The Hawaii Island Seed Bank collaborates in a State-wide seed bank partnership called the Hawaii Seed Bank Partnership (HSBP). We are working together to preserve genetic diversity of Hawaiian species by building knowledge and sharing information about banking Hawaiian seeds. This partnership is lead by Laukahi, the Hawai’i Plant Conservation Network.
Founding Partners of HSBP are: Lyon Aboretum-O’ahu, O’ahu Army National Resources Program-O’ahu, National Tropical Botanical Garden-Kauai, Hawai’i Island Seed Bank-Hawai’i Island, and the USDA’s National Center for Genetic Resource Preservation-Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Additional partners are: US Fish & Wildlife Service, State of Hawai’i Department of Land & Natural Resources-Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Plant Extinction Prevention Program of Hawai’i, Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve, Wai’anae Mountains Watershed Partnership, Haleakala National Park, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, UH Manoa Department of Botany, UH Center for Conservation Research & Training, and Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.
The Hawaii Island Seed Bank is also partnering with the largest native seed bank in the world, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Millennium Seed Bank, in England. We are currently working on a project called, The Global Tree Seed Project. For this project we are collecting seed from native Hawaii tree species and banking it for future restoration or research. Half of the seed is being stored at our seed bank in Hawaii and the other half is stored at the Millennium Seed Bank as a back up for our collections.