Maui Cultural Lands was enlisted by owner First Wind to restore the area’s native habitat, which was disrupted by installation of the giant turbines. The wind farm, completed in 2012, has a total capacity of 51 MW and serves 18,700 homes.

About Kaheawa-Hanaula

High above the windswept cliffs of McGregor Point, a line of tall white windmills climbs up into the mists of Hanaula. The native Hawaiian forest is now the home of Kaheawa Wind Power, one of the largest wind farms in Hawai‘i.

With family history in the area since the 1970s, the Lindsey ‘ohana takes volunteers up the steep slopes every weekend to clear away the invasive species like ironwood, fireweed and molasses grass. These intruders are drought-tolerant and aggressive, choking out the natives and spreading over the hillsides. By removing them, we are able to plant a‘ali‘i, ‘ohia lehua, pili grass and other natives that once flourished in this windswept area.



Through steady work over the years, volunteers have been able to clear large areas of aggressive invasive species, resulting in the successful return of more than 24,000 native plants.


Ongoing stewardship of the area ensures that all the plants which were removed are returned to their native habitat. Our goal is to eradicate the alien threat and help the Hawaiian plants to thrive in as close to a pre-contact environment as possible.


Participation Days

Join us every Saturday at 9am for our regular maintenance work projects dedicated to preserving the Honokowai Valley project.

Meet us at the 1 Puukolii Road, Lahaina, HI Station parking lot. Groups and families are welcome.

In addition to the constant assistance required in the Honokowai Valley we also schedule work on our other land trusts.

For dates on these opportunities please refer top our work date calendar.

What to wear and bring?

Please wear close-toed shoes, long-sleeved shirt and pants. Bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent, water and lunch.

Gloves and tools are provided.

NOTE: Conditions are rough, the sun can be very hot, and you will likely get dirty!

Please keep these things in mind as you prepare for an inspiring day off the beaten path on Maui.

Volunteer with Maui Cultural Lands