Clients will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view major Hawaii Island natural landmarks by air and stop at the Hawaiian Legacy Forest to plant their own Koa Legacy Trees. Six-person charter tours start from $5,400 for a two-hour flight over scenic areas including the southernmost point of the U.S., the rare green sand beach, black sand beaches, active lava flows, the waterfalls of the Hamakua Coast and the City of Refuge.
Guests will also land at the Hawaiian Legacy Forest above the historic Umikoa Village on the slopes of Mauna Kea for a 45-minute private tree planting tour. All-day charter tours are also available, which include a 90-minute private planting, tour and gourmet lunch in the Legacy Forest, as well as several landings at hard-to-reach locations throughout the island.
“Partnering with Paradise Helicopters gives guests another exciting way to learn about island conservation and contribute to our growing Legacy Forest,” said Jeff Dunster, CEO of HLT, in a written statement. “Our Legacy Tours and on-site tree plantings give guests a chance to plant a living memorial. Every tree is equipped with a proprietary RFID geo-tagging system. This technology allows each Legacy Tree sponsor to track their tree from space using online applications such as Google Earth. The tree will even store information about that person or event, creating a living monument. This innovation has made the Hawaiian Legacy Forest the most intricately mapped forest in the world.”