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Fairmont Kea Lani created a legacy partnership with Skyline Conservation to directly support reforestation through a community and visitor supported conservation program. This reforestation initiative provides sponsorship of the planting and long-term care of native trees on the slopes of Haleakalā. At the resort, guests have numerous touchpoints to get involved and learn about the critical need to protect Maui’s native resources and biodiversity.

Guests making a hotel reservations are invited to participate in the resort’s Rooted in Aloha reforestation initiative through an “Enhance Your Stay” prompt for a donation while booking their Maui vacation. Donations may also be made at the front desk or online. Each $30 donation supports the cost of growing one tree from a seedling along with the long term care involved to ensure it thrives in its natural environment. The trees planted include Koa, Sandalwood and ʻŌhiʻa. To support the health of these trees, other native plants including māmaki, maile and hala pepe are planted to encourage the biodiversity of the area.

What is “Rooted in Aloha”?

“Rooted in Aloha” is a reforestation initiative created by Fairmont Kea Lani in partnership with Skyline Conservation. Our goal is to aid in the restoration the native forests on the slopes of Haleakalā and help to provide education about our precious eco-system to our island guests. This visitor supported conservation program provides an opportunity for people to directly support the restoration of Maui’s damaged eco-systems, assisting in regenerating important watershed resources, and helping to provide habitat for Maui’s endangered forest birds and insects. Our collaborative partnership is supported by the Na Koa Manu Conservation 501c-3.

Visitors to the amazing island of Maui can make a donation that will be directly applied to planting native trees which will assure establishment and expansion of native habitats for future generations.

Why is it important to support Native Habitat Restoration?

– Maui is known as the extinction epicenter of the USA
– Over the past 200 years, Maui’s native ecosystems have been severely degraded and displaced
– Less than 30% of natural wilderness remains on Maui’s finite landscape
– Maui relies on native ecosystems to provide freshwater resources that sustain life
– It’s not too late to restore Maui’s natural ecosystems!
– With your support we can turn this map green again
– Sponsor a Native Tree Planting Today!

Goals for our “Rooted in Aloha” reforestation initiative:

– Plant 5,000 native trees, shrubs, and understory plants by the end of 2024
– Harness support from amazing people from all over the world who care about the sustainability of Maui’s Native Ecosystems!

Donation Tiers

Sponsor a Tree
$30

This donation will support the site preparation, the cost of tree propagation, planting, and long term care needed to establish 1 native tree on the slopes of Haleakalā, Maui.

Sponsor a grove
$500

This donation will support the site preparation, the cost of tree propagation, planting and long term care needed to establish a grove of 17 canopy trees on the slopes of Haleakalā, Maui.

Sponsor an ACRE
$5,000

This donation will support the construction of a conservation fence that will protect 1 acre of land for native habitat restoration for future generations!

A Conversation in Conservation

We took a moment to sit down with Joe Imhoff, conservationist and program manager with Skyline Conservation Initiative, to learn more about what his organization is doing to rehabilitate Hawai’i’s native forests.

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