December 2018 

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What Legacy Will You Leave Behind?

Green Magazine
Winter 2018

Now a decade into operation, HLH and its family of companies are proving that man and nature can not only coexist peacefully, they can thrive.

Generations ago, the natural landscape of the Hamakua Coast on Hawai'i Island began to disappear. Throughout the 1800s, pineapple, sugarcane and cattle replaced the endemic koa and 'öhi'a forests on Mauna Kea, permanently destroying most of its forestland-or so it seemed.

In 2009, sustainable forestry company HLH planted a single koa tree on the slopes of Mauna Kea, turning the corner on a century of degradation and neglect. Since that first tree was placed in the ground, thousands of individuals have joined in the reforestation effort by planting more than 400,000 rare, endemic trees, creating nearly 1,200 acres of pristine native habitat. This land is now known as the Hawaiian Legacy Forest.
HLH's award-winning, innovative approach has combined sustainable forestry, agriculture, education, ecotourism and eco-assets to create a blueprint for environmental and financial success. "This first-of-its-kind Legacy Forest has successfully proven that a long-term, multifaceted approach to land management can be much more valuable and sustainable than anyone ever imagined," says Jeff Dunster, CEO of HLH.

Green Investing
The backbone of HLH's reforestation initiative is a for-harvest tree-planting model-the opposite of where most people would begin to solve a problem like deforestation.  HLH pioneered an investment model in which investors purchase seedlings in lots of 100, to be planted specifically for future timber harvest. Over the next 25 years, HLH is then tasked with the care, maintenance and eventual harvest of those trees.

This sustainable timber model constituted 25 percent of the project site; the revenue, however, was sufficient to establish the necessary infrastructure for the entire project. The remaining 75 percent of the lands within the project   site are reserved for Legacy Trees. These tree are not part of a harvest program-they're part of a managed forest, benefiting the entire endemic ecosystem and essentially replacing the one that was lost a century ago.

It didn't take long for investors to notice the potential of HLH's reforestation model. Fund managers, 401(k) holders, high-net-worth individuals and related businesses were all keenly aware of the investment potential of koa. Given the increasing koa timber shortages and the relentless rise in koa prices, investors welcomed the opportunity to invest in sustainable timber production while giving back and restoring the natural forest for future generations.

Dan Falardeau, president of the Hawai'i Division of the investment firm New Direction IRA, learned about HLH from a client interested in diversifying their retirement portfolio. Falardeau was intrigued. "We have had dozens of clients who purchase koa tree investment lots for their long-term potential," he says. "This allows investors to diversify their retirement portfolio in a way that also supports our local environment and economy. They have the opportunity to plant trees and have that more tangible kick-the-tire experience. They can physically visit their investment trees or go online any time and see their investment trees from the comfort of their own laptop-something that people don't often get when it comes to mutual funds."

Leaving a Legacy
The Legacy Tree program is managed with the help of the nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI). Its mission is to provide opportunities for individuals, businesses and charitable organizations to participate in the reforestation of Hawai'i through the planting of Legacy Trees. Legacy Tree sponsors help to make a meaningful, tangible and quantifiable impact as they help restore the Hawaiian forest. People plant Legacy Trees to honor an individual, celebrate an event or memorialize a loved one. In addition to reforesting Hawai'i's native habitat, proceeds from HLRI's Legacy Tree sponsorships have provided funding to more than 350 other charities throughout Hawai'i and around the world.

"The benefits go beyond money, though," says HLRI Chairman John Farias. "These trees are bringing back our endemic wildlife as well. We are seeing the return of rare and endangered species like the pueo and ne-ne-. We are even seeing baby 'io nesting in our Legacy Trees and have witnessed the return of the koa butterfly. It is remarkable."

What makes this reforestation project unique is that each tree is planted with a proprietary state-of-the-art radio-frequency identification tagging system that tracks the tree throughout its lifetime.
This technology was developed to track and improve long-term forest health, carbon sequestration, ecosystem diversity and tree ownership, all with unparalleled transparency. The data sets collected in the Legacy Forest are so extensive that it is widely known as the most intricately mapped forest in the world.
Hawaiian Legacy Tours
For those who want to get their hands dirty, you can plant your own Legacy Tree through Hawaiian Legacy Tours, voted Hawai'i's number-one ecotour by the Hawai'i Ecotourism Association for its contributions to advancing environmentally enriching opportunities in the islands. Choose a King Koa, Monarch Milo, 'Öhi'a Lehua or Royal Sandalwood and become a part of Hawai'i's natural history.

There are many ways to access the forest and personalize your tree-planting experience: hike in like a woodsman, motor in on all-terrain vehicles, stroll in on horseback through exclusive scenic trails or arrive in a private helicopter. Guests have the opportunity to sponsor and plant Legacy Trees on Hawai'i Island or at Gunstock Ranch on O'ahu's North Shore.

Best of all, a video of your planting will be linked to your Legacy Tree, providing a record of the event and granting private online access to both your tree and your video by you, friends and loved ones.

