The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) has a new staff team which we are very excited about. The team is a wonderful mix of new staff members with fresh ideas and enthusiasm and experienced staff members who have been with the organization since its inception. The results of this new team, in the short period of time they have been together, have been outstanding, and HILT’s future is very promising indeed. Meet the team:
Edward “Ted” Clement Jr., Esq.
Ted has been studying and working in the conservation field for over 25 years. He was an environmental studies major at the University of Vermont where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. Ted later received his Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School where he focused on land conservation law. He is a licensed attorney in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. After graduating from the University of Vermont, Ted was an instructor and environmental educator for the Outward Bound School in Maine over a 3-year period. He then served as a Peace Corps national park volunteer in Thailand for over 2 years at Ramkhamhaeng National Park doing primarily environmental education and solar energy work. After completing his Peace Corps service, Ted worked in the stewardship and legal departments at Vermont Land Trust while at Vermont Law School. After receiving his Juris Doctor degree, Ted began working for the Aquidneck Land Trust in Rhode Island. He served as the Land Protection Director for 5 years and then as the Executive Director for 7 years before coming to the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. Ted has served on the Boards of various environmental non-profit organizations, and he has also received a number of awards and a Center for Whole Communities fellowship for his conservation work. He is passionate about his family, time outdoors (running, soccer, hiking, skateboarding, etc.) and working with others to create lasting public good by protecting, and connecting people to, the land which sustains us.
Carol S. Gentz
Carol traces her love for the environment and the importance of conservation to watching bald eagles nesting along the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa where she grew up. After moving to Maui in 1985, Carol became actively involved with the Sierra Club, Haleakala National Park and The Nature Conservancy leading hikes and services trips throughout Hawai‘i where she grew to appreciate the amazingly diverse native Hawaiian ecosystems and the importance of preserving them for future generations. Carol’s passion for Hawaii’s special places lead her to the Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i for 7 years where she was involved in public outreach, docent program and developed her fundraising skills. Carol is a Weinberg Fellow and further developed her abilities in development and grant management through her experience with the County of Maui’s Community Development Block Grant Program and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Carol serves on the Board of Directors for Maui United Way.
Director of Conservation
Maui Island Director
Scott grew up in Kula, and at age 17 enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his discharge, he studied at Colorado State University. Scott’s graduate work includes an M.A. in peace studies with a concentration in native Hawaiian strategies of peacemaking and reconciliation. His Ph.D. explored the dynamics of post-conflict recovery in a civil war on the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, with a particular emphasis on how communities make wise decisions about conflicts over natural resources. Since 2003 Scott has worked for the Maui Coastal Land Trust, first as a project manager at the land trust’s 277-acre Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge and, since January of 2011, as the Director of Conservation for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. In this capacity he has led all aspects of the ecological restoration work conducted by the Land Trust. Since 2005 he has served on the Maui/Lana‘i Island Burial Council and, more recently, as a board member of the Hawai‘i Wetlands Joint Venture, Public Access Trails Hawai‘i, and the Friends of Midway Atoll. Scott enjoys teaching people about cultural and natural history of Hawai‘i and pounding poi with his kids on the weekend.
Hawai‘i Island Director
For Janet, conservation has been a lifelong career. She was born and raised in Riverton, Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She worked for the Fish & Wildlife Service’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD as a raptor biologist until 1984, when she met and married her husband Tim. After moving back to Riverton, she worked for Central Wyoming College as the assistant director of admissions, and then found her true calling in 1992 while working for the newly formed Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She worked there for nearly twenty years, most recently as the Coordinator of Conservation Projects. Passionate about caring for wildlife and the lands they depend on, Janet holds federal and state rehabilitation permits to care for injured wildlife. Janet admires the Hawaiian love and respect for the land and hopes to make a difference to the conservation of her newly adopted state.
Christina (“Tina”) Aiu
O‘ahu Island Director
Tina grew up in the ahupua‘a of Wailua on the island of Kaua‘i, where she spent much of her time hiking Nonou Mountain and riding waves along Wailua beach. Tina’s interest in conservation began from an early age, starting with her love of the ‘āina and her community. To Tina, ‘āina (land) is also the bridge that connects her to her Hawaiian ancestors.
Tina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Loyola Marymount University in 2008 and then served as a Team Leader for the Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps in 2009. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law, where she focused her studies on Environmental Law and Ocean Policy. During law school, Tina worked at Kamehameha Schools Land Assets Division, The Trust for Public Land Hawaiian Islands Program, and The Conservation Council for Hawai‘i. Prior to coming to HILT, Tina was a Food Systems Planner at Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, where she worked with community members to enhance food security and food sovereignty at Kuhio Park Terrace – one of O‘ahu’s largest public housing neighborhoods. