Native Hawaiian forests on the Big Island
are looking lively today after news that a Big Island businessman, Edmund C. Olson, 80, donated $500,000 to the regional Nature Conservancy
The funds will help protect native forests in Ka’u and South Kona.
Mr. Edmund C. Olson and the Hawaiian Community:
Mr. Olson is chairman of A-American Storage Management Co. Inc.
, one of the largest self-storage companies in the United States, with over 100 self-storage units in Hawaii, Nevada, Illinois and California.
He has recently been seen as one of Hawaii’s leaders in conservation. Three years ago, in 2009, he partnered with the Gill family of Hawaii to gain ownership of a large area of land in the Waianae Mountains.
Together, they spent $19 million for 6,500 acres in hopes of conserving suitable agricultural areas and preserve the land. They purchased the land from the James Campbell Company. Evidently, the land area included what is now known as the Honouliuli Forest Reserve.
As a partner in O.K. Farms on the Big Island, Olson also has agricultural interests in the Ka’u community. O.K. Farms grows coffee
, avocado, palm, honey, and many more.
Olson lives in Pahala, Big Island, and Hilo on the Big Island. He continues to be active in these Hawaii Big Island communities.