Conservation Almanac




Hawaii Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs


Highlighted State Programs


State Policy Framework



To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Local Conservation Programs Include:

    Hawaii County, HI

    Honolulu County, HI

    Kauai County, HI

    Maui County, HI

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2011 550.9 $1,893,000
2010 162.9 $11,361,970
2009 0.0 $480,000
2008 0.0 $711,719
2007 1.8 $1,902,120
2006 100.0 $4,767,632
2005 0.0 $996,200
2004 277.0 $3,621,523
1999 1.0 $0
Totals 1,093.6 $25,734,165

Highlighted State Programs

Hawaii Legacy Land Conservation Program

In 2005, The Legacy Land Conservation Program was created to provide a funding infusion to the long dormant Land Conservation Fund* within the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) by earmarking 10 percent of conveyance tax revenues (real estate transfer tax). The Program, managed by DLNR, funds the acquisition of natural areas, affordable housing, and provides additional funding to the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, specifically the Natural Area Reserve Fund.

*Hawaii Revised Statutes §247-2

2011 17.1 $5,669,824
2010 0.0 $3,337,381
2009 210.4 $2,650,651
2008 409.7 $3,382,000
2007 0.0 $1,100,000
Total637.1 $16,139,856

Hawaii State Parks

Within DLNR, Hawaii’s state park system owns land on all of the five major islands; Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Kauai, and Oahu. Acquisitions are made through general fund appropriations and federal conservation funding sources including the Land and Water Conservation Fund, NOAA Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, and U.S. Department of Defense – Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program.

2007 0.0 $1,000,000
2005 1.2 $600,000
2001 344.0 $7,500,000
Total345.2 $9,100,000

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

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State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.