The Kahala Reforestation Initiative
Here at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, we share the belief that it is our kuleana (responsibility) to do everything we can to serve as good stewards of our environment in order to move towards a sustainable future. That is why we are proud to announce a new and exciting partnership with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) to plant 200,000 endemic Legacy Trees in Malaekahana on the North Shore of O‘ahu. This strategic partnership, titled The Kahala Reforestation Initiative, serves as a first for HLRI on the island of O‘ahu, and also marks major milestone in its overall goal of planting 1.3 million native trees throughout the State of Hawai‘i.
To support the new initiative, The Kahala Hotel & Resort will apply an optional daily fee of $8 plus tax that will go towards an overall reforestation fund. For every $60 collected, an endemic Hawaiian tree will be planted in The Kahala Legacy Forest located at the Gunstock Ranch in Malaekahana on the North Shore of O‘ahu. Guests also have the option of donating the full $60 amount to purchase a tree, and will receive a special certificate that includes global positioning system coordinates, which can be used to track the exact location of their tree online.
Plans for guest tours of The Kahala Legacy Forest at the Gunstock Ranch in Malaekahana are also currently underway.
This new daily charge will begin effective December 1, 2017, and guests may choose to opt out of this program at anytime during their stay by informing our staff members.
With your support in helping us replant rare Hawai‘i tree species such as Koa and Milo, we are supporting the biodiversity and beauty of our islands for generations to come.
WHAT IS THE KAHALA REFORESTATION INITIATIVE?
The Kahala Hotel & Resort has formed a partnership with the non-profit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) to plant 200,000 endemic Legacy Trees in the Kahala Legacy Forest at The Gunstock Ranch in Malaekahana on the North Shore of Oahu. The Kahala serves as HLRI’s first reforestation partner on the island of Oahu.
HOW CAN GUESTS SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE?
Anyone can support The Kahala Reforestation Initiative. For every $60 donated, an endemic Hawaiian tree will be planted. Interested donors can fill out a donation form available at The Kahala’s front desk and concierge desk. Additionally, The Kahala is offering an optional room charge of $8 per day for all guests to add to their final hotel folio. Guests who stay a minimum of eight nights and opt to have the $8/day charge added will automatically receive an endemic Hawaiian tree planted and dedicated to whomever they choose.
HOW CAN GUESTS OPT OUT OF THE DAILY CHARGE?
Upon check in, guests will be informed by The Kahala staff about The Kahala Reforestation Initiative and the optional charge. Guests are able to opt out of daily charge by letting our staff know at check-in.
WHY IS THIS PROJECT IMPORTANT?
The Hawaiian Islands were once robust with tree forests with the largest trees sought out to use for canoes, artwork and other items. The discovery of these prized trees led to mass trades that unfortunately nearly wiped out the forests in the Hawaiian Islands. By replanting rare Hawaii tree species such as Koa and Milo, we are supporting the biodiversity and beauty of our state for generations to come.
WHAT IS THE KAHALA SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT?
We share the belief that it is our kuleana to do everything we can to serve as good stewards of our environment in order to move towards a sustainable future. Sustainable practices like The Kahala Reforestation Initiative ensure that our guests and employees, and future guests and employees can continue to enjoy this beautiful place we call home—Hawaii.
WHAT IF GUESTS STAY LESS THAN FIVE NIGHTS BUT WANT TO PAY THE FULL $60 CHARGE TO HAVE A TREE PLANTED?
Our guests are welcome to pay the full $60 donation to have a tree planted regardless of how many nights they stay at The Kahala. They are also welcome to donate any amount they want to support this initiative.
WHAT DO GUESTS RECEIVE WHEN THEY DONATE $60?
Every guest and donor will receive a special certificate for every tree that they purchase. The certificate will be presented upon check-out and will include global positioning system coordinates that can be used to track the exact location of their tree online at www.legacytrees.org.
HOW ARE GUESTS BEING INFORMED OF THIS INITIATIVE AND OPTIONAL CHARGE?
When guests book their reservation at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, they will receive a confirmation email which will include information about The Kahala Reforestation Initiative along with the optional daily charge. Upon arrival and check-in, guests will also be informed by the resort’s front desk staff about the initiative and charge and asked if they would like to participate or opt out. Additional information can also be found on collateral pieces available at the resort’s front desk and in guest rooms.
CAN GUESTS AND DONORS PLANT THE TREES THEMSELVES?
Not at this time, however this is a long-term goal that is currently being developed by The Kahala and HLRI. Other future plans include tours of The Kahala Legacy Forest in Malaekahana at the Gunstock Ranch that can be arranged through the resort.
HOW CAN DONORS KEEP TRACK OF THE PROGRESS OF THEIR TREES?
All donors can track the progress of their endemic Hawaiian tree online at www.legacytrees.org.
CAN GUESTS AND DONORS VISIT THEIR TREES?
The Kahala Legacy Forest is currently being developed. Once it is ready and suitable for public tours, guests and donors can visit the forest via tours arranged through the resort.
HOW CAN GUESTS AND DONORS FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?
In addition to the information pieces available at the resort’s front desk and in guest rooms, guests and interested donors can find more information online at www.legacytrees.org.