About HFIA

Celebrating 27 years of promoting healthy & productive forests

Established in 1989, Hawai'i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) is a nonprofit corporation founded by people dedicated to responsible forest management. HFIA's programs promote healthy and productive forests, increased business in Hawaii's estimated $30.7 million annual forest industry, and more jobs within the sector.

HFIA’s many projects and activities include:

HFIA Slide Presentation

HFIA's purposes are to:

  • Manage and encourage sound forestry practices for the benefit of our forests and the forest industry;
  • Promote the health of Hawaii's forests;
  • Promote public relations for the Hawai'i forest industry and to stimulate interest, use and involvement in the forest products industry;
  • Provide members and others with opportunities for dialog, education, advancement, and improvement in all aspects of the Hawai'i forest industry;
  • Promote, foster and develop industry standards, research and develop-ment, quality control and industry integrity in the State of Hawai'i;
  • Articulate and advocate as a focused voice the needs and interests of the forest industry before local, state and federal governments; and
  • Operate as an official trade association of the Hawai'i forest industry for the purpose of promoting a common business interest.

Directors,Staff, and Contractors


Nicholas Koch, President
Don Bryan, Vice President
Peter D. Simmons, Secretary
Wade Lee, Treasurer


Jeremey Campbell
Gilles Lebbe
Michael Tam
Philipp Lahaela Walter
Thomas Calhoun
Mike Donoho
Nicholas Koch
Peter D. Simmons
Don Bryan
John C. Cross
Douglas Gordon
Aaron Hammer
Tai Lake
Wade Lee
Allan Parachini
Jorma Winkler
Aileen Yeh

Staff and Contractors

Executive Director
Heather Gallo Simmons

Administrative Services
Sophia Cabral-Maikui

Dryland Site Manager
Wilds Pihanui Brawner

Dryland Restoration Technician
Kekaulike Tomich

Biological Services
Jill Wagner, Future Forests Nursery

Agro Resources
Site Maintenance
Legislative Consultant
Sophia Cabral-Maikui

Dryland Outreach Coordinator
Yvonne Yarber-Carter

Cultural Educator
Keoki Apokolani Carter

Cultural Educator
Ku’ulei Keakealani

Dryland Outreach Assistant
Lehua Alapai
Hawaii's Woodshow™ Coordinator
Beth Kuch

Public Relations
Current Events-Ross Willson


Hawai'i Forest Industry Association endorses, advocates and supports healthy and productive forests in Hawaii. We welcome membership from anyone interested in our mission. Membership does not imply that the Association endorses the actions of individual members.

All investments are subject to risk. Knowledgeable and active investors have increasingly chosen forestry and associated natural resource investment opportunities to provide diversity, alternate, contra cyclical and longer term stability to a portfolio.

Investments in forests are inherently long term commitments subject, but not limited to, assorted variables including market fluctuation of timber and timberland prices; unpredictability of production costs; relative illiquidity compared to stocks and other financial assets; environmental hazards such as fire, storms, pest infestation, disease, animal damage, and theft as well as regulatory risk such as legislation related to land use and threatened or endangered species.

While established, world renowned timber species are being grown in Hawaii, investments in all Hawaiian timber species do not yet have the experience of a life cycle investment and, as such, have additional unique risks.

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