DLNR Press Release – Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Virtual Tour Offers New Ways to Explore
Posted on Sep 6, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room
(HONOLULU) – Residents of Hawaii have a wealth of natural resources to explore, but in some cases these places can be difficult to visit in person.
The new tour, in a growing collection of virtual tours, takes users to Puʻu Waʻawaʻa and the Nāpuʻu area of the island of Hawaiʻi. As the name suggests, the area is home to a number of puʻu (hills or cinder cones) that harbor rare dry forest habitats and some of the world’s most endangered plants.
The larger area of Nāpuʻu is managed by DLNR’s Forestry and Wildlife Division (DOFAW) for multiple uses, including Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Forest Reserve, Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Forest Bird Sanctuary and Management Area game from Puʻu Anahulu. Modern and historic trails are also present in the area and are under the management of the DOFAW Nā Ala Hele Trails program.
As part of the tour, a series of 360° photos offer immersive views of four sites:
a botanical trail at the base of the largest puʻu, the summit of the puʻu, and two locations in a fenced forest restoration site in the forest reserve. Hotspots allow users to click on plants, animal habitats, and mountains to access videos, photos, and text with more information.
“These tours are a way to bring nature to people,” said DOFAW Information and Education Coordinator Josh Atwood. “Some of the managed lands are closed to protect native species, and other sites may simply be difficult to access. If an educator is unable to take their class on an in-person field trip, or if a resident does not have the physical ability to travel to a mauka forest, we still want them to be able to enjoy and learn more about natural areas. in Hawaii.”
Other tours in the collection include Kaniakapūpū, Kaʻena Point Nature Preserve, and Kawainui Swamp.
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(All images/videos courtesy of DLNR)
Virtual tours: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw/virtual
Pu’u Wa’awa’a Forest Reserve Restoration, May 11, 2021: https://vimeo.com/547739843
Kaniakapūpū Virtual Tour web feature, April 20, 2022: https://vimeo.com/697562697
Kaʻena Point Nature Reserve, February 5, 2019: https://vimeo.com/315566712
Kawainui Swamp, January 30, 2021: https://vimeo.com/506505059
Pu’u Wa’awa’a Forest Preserve, Island of Hawaii, May 5, 2021:
Virtual tour of Kaniakapūpū, April 6, 2022:
Kaʻena Point Nature Reserve, April 4, 2017:
Kawainui Marsh State Wildlife Sanctuary, January 30, 2021:
Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources