KOHALA COAST, Hawaiʻi, April 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) today launched their tree planting partnership, creating the first carbon-neutral resort in the island of Hawaii, as well as a new Legacy Forest tree on the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort property. These trees will be planted over the next few years and will contribute significantly to the restoration of some of Hawaii’s most important endemic species, preserving them long into the future.
Today’s inaugural planting of 150 Legacy trees was completed by The Westin Hapuna staff to celebrate the 150and Arbor Day anniversary. “Forests are the most efficient and immediately scalable carbon capture systems on Earth. When we lose our native forests, we not only lose the ecological benefits they provide, but also the collective cultural heritage of our islands. The simple act of planting trees will have a profound effect in reversing these losses, not just for this generation, but for all generations to follow,” said Tom Cross, General Manager of Westin Hapuna Beach Resort.
Legacy trees planted in the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort forest will not be harvested and all trees will live out their natural life in the forest. The carbon they sequester will also help the station stay carbon neutral. Legacy trees can be planted to honor an individual, commemorate an event, or commemorate a loved one. Legacy Tree sponsors will receive a planting certificate with a personalized dedication and tracking data. Each Legacy Tree is equipped with a Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) tag and can be viewed on HLRI’s TreeTracker at FindMy.LegacyTrees.org using drone imagery.
“The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort offers guests the unique opportunity to actively participate in the process of offsetting the carbon footprint of their stay by planting their own legacy trees. The benefits go far beyond the physical act of planting a tree – individuals are empowered to take action on their own, rather than waiting for others to solve today’s problems,” said Craig Anderson , vice president of resort operations.
To learn more about the Hapuna Beach Legacy Forest planting program, visit LegacyForest.org/Hapuna.
About HLRI: Using cutting-edge technologies and methodologies, HLRI works with landowners and conservation partners to establish and preserve economically viable and sustainable native Hawaiian forests, protect endangered species, sequester carbon, and recharge watersheds. HLRI’s Legacy Trees are sponsored by corporations and individuals, with a portion of the proceeds going to other charities around the world. To learn more, visit LegacyTrees.org
About the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort: Named after the waters of rejuvenation and life, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is nestled on award-winning white sand Hāpuna Beach, recently named the #1 beach in America. With a focus on health and wellness, guests can enjoy some of the most memorable sunsets on the island of Hawaii, delicious restaurants offering healthier alternatives, and relaxing in the pool for adults or family. For more information about the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, please visit www.westinhapuna.com, call 808.880.1111 or follow on Instagram at @westinhapuna.
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