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Posted on Dec 15, 2021 in Latest Department News, Newsroom

(Honolulu) – In Hawaiʻi, it helps to be local. That’s the driving principle behind new web and social media content managed by the DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife (DOFAW) which aims to provide easier access to information about natural resources and recreation opportunities depending on where a user is located.

The newly redesigned DOFAW website features a number of user-focused updates, including the ability to filter statewide information by island. The new structure follows a model first used in 2019 by the Kaua’i Forest Users web hub, which consolidates access to Kauaʻi-specific information across DOFAW’s programs for trails, hunting, ecosystem protection, and management of plants and wildlife. The Kauaʻi hub is now joined by the Maui Nui Forest Users, Hawai’i Island Forest Users and O’ahu Forest Users hubs, providing locally relevant information for users across the state. Any hub can be accessed from the main DOFAW homepage by clicking on the menu option for “Island Hubs.” As part of the redesign, the marketing URL previously used for Kauaʻi ( will be phased out, with users instead encouraged to visit the main DOFAW website and then select their island from the top menu.

DOFAW is also developing community-focused social media accounts to highlight local opportunities for volunteering and to celebrate the plants, animals, and areas that make each island unique. These accounts, including the newly launched O’ahu DOFAW and Kaua’i DOFAW accounts on Instagram, are a local complements to the statewide, department-wide Hawaii DLNR accounts. Accounts focusing on forest resources on Hawaiʻi Island or Maui Nui are under discussion.

“Experiencing nature is a very personal thing,” said David Smith, DOFAW Administrator. “Like all our conservation work, it’s rooted in place. We want our outreach to reflect that, and to help people learn and care about what is around them.”

DOFAW has also launched new online learning tools that allow exploration from home or from the classroom, including:

“This is also an equity and accessibility issue for us,” continued Smith. “We want to remove some of the barriers people may have to experiencing public resources. Some of our areas are closed to in-person visits in order to protect rare species, and even for our open areas, there are going to be people who don’t have the physical ability or experience to hike to remote places or travel to reserves on different islands. If people can’t be outdoors in person, we’re going to bring some of what makes Hawaiʻi special to them.”

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(All images/video courtesy: DLNR)

HD video – Going OuterSpatial web feature (July 1, 2021):

HD video – Outerspatial trail demonstration media clips/SOTS (July 1, 2021):

Photographs – OuterSpatial trail demonstration (June 29, 2021):

Media Contact:

AJ McWhorter
Communications Specialist
Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources
[email protected]
808-587-0396 (Communications Office)