Education is a critical component of any conservation effort and is especially important for raising awareness of Hawaii's unique and endangered environments. Hawaii's isolation, extreme diversity of geography and topography, multitude of ecosystems, volcanic origins, and relatively recent human habitation have contributed to create flora, fauna, and human cultures found no where else in the world. These islands and their people are at once both idealized as "paradise" and poorly understood. Through conservation education - or instilling a knowledge of, a pride in, and an identification with Hawaiian nature - people will be able to begin to sustain these natural and cultural resources.
Read more about "The Value of Conservation Education" (2.69 KB PDF file) in Hawaii in this article by Kim Sikoryak, from the book, Conservation Biology in Hawaii.