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COURTESY HAWAIIAN LEGACY HARDWOODS Taking koa seeds from saplings to mature trees prized for their grain has not been done in a commercial farm setting in Hawaii. Some major landowners have had trees growing for close to 30 years.
COURTESY HAWAIIAN LEGACY HARDWOODS Four Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods personnel stand among 3-year-old koa trees planted in the Hamakua area of the Big Island.
COURTESY HAWAIIAN LEGACY HARDWOODS One fledgling company, Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods, believes it has a financial koa reforesting model that pays off long before any trees are cut while helping re-establish forests that benefit the environment.