ADA-Hawaii Receives First-of-its-Kind Donation from Hole-In-One Golfer

For Immediate Release:  June 19, 2014
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Hawaii Legacy Hardwoods Check Presenatation
From left to right: Sharlene Tsuda, ADA-Hawaii community leadership board chair; Jeff Dunster, HLH chief executive officer; Mike Phillips, Wyndham Vacation Ownership regional vice president and donor of the hole-in-one prize; Mark E. Tafoya OD, MD, and ADA-Hawaii community leadership board president; Leslie Lam, ADA-Hawaii executive director; and Randy Mau, HLH director of corporate and environmental development.

Honolulu, Hawaii - HLH, a sustainable forestry company based on Hawaii Island, presented a check for $285,519 in projected net returns to the American Diabetes Association (ADA)-Hawaii yesterday in Honolulu.

The check was presented to ADA-Hawaii Executive Director Leslie Lam at the organization’s board meeting as a gift from Mike Phillips, regional vice president of resort operations with Wyndham Vacation Ownership in Hawaii. Phillips won the prize for his hole-in-one on the Par 3, Hole Number A5 at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club at Ewa Beach during the annual Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) charity golf tournament on Aug. 21, 2013.

As a sponsor of the tournament, HLH donated one unit of 100 Hawaiian koa trees to any golfer with a hole-in-one shot at Hole Number A5, as well as a matching contribution of trees to the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association (HLTA). One unit of trees, which is sustainably planted and harvested by HLH over a 25-year term in the 8th, 13th, 17th, 21st and 25th years, has projected net returns of $285,519. Phillips gifted the deed to his unit of trees to the ADA-Hawaii yesterday, and HLH will donate the matching unit of trees to the HLTA on July 9, 2014, for a total first-of-its-kind donation of trees by HLH worth $571,038 in projected net returns.

Since 2009, HLH has operated a sustainable forestry project on the slopes of Mauna Kea, as well as the nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI), which together have permanently planted more than 250,000 endemic koa, sandalwood and other endangered Hawaiian species across more than 650 acres.

About HLH
Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods LogoHLH has set aside 1,000 acres of its sustainable forestry project to establish the state’s first Hawaiian Legacy Forest as part of its nonprofit arm, the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative. Located above the historic Umikoa Village on the slopes of Mauna Kea, HLH uses state-of-the-art technology backed by decades of experience to preserve thousands of years of history, culture and natural resources. HLH is one of a select group of companies worldwide to be named a Certified B Corporation, using the power of business to solve social and environmental issues. For more, visit For more on Legacy Tree Planting Tours visit and for more on sponsoring a Legacy Tree, visit