Yishan Wong has an ambitious idea for fighting climate change: Plant more trees

  • Yishan Wong speaks about his vision of reforestation on his 45-acre property in North Kohala Christmas Eve. (Photos by Tom Hasslinger / West Hawaii Today)
  • Project manager Ethan Cary surveys the half-acre of solar panels that power the desalination project.
  • Yishan Wong's dream is to see his property replenished with a forest of native plants, a vision he hopes serves as a model project for the rest of the world in stopping global warming.
  • To overcome the stark environment, Wong is irrigating with freshwater produced via on-site desalination powered by a half-acre of solar panels, an approach he said is going to be critical in providing freshwater for his 3-billion-acre reforestation plan.
  • Project manager Ethan Cary tours the land where native plants are being planted.

NORTH KOHALA — Looking mauka up Kohala’s leeward slope, it’s not easy, at first, to picture the dry forest that once dominated this landscape with koaia, iliahi and other native trees and shrubs.