Trees for Honolulu's Future
Trees for Honolulu's Future
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About us

About us



A tree-filled island that preserves and enhances our quality of life in the face of climate change.


  • Reduce O’ahu’s contribution to climate change and the heat island effect and thus, simultaneously conserve electric power

  • Encourage and facilitate the planning, planting, and maintenance of shade trees along streets, in parks, at schools, and in public places on O’ahu

  • Coordinate and reinforce the efforts of governmental agencies, private businesses, and non-profit organizations in making O’ahu a shade tree friendly island

  • Promote the environmental, economic, social, psychological, and health benefits of trees; and

  • Educate our citizenry on the importance of shade trees in making our island more livable and more beautiful as temperatures rise in the tropics


Board of Directors

  • Roxanne Adams, ISA Certified Arborist. Building and Grounds, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

  • Tom Dinell, FAICP. Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

  • Kevin Eckert, ISA Certified Master Arborist. Arbor Global.

  • Tom Fee, AICP, LEED AP ND. Helbert, Haster and Fee Planners.

  • Matthew Gonser, C&C of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resilience.

  • John Knox John M. Knox & Associates.

  • Terri Koike, ISA Certified Arborist/Municipal Specialist. Urban Forestry Division, Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation.

  • Wai Lee Smart Trees Pacific.

  • Robert Marks, Deputy Attorney General, State of Hawaii, retired.

  • Lisa Marten, MPP, DrPH. Healthy Climate Communities.

  • Michele Nekota, Director, Department of Parks and Recreation, City and County of Honolulu.

  • Myles Ritchie The Outdoor Circle.

  • Daniel Simonich ProsPac Holings Group, LLC.

  • Winston Welch The Outdoor Circle.


Working Groups 



Lisa Marten (chair)
Beth Busch
Erin Higa
Nathan Serota


Data / Mapping

Wai Lee (chair)


Daniel Simonich (chair)



  • Mākena Coffman, Chair, Urban and Regional Planning Department, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

  • Ka‘iulani de Silva, Director, Education and Consumer Affairs, Hawaiian Electric Company

  • Georgette Deemer, Deputy Managing Director, City and County of Honolulu

  • Rick Egged, President, Waikīkī Improvement Association

  • Scott Glenn, Administrator, Hawai‘i State Office of Environmental Quality Control

  • Matt Gonser, Staff Member, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, City and County of Honolulu

  • Lea Hong, Hawaiian Islands State Director, The Trust for Public Land

  • Ann Kobayashi, Councilmember, Honolulu City Council

  • Chris Lee, State Representative, Hawai‘i State Legislature

  • Jeff Mikulina, Executive Director, Blue Planet Foundation

  • Camilo Mora, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

  • Ian Shears, Practice Lead, Urban Forest and Green Infrastructure, City of Melbourne, Australia

  • Chad Taniguchi, Executive Director, Hawaii Bicycling League

  • Jon Wallenstrom, Principal, Alaka‘i Development

  • John Whalen, Chairperson, Hawai‘i Community Development Authority

  • Ulalia Woodside, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i

Members of the Panel of Advisers (Panel) are drawn from multiple sectors: government, business, education, healthcare, legal, non-profit, arborists, land-owners, and developers, among others. They are persons who support the purposes that Trees for Honolulu’s Future (TFHF) seeks to fulfill. They want a tree-filled Honolulu just as much as the members of the Board of Directors do.

The Panel allows TFHF to reach much more broadly into the community than it can do by itself. TFHF needs a broad base of support in the community.

Members of the Board of Directors of TFHF (Board) will call on individual members of the Panel for advice, guidance, and assistance in their areas of expertise from time to time.  In turn, individual members of the Panel may suggest specific projects or initiatives to members of the Board that TFHF might find well worthwhile to pursue. We welcome their advice and reactions at all times.

The members of the Panel are busy people so there is no intent to have regular meetings of the panel. The intent at this time is to meet collectively at the most once a year to share ideas, progress, and plans.  The Panel is still in the process of formation.