The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort Launches Plantation Drive

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort has partnered with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) to launch a tree-planting initiative with the goal of planting 100,000 milo legacy trees on property—the first endemic forest in the U.S. to be planted on resort grounds. With this campaign, the property has become Hawaii’s first-ever carbon neutral resort. It is one of two resorts in the State of Hawaii to have earned the recognition.

The initiative will not only help to absorb carbon emissions, but also create a substantial contribution to the restoration and long-term preservation of Hawaii’s most important native species. Guests can participate by sponsoring a legacy tree in The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort Forest to honor an individual, commemorate an event or a loved one, and to help offset the carbon footprint of their stay. A Certificate of Planting will be provided to sponsors, besides a personalized Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag, which they can use to view their tree from anywhere in the world on HLRI’s digital TreeTracker technology.

As part of a larger sustainability initiative, Mauna Kea Resort—comprising the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and the Mauna Kea Residences—has been implementing programs to support and foster awareness and respect for the land, community and culture. A charitable fee is included in guests’ stays at Mauna Kea Resort to support The Hawaii Island Conservation Fund, which aids two non-profit organizations, The Nature Conservancy and Hawai’i Trust Fund, with a focus on the district of Kohala, where the resort is located.

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