Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods reforestation project

  • 8. Work + Economic Growth
  • 13. Climate Action
  • 15. Life on Land

This reforestation project developed by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH), as part of the Legacy Carbon program, is restoring the native forests on land that was part of a cattle ranch, restoring the natural biodiversity whilst providing multiple opportunities for local communities.

The project, which is based on the northern slopes of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, is delivering multiple benefits including employment opportunities and increased income for the local communities, new opportunities for training and skills development, and diversification of income. It will also improve soil and water quality and restore native species lost over time, creating a better habitat for native animals including some endangered species.

The project uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) geo-tagging technology to track on-going growth, maintenance, genealogy, and carbon sequestration data. This system enables buyers to track the quantifiable impact of their purchase.

Project impacts and benefits:

  • Restoration of native forests
  • Employment opportunities
  • Increased income for local communities
  • New opportunities for training and skills development
  • Diversification of income
  • Improved soil and water quality
  • Helping engaged species
“Our Hawaiian Legacy Forest is now the most intricately mapped forest in the world; and each person who has planted or sponsored a koa tree is responsible for this success. This program will have a real, measurable positive impact on local communities and the environment.”
Darrell Fox, Legacy Carbon co-founder and HLH COO