Waimea To Ben­e­fit From Koa Plant­ings

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Islander -

Waimea Val­ley and Hawai­ian Legacy Hard­woods (HLH) have joined forces in a legacy plant­ing pro­gram on Hawaii is­land.

It is hoped in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions will spon­sor a koa legacy tree in mem­ory of a fam­ily mem­ber or friend or to pay trib­ute to an or­ga­ni­za­tion for its achieve­ments.

The cost to plant a tree is $60 with Waimea Val­ley re­ceiv­ing a por­tion of the amount to help sup­port its cul­tural and botan­i­cal pro­grams.

HLH will pro­vide the do­nat­ing per­son or or­ga­ni­za­tion with a cer­tifi­cate of plant­ing, com­plete with GPS for lo­ca­tion and ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with in­for­ma­tion about the in­di­vid­ual or or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“This is a great way to re­mem­ber a beloved fam­ily mem­ber, es­pe­cially for those who live away from Hawaii,” said Richard Pez­zulo, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Waimea Val­ley. “Also, the act of nour­ish­ing the land by plant­ing a koa tree is a pow­er­ful Hawai­ian con­cept that will im­pact gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Much of Hawaii’s forests were cut down about 150 years ago af­ter the un­con­trolled har­vest­ing of san­dal­wood and the clear­ing of land for cat­tle ranch­ing or farm­ing pur­poses. The re­moval of for­est growth changed weather pat­terns in dif­fer­ent parts of Hawaii.

The Koa Legacy Tree pro­gram is part of a statewide re­for­esta­tion project whose goal is the restora­tion of na­tive for­est growth wher­ever pos­si­ble.

Any­one in­ter­ested in sponsoring the Koa Legacy Tree pro­gram should visit Lega­cyTrees.org/waimeaval­ley or call 638-7766 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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