Legacy Carbon
Individuals and businesses can now offset their environmental impact and become carbon-neutral through the planting of Legacy Trees or through the purchase of forest carbon credits, all while supporting Hawai'i's local economy. Legacy Carbon is the only certified carbon credit of any kind in Hawai'i and the first forest carbon credit in North America to be carbon certified by Switzerland's prestigious Gold Standard Foundation.
The first Legacy Carbon partner was Paradise Helicopters, a local air-tour company that offers guests the unique opportunity to offset the carbon footprint of their air tours. "The ability to offer carbon-neutral flights provides us a means to bring awareness to environmental concerns and can help guests recognize the impact of civilization on our native forests," says Calvin Dorn, CEO of Paradise Helicopters. "Legacy Carbon provides the opportunity to offer forest tours, education and rehabilitation, especially in remote areas, while also offsetting the environmental impact of those operations."

Revenue generated from the sale of carbon credits will fund the care and maintenance of the Legacy Forest and support its ongoing needs for the next century, making the Hawaiian Legacy Forest both ecologically and financially self-sustaining.

Read the article at: What Legacy Will You Leave Behind? 
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December 2018
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7 Hotels That Will Help You  
Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions
By Michaela Bechler
December 14, 2018
Turning over  a new leaf isn't an easy feat, but a proper starting point can make it all the more manageable. One place to begin again? On the road, and at a thoughtful hotel-with programs and experiences meant to complement that digital detox you've been vowing to do, or the healthy cooking you haven't quite started.  Here, 7 properties that will cater to your new year's resolutions:
Photo Courtesy of Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
If you're vowing to follow your own vision: Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach - Honolulu, Hawaii
If you're looking to get your spiritual self aligned, one of Waikiki Beach's newest hotels has a   Plant Your Intentions Package  offer from January 2 through March 31. Even before you touch down in the Aloha State, the hotel will set up an extended astrology reading to get you in the mindset for the days ahead. While in paradise, life coach Tiare Thomas (the founder of   Aloha Dreamboard, a "life transformation and business development program") helps guests gain clarity about their life goals with a two-hour private session. The trip's finale involves planting a trackable indigenous tree in partnership with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative at Gunstock Ranch.
Chinese Consumers' Crazy Rich Demand
For Rosewood Propels Drive
Toward Its Extinction
South China Morning Post
September 18, 2018 
Stronger international regulations are doing little to stop traffickers from illegal trade of the tropical hardwood.
Furniture made from Vietnamese rosewood on sale at a shop in Beijing.  
The richly hued hardwood is being illegally cut from Southeast Asian forests,  
then smuggled and turned into Chinese furniture. Photo: AP  
The purchasing power of China's burgeoning middle class is the stuff of dreams for retailers, but is increasingly causing nightmares for conservationists.
Conspicuous consumption among wealthy Chinese on the mainland and throughout Asia caught the world's attention with the runaway success of the film  Crazy Rich Asians. Characters in the movie, whose sequel will be set partly in Shanghai, wowed audiences with their acquisition of high-end cars, real estate and jewellery.
However, an affinity among Chinese for another expensive commodity is calling attention to a matter that would not play as well in a romantic comedy: the largely illegal trade in rosewood, the world's most highly trafficked wild product and one on the edge of extinction.
The tastes of China's nouveau riche are driving demand for the rare tropical hardwood, which is prized for its use in replica Ming and Qing dynasty furniture. Known in Chinese as  hongmu, rosewood is a fragrant, richly hued tree native to the tropics, from Southeast Asia to West Africa to Latin America.
Chinese rosewood furniture has been meticulously carved by craftsmen since at least the 10th century, but the wood came into its own during the Ming dynasty, when a unique joinery technique was perfected.
According to a collectors guide from Christie's, rosewood furniture values derives value from both its "beautiful lustrous qualities" and its rarity, since it is "difficult to harvest and mostly found outside China". Today, new rosewood furniture is valued for the quality of its timber, craftsmanship, nostalgic cultural value and as a collectable investment.
Image: SCMP Graphics  
The tree is slow-growing, with a lifespan of several hundred years, and the rise in demand has brought numerous species of rosewood near commercial extinction. Furniture-makers have turned to Siamese rosewood in Southeast Asia, but as these timber stocks fell as well, traders have ventured ever farther afield for related species - to West Africa and, some fear, next to Latin America.
Currently, between 40 and 50 per cent of rosewood timber in the Chinese market originates in West Africa, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a global non-profit that tracks forest crime.
In 2000, the China State Bureau of Quality and Timber Supervision released the "national standard for  hongmu",  which regulates the eight timber types that can officially receive rosewood classification.
Today, China is the only country with a specific customs code for the timber, with the eight types falling into 33 species of the  dahlbergia  family receiving official recognition.
But even this was not able to keep up with demand during the latest period ofhongmu speculation from 2005 to 2014. By 2016, UN figures showed that seizures of illegally traded rosewood had reached 35 per cent of the global value of all wildlife seizures, more than elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns combined.
In This Issue
What Legacy Will You Leave Behind?
One-Of-A-Kind Gifts
Happy Holidays From The Hawaii Convention Center
7 Hotels That Will Help You Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions
Chinese Consumers' Crazy Rich Demand For Rosewood Propels Drive Toward Its Extinction

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