Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has partnered with Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) in an effort to reforest native koa trees on the slopes of Mauna Kea. HLH is donating 1,000 acres of land 34 miles north of Hilo toward achieving a sustainable tropical forest. The site was once the personal property of King Kamehameha I. The old-growth koa will be used as the seed source to return the forest to its former glory.
The partnership is a likely alliance, as the Four Seasons Resort Maui is working toward an ongoing corporate initiative to plant 10 million trees. Within this initiative, which commenced in 2011 in recognition of the company's 50th birthday, the Maui property's employees have made several trips to Kaho'olawe for reforestation efforts. The total of trees on Maui and Kaho'olawe planted by the resort is upwards of 4,000.
Resort employees have volunteered countless hours, so the property is now looking to widen the initiative and extend the sustainability opportunity to guests.
Individuals can purchase a "legacy" koa tree for $40, which pays for the planting and care of a seedling. The buyer will receive a certificate with a code, that will allow them to track their specific tree via GPS signal. If they should choose, they can even go to Hawai'i Island to plant their tree and can visit for years to come. There is also an option to dedicate the tree to a loved one or one who has passed on.
Four Seasons Resort Maui's partnership with HLH was officially launched this Earth Day, with a call to action to their employees to facilitate this new addition to the culture by purchasing trees.
"In the last century, over 90 percent of all native koa forests have gone extinct," said Jeff Dunster, CEO of HLH. "These magnificent indigenous trees grow nowhere else on Earth, but with the help of caring individuals and key partners such as Four Seasons Maui, these trees are making a comeback."
To purchase a legacy tree, visit www.legacytrees.org.