Congratulations to Mālama Mānoa’s Junior Director, Jess Braden Cruz for winning 1st Place! MEANWHILE, IN PARADISE | Hawai’i International Film Festival

Congratulations to Mālama Mānoa’s Junior Director Jess Braden Cruz for winning 1st Place at the Daniel K. Inouye Institute’s Future Filmmakers Showcase at the Hawai’i International Film Festival, along with his classmates from ‘Iolani School, Alex Awaya and Kaitlyn Chang. The short film, entitled, “Meanwhile, In Paradise,” tells the story […]

November 6 Kamānele Park Community Service Day 9-11 am

It was another successful Kamānele Park cleanup! This morning, 40 volunteers cleared the invasive vegetation from the heiau site. The volunteers included four of our Mālama Mānoa Directors (Veneeta Acson, Arleen Garcia-Herbst, Kyle Tokuda, and Vanessa Distajo), Mānoa Outdoor Circle board members, UH Wellness Warriors, the UH Wahine Beach Volleyball […]

How to identify Albizia PSA

Koʻolau Mountains Watershed Partnership manager, JC Watson, shares how to identify Albizia (Falcataria moluccana), a highly invasive species in Hawai’i and the fastest growing tree in the world, in the following video. For more information and resources, go to

Go Deeper

Phyllis offering an invitation to forest bathing participants, 2019. Credit: Elyse Butler/Hana Hou! Magazine by Phyllis Look For those of us who call Mānoa home, we know when we’ve crossed that invisible threshold on our return mauka. Immediately, we feel the Valley’s cool, green embrace, we breathe easier, our hearts […]