in 2013 to 35% by 2035.

Objective 2: Based on experiences and research during this Strategic Plan, be able by late 2022 to specify subsequent Strategic Plan targets that break down future canopy increases in realistic specific numbers for future time periods.

Objective 3: Publish/disseminate (a) a guide to cost, shade, and other factors for choosing best trees for initial tree planting in various parts of O‘ahu; and (b) a short summary of ways to solve problems that may lead to removal of healthy trees.

Objective 4: Have new professional positions that coordinate with the community and more effective laws that support tree planting in City and State forestry related agencies.

Objective 5: Based on experience in pursuing the above objectives, be able by late 2022 to generate a new TFHF strategic plan that will contain more quantified baseline and future targets for improved canopy characteristics.

GOAL 2: GREATER SUPPORT FOR CANOPY AMONG GENERAL COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDERS MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT TREES

Objective 1: Develop/implement research-based communication plan for raising awareness among the general O‘ahu public of canopy issues and ways to help.

Objective 2: Design and field a statistically valid countywide survey of resident perceptions of and attitudes toward importance of canopy growth. Include a few core questions suitable for repeating in future surveys over time.

Objective 3: Develop and begin to implement a tactical plan for engaging community leaders and organizations in tree planting and management in their locales.

Educate! Some people dislike trees in urban environments because they can break up sidewalks/roadways, create "trash", block views, or cost too much to maintain. Our strategy is to acknowledge these downsides and stress, "don't blame the tree"; it comes down to RIGHT TREE. RIGHT PLACE. RIGHT CARE.

Trees for Honolulu's Future hosted a major urban forestry conference, successfully advocated for increasing urban forestry resources, initiating a resource-laden website, and actively engaged in social media channels.

Two major problems are common around tree planting initiatives in urban areas: 1) lack of concentration, and 2) not addressing care and maintenance. We are addressing both through a community-based initiative called "Trees for Kaimuki":

1) By planting a street or park tree here and there, not only is there little visual impact, it is difficult to maintain the trees in such a scattered approach. Since it’s not feasible to address the entire island’s needs simultaneously, we started this initiative, that has garnered the support of the City & County of Honolulu ($500,000 in funding) and technical support from the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. This is serving as a demonstration project to show the impact of a comprehensive initiative. In the process it will become a replicable community-based model, with appropriate learnings and modifications incorporated, for other communities on Oahu.

2) For tree plant survival to have the greatest likelihood of success, community participation in the planning, planting and maintenance steps is essential. Trees for Kaimuki signs up residents/business owners who commit to caring for the tree planted on City-owned rights of ways.

We've also received a State of Hawaii grant award to collaborate with Honolulu Theatre for Youth on a theatrical production on the benefit of trees that will reach 15,000 children, their schools, and families.

Partnered, for the third consecutive year, with Healthy Climate Communities on “We Love Trees” student art exhibit, involving hundreds of children.

Other strategies we are working on:
- Collaborating to update tree canopy LiDAR data.
- Gathering, with assistance from the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife, scattered references to trees in existing laws/administrative rules to draft a unified tree ordinance.
- Engaging with State Department of Education officials on trees in schools.
- Working on App for tropical trees that would result in an online way to help interested people find a tree that fits their desires and location.

Trees for Honolulu's Future has a 13-member volunteer Board that represents a cross-section of organizations, private, public, non-profit, working in the urban tree space. These volunteers are augmented by an esteemed Panel of Advisers. SEE: https://www.treesforhonolulu.org/about

We've adopted an achievable 4-year strategic plan. (Downloadable at: https://www.treesforhonolulu.org/)

Working with partners, we are making progress in meeting our goals.

What we have accomplished so far in 2019:
- Adopted a four-year Strategic Plan with a mission to

- Initiated the community-based Trees for Kaimuki project in cooperation with EnVision Kaimuki, the City’s Division of Urban Forestry, Smart Trees Pacific, The Outdoor Circle, and the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. [Continuing Project]
Secured $500,000 CIP appropriation in City budget for Trees for Kaimuki. [Continuing Project]

- Received State of Hawaii Kaulunani grant award to collaborate with Honolulu Theatre for Youth on a theatrical production on the benefit of trees that will reach 15,000 children, their schools, and families. [Continuing Project]

- Partnered, for the third consecutive year, with Healthy Climate Communities on “We Love Trees” student art exhibit, involving hundreds of keiki. [Continuing Project]

- Published op-ed pieces in support of our mission (go to: https://www.treesforhonolulu.org/news):
What Honolulu needs is the right tree, in the right place, getting the right care (Civil Beat, 3/19/19)
If Only Trees Could Talk (Civil Beat, 6/12/19)
Ala Moana Trees a Welcome Addition (Star-Advertiser, 9/8/19)
Featured by The Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations. (11/25/2019)
Founding President Emeritus Tom Dinell penned a letter to the editor entitled “Artificial turf reminds us of imperative for trees” (12/20/2019)

- Website unique visitors in 2019 vs. 2018, up 72%; visits up 51%; pageviews up 63%. Updated site that includes sharing news/events and link to the City Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency’s online platform to record newly planted trees. [Continually updating web and social media]

How we listen

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Trees for Honolulu's Future

Board of directors
as of 3/1/2021
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Board chair

Mr. Daniel Dinell

Roxanne Adams

University of Hawaii

Kevin Eckert

Arbor Global USA

Tom Dinell

University of Hawaii

Tom Fee

HHF Planners

Matthew Gonser

City & County of Honolulu

John Knox

JMK & Associates

Wai Lee

Smart Trees Pacific

Robyn Loundermilk

Lisa Marten

Healthy Climate Communities

Daniel Simonich

ProsPac

Winston Welch

The Outdoor Cirlc

Daniel Dinell

Trees for Honolulu's Future

Sharon Gi

Hunt Development

Travis Ito

Blue Logic Labs

Hilarie Alomar

Kamehameha Schools

Organizational demographics

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