After a 20-year run, the Hawaii Lumber Products Association dissolved, effective Dec. 31, 2022.
The association said it was founded in 2003 during a time of uncertainty in Hawaii’s lumber industry, as competitors were actively campaigning against the use of wood for Hawaii structures and spreading false information to consumers and contractors. The HLPA was formed to connect local lumber businesses through up-to-date resources, guides, and educational and networking opportunities.
Over the years, HLPA has provided more than $35 million worth of educational public relations and advertising, promoting the benefits of building with wood and wood products—including more than $1 million in 2022.
With the local lumber economy “once again thriving,” HLPA considers its mission fulfilled, and its board determined that its 20th anniversary was the right time to dissolve the organization.
HLPA president Mark Schwinn said, “Although the closing of this organization is bittersweet, I believe Hawaii Lumber Products Association has been an integral part of Hawaii’s lumber industry and I am proud of the work we have done and the impact we have made on local businesses. To this, I feel confident that our work is done, and we can close the organization with peace of mind.”