The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.

Current partners include the Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance (MKWA), Three Mountain Alliance (TMA), the U.S. Geological Survey-Biological Resources Discipline (USGS-BRD), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), University of Hawai`i and the National Park Service (NPS).

New partnerships are needed to restore habitats, improve the volunteer program, and identify to what extent improvements or alterations should be made to existing visitor programs.

In addition, the Refuge will continue to work with the Friends of Hakalau Forest on various Refuge programs, community outreach, and Refuge management needs. These activities will allow the Refuge staff to ensure the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of the units are restored or maintained.