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Sustainable Species

Protect and Perpetuate

Given this valuable resource, Grove Farm initiated projects to protect and perpetuate rare species – for birds and plants. Over the years, several projects have taken flight to promote awareness, education, and environmentally responsible land management. Grove Farm has also partnered with schools to educate and provide hands-on learning experiences and bring awareness to our keiki.

Nēnē Habitat at Kapaia Reservoir

In conjunction with building the Waiahi Surface Water Treatment Plant, Grove Farm worked with the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife to create a dedicated habitat for nēnē, the Hawaiian goose. The birds were moved from areas next to the Lihue Airport, where both the birds posed significant danger for aircraft.

The habitat created for the nēnē is located on the banks of Kapaia Reservoir and has been home to about 100 goslings over the years. Since nēnē geese like to “imprint” themselves where they grew up, this habit instinctively brings them back to their place of birth. Today, the nēnē can be seen in great numbers all along the habitat and its surrounding area.

As a result of this habitat, and other projects on the island, nēnē goose numbers have increased to the point where they could be taken off the endangered species list, which has long been our goal.

Iliahi Ecological Restoration

Grove Farm began its first Ecological Restoration project at Iliahi, the historic Lihue Plantation Manager’s home, with the assistance of over 200 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. In partnership with Kaua‘i Community College, the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Makauwahi Cave Reserve, the Scouts were able to plant nearly 1,000 native plants, trees, shrubs and grasses over a two-acre site. Since the program’s inception in November 2006, over one thousand Kaua‘i students have visited Grove Farm's Ecological Restoration at Iliahi to learn and to nurture the existing 2,500 plantings of native and canoe plants.

Recently, Grove Farm has begun another ecological restoration project on the banks of the Kapaia Reservoir. The area was the primary set location for Disney’s filming of Jungle Cruise. The plantings will include native hardwoods, medicinal plants, species that are used in cooking various ethnic meals, fruit trees, and varieties of ferns and flowers that are used to make traditional lei.

Maile Propogation and Shadehouse

Grove Farm founder G.N. Wilcox was an inveterate planter, not only of food crops, but of timber plants and curiosities. A century and a half later, Grove Farm personnel collected seeds from the prized lei plant maile (Alyxia oliviformis) and sprouted seedlings in a small greenhouse. The goal was to restore the natural stock of these scented vines.

Based on the successful propagation, hundreds of the maile seedlings were out planted in Iliiliula, which is the mountainous area near the base of Mt. Waialeale. Our goal was to increase the population of this prized plant which is used for maile lei.

Other Sustainability Initiatives

Grove Farm's vision is to build a sustainable Kaua'i by being a leader in social entrepreneurship and island-enhancing activities while remaining deeply committed to preserving the island's cultural and historical linkages - whether it be through the preservation of historic sites, promoting alternative energy sources, supporting agriculture and food production, education and propagation of plants, encouraging a healthy lifestyle or protecting water sources.

Learn about other initiatives