In the ahupua’a of Honouliuli, O‘ahu, the Olson Trust stewards 2,687 acres of conservation and agricultural land with many historical and archeological sites. It envisions for this acreage a careful reforestation of native plants, resource conservation, and preservation of the sites. In partnership with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Trust is at work on a soil and water conservation plan for the land.
Randall Stevens, a Board member for the Trust, manages the project as well as its various initiatives. Honouliuli includes Palehua Ranch LLC, which spans 1275 acres that have been granted a conservation easement with Hawaiian Islands Land Trust plus another 879 agricultural acres that host functioning telecommunication sites, including leases for eight cell towers and TV and radio stations. The Olson Trust has donated half an acre of Palehua Ranch to build a nursery for native plants, overseen by Stevens in partnership with Friends of Honouliuli and for the benefit of the mountain.
On another parcel within Palehua, the 12-acre Hokuloa property, Stevens currently conducts active invasive-species eradication and native species preservation. To accommodate volunteer groups who share the Trust’s vision, Hokuloa’s grounds and facilities are being restored. Research and development of alternative energy resources are currently underway.