I believe everything happens for a reason. May 1st 2018 my mother passed away, and took it really hard. 7 days later, instead of a rental property I blindly purchase a 330acre parcel of land zoned for preservation at the C&C tax auction. With no clue about conservation or environmental science, dove straight in and begun to research. Meeting one after another just amazing community members, organizations, experts and just walking the land, listening to what it had to say. It was then clear to me that I was meant to be its steward and have it thrive for our community.
2019 Protect & Preserve Hawai’i was founded, a team was formed, and a management plan was written. COVID hit, through adversity utilizing the CARES Act I withdrew my 401k to fund our volunteer program that started in October 2020. Fast forward to present over 2,000 native outplantings, 1.5 acres of invasive plants cleared, 3 events with an average of 100 volunteers per month, and a volunteer exchange program to help other projects. Partnering with KMWP, Malama Maunalua, USFW, O’ahu DOFAW and other organizations.
I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to meet so many amazing people along this journey and have real purpose in my life. One thing after another, things just fell into place. Yes, good intentions were there, but I honestly think it’s my mom looking down giving me something to hold on to since she could no longer be here.
- Tyrone Montayre
Founder & President