What you'll do
The experience of planting a Koa legacy tree is a must for any visitor to the Island of Hawaii. Experience the birth of a Hawaiian forest and plant your very own Koa Legacy Tree! These rare trees grow nowhere else on Earth and are being utilized as a seed source for all Legacy Trees to bring the forest back to its former glory. During this experience, you'll travel through the forest via our jeeps. Located on the slopes of Mauna Kea, this historic site was once the personal koa forest of King Kamehameha the Great - the 1st King of Hawaii. We'll stop along the way to plant your trees and learn more about the land. Be a part of Hawaii’s history and create the memory of a lifetime. Your tree plantings can be a dedication, memorial, or just as a way to have a deeply authentic and meaningful experience with the native plants and animals of Hawaii. Once planted, you will receive a certificate detailing your tree's unique RFID number and GPS coordinates, allowing you to revisit your tree at any time via Google Earth!
As manager for the Legacy Tree Program, I love meeting people who understand the importance of reforestation and share in the goal of perpetuating the gift of giving back to the earth for future generations. Your actual host for your eco-adventure & tree planting will be one of our passionate forester guides. Our guides have the unique understanding of the land on which we operate and are constantly striving to share and help perpetuate the amazing history of Kukaiau and the mana'o (beliefs) of generations that came before us.
About the organization
Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative
The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) is a Hawaii-based non-profit organization focused on the return of the native Hawaiian forest. Our mission is to promote and assist in the reforestation of Hawaii forest land with the endemic Hawaiian species of trees and plants that originally grew in such locations.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative.
Breakfast Enjoy a hot baked scone at our welcome center
King Koa Tree Plant your legacy tree!
Where you'll be
Our Welcome Center is at historic Umikoa Village, elevation 3,200 feet, and our adventure takes us up to an elevation of 5,000 feet. We'll be exploring the forest in an off-road adventure vehicle and you'll be able to track your King Koa tree via GPS!
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 12 guests ages 2 and up can attend.
Please bring sunblock, sunglasses, shoes suitable for walking outdoor, and clothing suitable for rain or shine; rain jacket and pants are a good idea. We host planting experiences rain or shine.
Plant a legacy tree in a koa forest