Project Kanu

Food Trees for the Future

Equus Hotel is proud to be Waikiki’s first Green Hotel. As an environment friendly hotel, educating our guests about their opportunity to participate in keeping Hawaii beautiful for future generations to enjoy, is an important part of our mission. We make every effort to improve our footprint on Mother Nature and preserve the beauty of Hawaii, while still providing the comforts of a boutique hotel.

 

As a proud partner of Hawaii Farm Trails supporting Project Kanu, The Equus Hotel is dedicated to planting carbon-sequestering food trees that will nourish and regenerate Hawaii.

 

Through our partnership, a portion of every guest’s stay, $5/stay, is donated to help promote food security in local communities, as well as supporting agri-tourism at locally-owned family farms.

WHY FOOD TREES?

 

AGROFORESTRY – A TRADITIONAL FORM OF AGRICULTURE THAT INTEGRATES
TREES WITH CROPS AND/OR LIVESTOCK IN A SYSTEM THAT IS MORE REGENERATIVE ECONOMICALLY, AND ECOLOGICALLY THAN THAT OF THE SINGLE COMPONENTS ON THEIR OWN.

 

We can reverse the damage we’ve done—and we can do it while we grow food. Trees
in agroforestry systems store vast amounts of carbon, comparable amounts to those
of afforestation and forest restoration, while enabling farmers to leave the bulk of their
land in agricultural production, promoting food security. Farmers gain income and
resilience from multiple crops growing on unique timelines.

 

Project Drawdown ranks agroforestry practices such as “Tree Intercropping” and “Multistrata Agroforestry” as the 17th and 28th best ways to sequester greenhouse gas
emissions.

 

“The widespread adoption of agroforestry practices in the United States could
sequester 530 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent each year, thereby
transforming agriculture into a carbon sink.” — EarthJustice.org

IT ALL STARTS WITH ONE BREADFRUIT TREE

 

WHAT SORT OF CO-BENEFITS CAN A TREE PROVIDE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS? SOURCES SAY THAT 1 BREADFRUIT TREE EQUALS TO APPROXIMATELY:

 

$900 food (450lbs of starch – food for a family of 4)

 

$750 water recycled

 

$625 soil erosion prevented

 

$1300 pollution controlled

 

(to name a few)

HOW IT WORKS

‘ULU (BREADFRUIT) IS A CULTURALLY IMPORTANT TREE THAT HAS GREAT POTENTIAL TO FEED LOCAL POPULATION AND REPLACE IMPORTED FOOD. THIS PROJECT PROVIDES THEM TO FARMERS WHO ARE BEST POSITIONED TO PUT THE HARVESTS BACK INTO OUR LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS.

1. Select from the 3 options to sponsor:

 

i. Purchase, ii. Subscribe, iii. Gift

 

2. If you’re curious about the carbon cost of your travel, refer to our Carbon Guide

 

3. Purchase

 

4. You receive a confirmation email with a sharable “Food Trees for the Future” Badge

 

5. Within a month you receive another follow-up email letting you know where your trees will be planted.

 

6. The farmer receives trees to plant & with resources from us on soil information and care.

 

7. The host farm is featured and promoted.

 

8. 3-5yrs later the farmer will start to see the first fruits.

Learn more about Hawaii Farm Trails and Project Kanu by visiting their website.

Use code EQUUS at checkout and get 5% off Project Kanu products. Mahalo for your kokua!

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