Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods Establishes Chinese Web Site to Increase Global Awareness for Reforestation

Oct 28, 2010, 16:08 ET from Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods

HONOLULU, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) recently translated their web site to Mandarin in order to better serve their Chinese clients. With the largest population in the world, Chinese residents understand the need for preserving natural resources and have expressed interest in investing with HLH.

HLH is an evolutionary model for tropical reforestation, using sustainable forestry principles and practices—with two objectives. The first is to provide a sustainable source of native Hawaiian koa (Acacia koa) for fine furniture makers, woodturners, sculptors and instrument makers. "The majority of what is being used today comes from dead, fallen, and dying trees," said Jeffrey Dunster, CEO of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods. "Much of koa's native habitat has been lost to agriculture and grazing animals—the supply is dwindling. By creating a sustainable supply of one of the most expensive woods in the world, HLH is taking pressure off of old growth forests and providing green jobs for Hawaii's economy."

The second objective is the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative—HLH's way of reforesting 2,700 acres of King Kamehameha I's former lush, private koa forest. Koa Legacy Trees are being planted along the riparian buffers (ravines) by their forestry crews and will provide habitat corridors for native birds as they return to the newly forested land. These trees are part of a managed forest and will not be harvested.

"The positive effects of tropical reforestation ultimately touch everyone on earth so we're pleased to see so much interest from outside Hawaii," said Dunster. "Our ultimate goal is to create a more sustainable future for everyone. By reaching out to the global community and providing ways to participate in our efforts, we will increase awareness for how the simple act of planting a tree has a huge impact on our environment."  

More About Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods

The Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) Plantation is located 34 miles north of Hilo, above historic Umikoa Village on the slopes of Mauna Kea. The 2,700-acre sustainable forestry project will support the growth of 1.3 million rare tropical hardwood trees, primarily Koa, indigenous only to Hawaii. The planting site was once a magnificent Koa forest and the personal property of King Kamehameha I. This old growth forest was almost lost to clear-cut harvesting and cattle grazing, but Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods is working to return this site to its former glory.  For more information, visit http://www.hawaiianlegacyhardwoods.com or contact HLH by phone at  (877) 707-TREE (8733) or (808) 595-8847 or via email at info@hawaiianlegacyhardwoods.com.

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