Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods Increases Scope of International Relations Initiatives and Partnerships

Programs Contribute To Sustainable Koa Reforestation Project

Jun 10, 2010, 15:22 ET from Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods

HONOLULU, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) is implementing investor relations initiatives to accommodate the increased foreign demand for its investment-grade tropical hardwood trees.  In a separate initiative, HLH is instituting a series of strategic partnerships with Hawaii-based companies and associations to increase awareness for reforestation efforts in Hawaii and throughout the United States.

"The HLH project has received a great deal of interest, not only from the United States, but Europe and Asia as well.  In order to better process demand, we now have a Japanese language web site available and we expect to have both Chinese and Korean web sites up by this summer," says Jeff Dunster, CEO of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods.  "There has been a shift in the mindset of investors --from paper investments to owning hard assets.  That shift has resonated with people all over the world.  However, there is more to this than just an asset play, people are finding that investing in trees is a tangible way to express their values. Planting trees reduces global warming. Plant enough trees, you can be a part of healing the planet."  

HLH is actively building strategic alliances with Hawaii-based, green-minded companies and associations to further the cause of their sustainable Koa reforestation project. Martin & MacArthur, Hawaii's oldest and largest fine furniture maker, and largest consumer of Koa in the state of Hawaii, was the first company to partner with HLH to help advance the reforestation of Koa.  "Koa is a Hawaiian legacy.  Our initiatives with HLH to plant new Koa trees on the slopes of Mauna Kea will help keep the legacy growing.  Now, our customers can take an active role in these reforestation efforts, as well," said Michael Tam, Martin & MacArthur CEO.

Additionally, to better inform current and potential eco-minded investors about their sustainable precision forestry operation, HLH has published a fully downloadable due-diligence booklet on their web site (printed copies also available upon request).  The all-inclusive packet includes information about the vision for the 2,700-acre planting project. It also includes information about its founders, deforestation trends, the threat to existing Koa forests, and variable projections for tropical hardwood prices based on multiple economic scenarios.  The booklet provides investors with the most current information available, plus it's instantaneous and reduces printing costs, which ultimately save trees.

More About Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods

The 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 was the personal property of King Kamehameha I. This old growth forest was almost lost to clear-cut harvesting and cattle grazing.  Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods is working to return this site to its former glory.  For more information, visit www.hawaiianlegacyhardwoods.com or contact HLH by phone at (877) 707-TREE (8733) or (808) 595-8847 or via the e-mail at info@hawaiianlegacyhardwoods.com.

SOURCE Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods