Fairmont Orchid Plants 1,000 Trees to Honor Earth Day
In honor of Earth Day, Fairmont Orchid, a luxury resort along the pristine Kohala Coast of Hawai‘i Island, is pleased to announce the planting of 1,000 trees in partnership with Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative to help rebuild a self-sustaining, native-dominant forest.
Guests of Fairmont Orchid are invited to volunteer in the dry forest on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. To volunteer in the forest, you may sign up here.
“One of the best ways to regenerate our ecosystem, mitigate climate change and contribute to native species conservation is through tree planting,” shares Charles Head, General Manager of Fairmont Orchid. “It’s been gratifying to invite our colleagues and guests to mālama ʻāina (care for the land) right in our own backyard, as we plant a legacy that will outlast our lifetimes in partnership with Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative.”
Fairmont Orchid is also thrilled to support Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative’s Future Foresters program, which brings local keiki (kids) to the Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve after school to hike, explore, learn and reflect in nature. Through place-based education and adventure, this program seeks to inspire kids to become lifelong learners and stewards of our ʻāina. Future Foresters in an ongoing after school program that services fourth and fifth grade students at Waikōloa Elementary and Middle School.
Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve
Take a guided hike along the black lava to see how volunteers are working to restore the native species.
“As we come together to support the restoration of our forest, we’re reminded of the Hawaiian saying, I ola ‘oe, i ola mākou nei,” reflects Jen Lawson, Executive Director of Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative. “It essentially means that ‘if you thrive, I thrive’ since our lives are so intertwined. This applies to both the trees in the forest and the members of our community. We are deeply grateful for the vital community partnership that Fairmont Orchid provides, as it allows us the ability to establish a self-sustaining native forest for future generations to learn from and enjoy.”