postheadericon Reforestation of Native Koa Trees

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai to Plant 500,000 Trees

Article by Travel Post

August 31, 2011 9:32 PM

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu, on Hawaii Island, has partnered with Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods in planting up to 500,000 koa trees in the native Hawaiian forest. This initiative is part of global effort of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to plant 10 million trees around the world, in recognition of the company’s 50th birthday.

These trees, to be planted over the next few years, will contribute to the reforestation of this depleted species. As “legacy” trees, they will not be harvested. Located 34 miles north of Hilo above historic Umikoa Village, this 2,700-acre sustainable forest was once home to the koa forest of King Kamehameha I.

Guests can visit the on-property learning kiosk, adjacent to the resort’s cultural center, to learn about the program and plant a seedling into a small tray. Guests will receive a certificate with a unique code, allowing them to follow their tree via GPS signal once it is planted in the forest. Participation fee is $40 per tree, which goes toward the planting and care of their koa seedling through the partnership with Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods, which supports The Nature Conservancy with a $1 contribution per tree sponsorship to support global reforestation. The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, as well as the Boy Scouts Aloha Council and various government agencies, also are involved. For more information, call 888-340-5662 or visitwww.fourseasons.com/hualalai.

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