“Ola ka ʻĀina, ola ke Kānaka.”
When the land lives,
the people live.
I have a deep love and respect for rainforests - they provide the world with life, and hold a type of magic. The choice to integrate Ny’Ala products with these incredible reforestation projects came from the realization that everything is connected. There is a lot of value in creative solutions to global issues - we all need to be somewhat involved in protecting our earth and each other.
In 2018 - by purchasing Ny’Ala products, you planted 5 Koa trees! THANK YOU!
Below I put a map with the actual Koa trees that were planted by Reforest Hawai’i, on Big Island.
WHY HAWAI’I ?
Hawai’i, like Madagascar, is both rich in endemic species and severely deforested. As ReForest Hawai’i explains:
“90% of Hawai`i’s endemic forests have been lost in the last 100 years to ranching, farming, development, erosion, and feral or wild animals. It is our chance to make an impact in our environment and be a role model for others around the world. Koa is a nitrogen fixing species which means that it provides nutrients for all the plants around and underneath it. Koa is a keystone species that creates habitat for all types of plant, insect, and bird species.“
“The Koa or Iliahi (sandalwood) tree was planted during the rainy season which typically begins in April and goes through August. We have been seeing the rainy season begin later over the last few years. In the Kealakelua area above Kona it is common for the uhiwai (heavy fog/mist) to visit the forest with a blessing pass through. The visit of uhiwai is extremely important for the Keiki Koa (seedling) survival. A Koa tree is designed to capture water with its sickel-shaped leaves (phyllodes) capturing the mist and slowly watering its understory. It provides the perfect amount of water and protection for itself and its neighboring plants. “
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A LIVE MAP OF OUR 2018-2019 KOA TREES!