Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the first and only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star Resort on the Island of Hawai'i, has announced the planting of its 50,000th tree within Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Legacy Forest.
As a leader in environmental stewardship, sustainability is a core part of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Its collaboration with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is one of the ways the resort promotes a healthy and thriving Hawai'i. The Legacy Trees planted by the Hualalai 'Ohana Foundation now stretch over 100 acres (40 hectares), transforming stripped pastureland into endemic Hawaiian forest.
"We understand tree planting is an effective way to mitigate climate change. It fosters biodiversity while encouraging appreciation and respect for Hawaiian culture and history," said Charlie Parker, General Manager and Regional Vice President of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. "We are grateful to the thousands of Resort guests and employees who have committed their time and resources to create our forest of endemic trees, leaving an evolving ecosystem for future generations to enjoy."
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Legacy Forest is home to koa, an endemic tree found only in Hawai'i steeped in rich history and linked to Hawaiian royalty. In recent years they were over-harvested due to their strong and beautiful qualities.
"This is an extraordinary achievement, one that should be celebrated. For the first time in nearly 150 years, these lands are again home to some of Hawaii's rarest and most endangered birds," added Jeff Dunster, Director of Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative.
Guests of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai are invited to contribute to the Legacy Forest by visiting and planting a tree, which can be dedicated to an individual or family, or donation.