Posts tagged HLRI
Reviving Hawaii’s Native Forests

Planting koa, milo, and ohia has a side benefit.

Lilia Tollefsen, the CEO of Oahu’s Gunstock Ranch, gestures at long rows of tiny trees, their heart-shaped leaves quavering in the island breeze. “Our goal,” she says, “is to make the trees more valuable in the ground than out of it.”  

Tollefsen is showing me and a small group of would-be foresters the latest project of the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative.

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Hawai’i Convention Center Commits to Conservation

Over the past two decades, environmental conservation has been a key component of operations throughout the Hawai’i Convention Center, a world-class global meeting venue centrally located between East and West on O’ahu in the Hawaiian Islands. Recently, the conference center was named as the first and only “public assembly convention center” to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Learn more about HCC’s conservation efforts, including its partnership with Hawaiian Legacy.

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Spotlight Interview: Jeff Dunster, Executive Director, Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

Today’s traveling families want to share unique experiences that enable them to make real connections and a positive impact in the destinations they visit. On Oahu, visitors can take part in a major reforestation effort while enjoying spectacular North Shore scenery with Hawaiian Legacy Tours at Gunstock Ranch.

“Planting a tree is a deeply meaningful way to honor a family member or loved one while giving back to the local community,” explains Jeff Dunster, executive director of the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative.

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A Beautiful Legacy

For the past five years, each participant in the Miss America Competition has taken a piece of Hawai'i home with them. A group of Miss Hawai'i finalists travels to the Island of Hawai'i every summer to plant native and endemic Legacy Tree seedlings that are individually dedicated as gifts to the Miss America contestants.

"Our Miss Hawai'i Legacy Forest brings these women together in the shared goal of leaving a lasting legacy in Hawai'i," said Ryan Brown, executive director of the Miss Hawai'i Organization. "We are honored to support the ongoing growth of the Legacy Forest and share this aloha nationally at the Miss America Competition each year."

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Loss of the Hawaiian Rain Forest

Since the arrival of man in the Hawaiian Islands, over half of the native forests have been lost.  Since its inception in 2014, The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) has been working hard to reverse this trend and return these forests to the native landscape. Working together with community minded businesses, non-profits and individual Legacy Tree sponsors, more than 400,000 endemic trees now cover nearly 1200 acres in the state’s first Hawaiian Legacy Forest.

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