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Hawaiian Legacy Tours

#15 of 57 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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vstack002 wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
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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Steve F wrote a review Dec 2019
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AWESOME! The tour far exceeded our expectations, we were surrounded by new Koa Forest growth, the sound of nature and a feeling of rebirth of Mother Earth was a fitting outing for our Hawaiian vacation.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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maryfrantroy wrote a review Oct 2018
Bryan, Texas1 contribution
This tour was amazing. Our tour leader Richard, was knowledgable, enthusiastic and a true believer in the cause. This was so much more than a tour. It was a revelation about a little known piece of Hawaii’s history. We learned about the disappearance of the koa forests in Hawaii and Legacy’s goal of bringing back the forests. The ride through an old Ohio forest up the slopes of Mauna Kea to and through the former pasture land being replanted was exhilarating. The site Richard chose for our trees was gorgeous and the view from there, 5000 feet up Mauna Kea was breathtaking. Thank you, Richard, for a memorable experience and thank you, Hawaiian Legacy, for the work you are doing.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from LegacyTour, Legacy Tour Concierge at Hawaiian Legacy Tours
Responded Apr 9, 2019
Mahalo for sharing about your tour. We are always happy to educate our guests in addition to providing a memorable tree planting experience. As the trees grow, so will the endemic birds and insects of the forest. Thank you for being an important part of our reforestation efforts.
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lizkn wrote a review Sep 2018
Bozeman, Montana52 contributions9 helpful votes
This was a great experience on many levels. Patrick was our guide and we learned so much about island flora and fauna, island history, Hawaii culture as well as had the opportunity to contribute 3 trees to the reforestation project and dedicate them to some people we lost this year. Patrick was great, very personable and took pride in the project and his extensive knowledge of Hawaiian history and agriculture. Very nice to have a guide who is passionate about his subject and not all jaded by the tourism business. We will definitely be back to plant some more!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from LegacyTour, Legacy Tour Concierge at Hawaiian Legacy Tours
Responded Apr 9, 2019
Thank you for this wonderful review. We are happy to share about Hawaii's history and culture, as well as the importance of our reforestation program. Please visit us again to plant more trees!
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