Research Projects

We hope our efforts will make Waimea Valley the model of how to incorporate the conservation of natural and cultural resources by fusing modern and ancient concepts. By using and promoting the use of alternative energy sources, we will conserve economic and environmental resources. In creating and sustaining partnerships with like-minded organizations, we will be part of a local movement of proper stewardship. Some of our past and current research projects happening at Waimea  Valley: 


C-MĀIKI - Center for Microbiome Analysis through Island Knowledge and Investigation

Researchers from the University of Hawaii are studying the microbiome of the Waimea ahupua'a.


Hawaii VINE Project

Studying seed dispersal

Funded by Department of Defense, Erika Dittmar


Testing viability of native and non-native digested seeds via pheasants

University of Wyoming, Sam Case, PhD candidate


'Ō'ōpu Research

Species survey and influence of invasive species on native Hawaiian 'Ō'ōpu (freshwater gobi fish)

Tulane University, Dr. Michael Blum


Leaf Litter Decomposition

University of Hawaii, Dr. Donald Drake


ʻŌhiʻa Succession

Studying Changes in ʻŌhiʻa over the years

University of Hawaii, Dr. Kasey Barton


Effects of Herbivory and Drought on Common Native Plants

University of Hawaii, Dr. Kasey Barton


Koa survivorship in dry land forest setting

University of Hawaii, Bradley Kauffman