Are you looking to make a difference on your next trip to Hawaii Island? Plant a native koa tree.
“The koa tree is one of the signature trees of the Hawaiian forest, yet most people only see koa in its finished form in stores throughout the islands. Koa trees have long been sought after for their magnificent wood, once reserved for use by Hawaiian royalty and used to build canoes, spears, bowls, housing and even fishhooks,” said Jeffrey Dunster, CEO of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods. “Our Hawaiian Legacy Tours will provide a unique off-road land adventure for visitors and locals alike – a rare opportunity to see koa trees in all stages, from seedlings to old-growth trees with beautiful sprawling branches that serve as the home to endangered wildlife and as a protective canopy for a variety of tropical forest plants.”
What?Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) offers the chance to be part of the reforestation effort of a koa forest along the slopes of Mauna Kea, once the personal property of King Kamehameha. Nearly a century ago, the land was cleared to make room for farming and ranching. HLH is utilizing old growth koa trees as the seed source for all “legacy trees” in an effort to return this tropical forest to its former glory.
Details:The option to plant a Koa Legacy Tree, which comes with a high-quality embossed Certificate of Sponsorship that includes each guest’s name (or whomever they choose to honor), as well as their tree’s serial number, GPS coordinates, and access to a uniquely developed RFID tracking system that provides the ability to remotely map the tree’s growth online for years to come, as well as visually locate it via Google Earth. Each adult guest chooses their own seedling; additional trees for planting on-site may be purchased for $60 each. $20 from each tree is donated to the guest’s favorite charity, and $1 is donated to the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, which works to conserve lands in Hawaii.
Hawaiian Legacy Tours are offered daily, with two options:
The Planters Tour, 1.5 hours: ($110 per adult; $55 per child; children under age 5 are free starting at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The Grand Tour 3 hours ($180 per adult; $90 per child; children under age 5 are free. starting at 9 a.m, which offers everything in the Planters Tour plus world-class views one mile above sea level and stops at points of interest including Umikoa Trail.
Getting there: Guests can meet at the on-site visitor center or arrange a ride on the carbon-neutral shuttle service, from the airport, cruise line port and Four Seasons Hualalai. Reservations are required. 877-707-TREE , HawaiianLegacyTours.com