Yishan Wong has an ambitious idea for fighting climate change: Plant more trees
By Cameron Miculka Special to West Hawaii Today | Sunday, January 12, 2020, 12:05 a.m.
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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 Kohalas leeward slope, its not easy, at first, to picture the dry forest that once dominated this landscape with koaia, iliahi and other native trees and shrubs.