Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka'ūpūlehu
72-100 Ka`upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, U.S.A. 96740
Hawaii, Hualalai, U.S.A. – August 31, 2011
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai to Plant 500,000 Trees. Resort in partnership to plant legacy koa hardwood trees in native Hawaiian forest.
These trees, to be planted over the next few years, will significantly contribute to the reforestation of this depleted species. As "legacy" trees, they will not be harvested, and will live out their natural life in the forest. Located 34 miles (55 kilometres) north of Hilo above historic Umikoa Village, this 2,700 acre sustainable forest was once home to the koa forest of King Kamehameha I, marking a historic and sacred place on the Island.
“This important initiative shows our continued commitment to doing the right thing,” says
Robert Whitfield, general manager of
Interested guests can visit the on-property learning kiosk called Hale o Kan u (house where planting begins) adjacent to the Resort’s Cultural Center, during their stay to meet with a representative of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods and learn the details of the program and plant their 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 USD 40.00 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 USD 1.00 contribution per tree sponsorship to support global reforestation.
“Hawaii has lost over half of its native forests since human contact,” says John Henshaw, The Nature Conservancy of Hawai'i. “This partnership between
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