Journeys of Discovery: Reintroducing native Hawaiian plants at Big Island resort
When the Hilton resort opened back in 1988, the landscape architects created a 62-acre tropical paradise by planting exotic plants and trees. Today, to maximize the resort’s ecosystem, Hilton head gardener Raymond Keenan is removing exotics and introducing native Hawaiian plants across the resort.
Additionally, Keenan has been enhancing the ecosystem at the resort’s anchialine pond (a landlocked body of water with a subterranean connection to the ocean) by removing invasive fish species and mitigating use of fertilizers in adjacent areas.
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