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Hawaiian Legacy Tours

#13 of 65 Tours in Hilo
Hilo, HI, USA
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About Hawaiian Legacy Tours
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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Jacob Atkinson wrote a review Jun 2022
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
On behalf of the Atkinson Family, we would like to thank the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative for the opportunity to plant three Koa trees in the Hawaiian Legacy Forest on the Big Island. This was a great opportunity and our pleasure to give back to such a beautiful place and learn about the work the group is doing. Dennis was an awesome host, very knowledgeable and friendly throughout the experience. He answered all of our questions and more. This was a perfect way to end our vacation to Hawaii and we look forward to tracking the tree through the legacyforest.org website as it grows and thrives. Hopefully we will be able to come back one day, see our trees in person and even plant more!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Kevin R wrote a review Apr 2022
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Truly awesome experience for our entire family. I highly recommend to anyone visiting the Big Island!!!
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Kay D wrote a review Nov 2021
Captain Cook, Hawaii4 contributions
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Amazing program and an amazing place. So very peaceful. Our son's memorial tree is beautiful! The forest is so quiet and peaceful and the staff was amazing. I highly recommend!!!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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vstack002 wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia5 contributions8 helpful votes
This was the highlight of our trip! My daughter had been gifted a tree for her 21st birthday so we decided to visit it and also plant a family tree. The tour guides were amazing and so knowledgeable. We were able to pick out our tree that we then went and planted. The whole family participated in the planting from digging the hole to finally watering it in. The experience was like a Hawaiian ceremony, something we will always remember. We had the gps co ordinates for my daughters tree and we boarded the atv and found it with no trouble. We headed to the lookout and overlooked the forest and out to the sea. I have never felt more at peace and one with nature.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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johnsok5 wrote a review Feb 2020
Chicago22 contributions2 helpful votes
Our tour (myself, husband & 23 yr old daughter) was pretty focused on walking to the planting area, planting and then walking back. The area was beautiful and the purpose of Hawaiian Legacy Tours is important and worthwhile. Unfortunately, we didn't have the more informative or learning experience that others have had in the reviews. Our guide was enthusiastic, but this was the first tour she had done after joining the HLH team four months previously.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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