Kapualei Ranch has some of the most intact native Hawaiian forest on Molokai and has collaborated with various groups to protect and restore these treasured areas.



Environmental problem

For many years, a growing problem for the island of Molokai has been the protection of its native forests from feral animals like goats, pigs and deer. These animals have no natural predators on the island, aside from humans, and much of the terrain at higher elevations is too steep for traditional hunting, so the potential for destruction is considerable.

Besides the havoc these animals wreak on the native forest, they also consume vegetation at a rate and in a fashion that causes soil erosion. This soil erosion results in sediment runoff that negatively impacts the health of Molokai’s shoreline and reef systems.

We've identified several other areas that require conservation or preservation on the ranch, and are working with various groups to build a strategic plan to address those causes. As those initiatives come online, further updates will be posted.


For nearly a decade, Kapualei Ranch has worked to protect and restore the native forest as well as break the sequential cycle that includes many elements. A nine-mile fence was constructed by The Nature Conservancy to create a definitive preservation zone. With the help of Kapualei Ranch, helicopters, which routinely monitor the health of our native forest, utilize our ranch as a base of operation.

In addition, an eradication schedule was put in place that included both non­traditional control methods as well as trapping. The latest in animal-tracking devices have been implemented to examine the movements of feral animals. Regularly scheduled work crews are flown into areas where invasive plants are identified for their removal. All of these approaches continue to be used effectively to ensure the success and preservation of our native forest.


Kapualei Ranch is a strong advocate for our native resources, and is proud to be a charter member of a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and various community organizations. Over the years, we have collaborated with various groups to protect and restore these treasured areas.

Almost ten years ago, under the oversight of The Nature Conservancy, the ranch joined forces with Kamehameha Schools and Kawela Plantation in an effort to protect the native forest from an ever­increasing number of feral animal species who were inflicting substantial damage across the uplands of Molokai. This endeavor included a multi­year partnership between the participating parties, the East Molokai Watershed Partnership, which has remained intact ever since.

Furthermore, with the help of The Nature Conservancy, we have assisted in the East Molokai Watershed Project. You can view more details below.


Kapualei Ranch has been an integral part of the East Molokai Watershed Partnership from its inception. As a charter member, they continue to demonstrate a willingness to adapt as the needs of the project change over time. Our team has enjoyed working with them and the difference they are helping to make in our land and community.
— Ed Misaki Director of Operations, Molokai The Nature Conservancy