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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

BUSINESS BRIEFS
Furniture purchases help koa thrive

Advertiser Staff and News Services

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People who buy Martin & MacArthur furniture will also be supporting koa reforestation on the Big Island.

DEBORAH BOOKER | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Martin & MacArthur and Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods are launching a partnership to promote re-forestation of koa in Hawai'i.

With every purchase of Martin & MacArthur furniture beginning tomorrow, a koa tree will be planted on the Big Island in the customer's honor. For $59, customers may also fund the planting of a new koa tree, receiving a certificate of planting and naming rights to the tree.

"While koa is not an endangered wood, we want to do our part in returning this historic land to lush koa forest," said Michael Tam, Martin & MacArthur chief executive officer.

The koa trees are planted at Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods' 2,700-acre sustainable forestry project in the historic 'Umikoa Village of the Big Island.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS HAWAII GIVEN $25,000

The First Hawaiian Bank Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Special Olympics Hawaii.

The funding will be used to support Special Olympics Hawaii athletes with intellectual disabilities as they participate in a wide variety of sports training and competition opportunities.

More than 2,000 local adults and children participate in Special Olympics Hawaii programs designed to develop greater self-confidence and a positive self-image as well as improved physical fitness and motor skills.

First Hawaiian Bank Foundation is the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank. In 2009, the foundation and bank contributed $3 million to more than 450 nonprofits.

Advertiser Staff