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Hawaiian Legacy Tours

42-378 Kalapahapuu Rd, Field Office, 34 miles north of Hilo, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96776
+1 808-776-9663
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Their main effort is ridding their land of invasive species and returning native trees and plants... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bob06339
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Ledyard, Connecticut
Unforgettable

Our extended family of 9 took a tour to visit the tree that had been planted in memory of my... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2018
NationalParkHopper
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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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. Located on the slopes of Mauna Kea, this historic site was once the personal koa forest of King Kamehameha the Great- 1st King of Hawaii. Sadly, this land was cleared nearly a century ago to make room for farming and ranching. Fortunately, some of the old growth koa trees still reside on the property. 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. Be a part of Hawaii’s history and create the memory of a lifetime.Tree plantings can take place as dedications, memorials, 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.
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42-378 Kalapahapuu Rd, Field Office, 34 miles north of Hilo, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96776
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+1 808-776-9663
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Their main effort is ridding their land of invasive species and returning native trees and plants and hopefully then bird and insects will return. As such there doesn’t seem to be a lot of “advertising”; we were the only three on the tour. Patrick was...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2018

Our extended family of 9 took a tour to visit the tree that had been planted in memory of my sister, and to plant 8 additional trees in the area. I don't know if I can adequately put into words how special the trip was....More

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Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

My family of five visited on a Monday afternoon, we ended up having an extra special “just us” tour with two amazing guides-Bobby and Rich! They found a truly spectacular spot for us to plant our Koa trees overlooking the ocean and the forest. They...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

My husband and I had the best time on this tour! A huge shout out to Richard! He was the absolute best! We really appreciate him spending Father's Day with us! We loved getting to ride around the property and seeing all the amazing work...More

Thank Stephanie E
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Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

A review can’t do justice to how amazing an experience this was. When my girlfriend told me she had booked a tree planting tour I wasn’t sure what to expect, but within 5 minutes of meeting our guide, Bobby, I knew it was going to...More

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Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

We had a great time doing this tour. Patrick was a great very knowledgeable guide. He is a great asset to your company. Thanks again for a wonderful day that not many people get to experience.

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Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

Did this tour to plant a tree in memory of my father with my brother and Mom. It was more than just a moving experience, but also wonderful learning tour led by our knowledgeable and passionate guide, Bobby. He took us to places with awe...More

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HawaiianLegacyTours, Legacy Tour Concierge at Hawaiian Legacy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

We are happy to hear of your special tree planting experience for your father's memorial tree. Thank you for your positive review and your support in our reforestation program. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed June 25, 2018

In 2013, Miss Hawaii and HLRI had partnered to become the only program in the Miss America Organization to replant a koa forest and in 2017, HLRI had joined forces with our Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen in planting koa trees for each of the Miss...More

Thank Jon F
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HawaiianLegacyTours, Legacy Tour Concierge at Hawaiian Legacy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

We are honored to partner with the Miss Hawaii and Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen Organizations. It is amazing to see the Miss Hawaii Legacy Forest grow each year as our reforestation project and goals are shared throughout the country. Mahalo for 5 years of partnership,...More

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Reviewed May 14, 2018

How satisfying it is on so many levels. Tour chief Bobby will drive you up the mountain in a four-wheel drive buggy, a trip others have called a true "E-ticket", and along the way explain the amazing flora, fauna, and geological history of this amazing...More

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HLH-Rich, VP at Hawaiian Legacy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2018

Hey there! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us and to help share the knowledge! We love to be surrounded by other like-minded individuals who can appreciate the forest on so many levels! We would love to see you again! Looking...More

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Reviewed February 28, 2018

Who knew planting a tree could be so inspirational & rewarding? I understand that eco-tourism is the new trend, but this is over-the-top satisfying. Not only is the result knowledge of history, tradition, & eco-relevance in a drop dead gorgeous location, it’s personally satisfying &...More

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HLH-Rich, VP at Hawaiian Legacy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2018

How satisfying is it for us to read about how planting trees can be so satisfying!!!? LOL :) Thank you so much for coming to visit us and help us to reforest Hawaii! It sure is a special place here Mauna Kea. It is an...More

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Sheryl S
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Response from WilliamGilliam | Property representative |
Hi Sheryl, The 4WD tour vehicles can accommodate a wheel chair, however they do not have ramps. The welcome center is based at 1920s farmhouse that is not wheelchair accessible but it is not necessary to enter the house to... More
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