Merwin Conservancy Partnership With Halekulani Announced
HA‘IKU, HAWAII – April 12, 2016 – Halekulani, one of the world’s finest and most acclaimed independent luxury hotels, will be the presenting sponsor of the one-hour documentary W.S. MERWIN: TO PLANT A TREE, available for broadcast on PBS member stations beginning April 16 (check local listings or click here for confirmed dates/cities), and airing locally on PBS Hawai‘i on Saturday, April 30th at 8pm. In celebration of the 46th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, Halekulani has also established an innovative and unprecedented partnership with The Merwin Conservancy for the purpose of creating a lasting legacy for a sustainable future. The announcement was made by Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer of Halekulani Corporation.
“Halekulani has an enduring and steadfast commitment to indigenous arts and culture and, since its inception, has become one of the largest hospitality benefactors in the State of Hawaii. To have the opportunity to collaborate and forge a partnership with The Merwin Conservancy is an extraordinary honor and privilege for Halekulani,” said Mr. Shaindlin. “This innovative and pioneering partnership will enable us to not only raise awareness and support for The Merwin Conservancy, but to create enlightening and inspiring experiences for our guests at Halekulani.”
W.S. MERWIN: TO PLANT A TREE focuses on the extraordinary life and work of United States Poet Laureate, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and environmental activist. Mr. Merwin, who has been awarded almost every major poetry prize, including the National Book Award, has dedicated himself over the last three decades to preserving and regenerating native plants and palms at his home, The Merwin Conservancy, a 19-acre ecological preserve located on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii, that encompasses one of the most comprehensive private collection of palms in the world. W.S. MERWIN: TO PLANT A TREE is a production of Cicala Filmworks in association with THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Approved press photos are available here.
“What William and Paula Merwin have created here on Maui is truly a living legacy celebrating the intersection of art and nature, and a steadfast reminder that we are not separate from nature — we are all a part of it,” said Jason Denhart, Executive Director of The Merwin Conservancy. “Through The Merwin Conservancy’s work with great partners like Halekulani, the Merwins — and their message of putting life back into the world — will continue to inspire many generations to come.”
About The Merwin Conservancy
The Merwin Conservancy’s is a Maui-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to preserve the living legacy of W. S. Merwin, his home and palm forest, for future retreat and study for botanists and writers, for environmental advocacy and community education. For more information on the organization, its palm forest, and programs, visit http://merwinconservancy.org
Since its inception in 1984 as one of the world’s finest and most acclaimed independent luxury hotels, Halekulani has received more than 500 accolades, awards and honoraria. The property was voted Best Hotel on Oahu in Travel + Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels for 2015 and is one of The World’s Best Hotels on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Gold List. Halekulani is home to SpaHalekulani, House Without A Key, Lewers Lounge, Orchids and La Mer, Hawaii’s longest, consecutively ranked AAA 5 Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Restaurant. For twenty years, Halekulani has maintained a strong commitment to arts and culture through exclusive alliances with Oahu’s most iconic cultural venues. Halekulani is operated by the Hotels and Resorts of Halekulani, a brand management division of the Honolulu-based Halekulani Corporation, which also oversees the Waikiki Parc. Halekulani is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is aligned with Japan’s legendary Imperial Hotel. For more information, visit www.halekulani.com
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For Further Information:
The Merwin Conservancy
Phone: (808) 535-0631