Hawaii State Natural Area Reserves System

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The State of Hawai‘i created the Natural Area Reserves System, or NARS in 1971, to preserve and protect examples of Hawaiian biological ecosystems and geological formations. The system presently consist of 19 reserves on five islands , encompassing more than 109,000 acres of the State's most unique ecosystems. The diverse areas found in the NARS range from marine and coastal environments to lava flows, tropical rainforests, and even an alpine desert. Within these areas one can find rare plants and animals, many of which are on the edge of extinction. The reserves also protect some of the major watershed areas which provide our vital sources of fresh water.

The Natural Area Reserves System is administered by the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Currently, management teams are working to control the encroachment of non-native plants and animals which threaten the existence of the natural biota on the reserves.

Hawaii's 19 Natural Area Reserves

KAUA‘I: TWO RESERVES

  1. Hono O Nä Pali
  2. Ku‘ia


O‘AHU: THREE RESERVES

  1. Ka‘ala
  2. Ka‘ena Point
  3. Pahole


MOLOKA‘I: TWO RESERVES

  1. Oloku‘i
  2. Pu‘u Ali‘i


MAUI: FOUR RESERVES

  1. ‘Ähihi-Kïna‘u
  2. Hanawï
  3. Kanaio
  4. West Maui


HAWAI‘I: EIGHT RESERVES

  1. Kahauale‘a
  2. Kipähoehoe
  3. Laupähoehoe
  4. Manukä
  5. Mauna Kea Ice Age
  6. Pu‘u Maka‘ala
  7. Pu‘u O ‘Umi
  8. Waiäkea 1942 Lava Flow


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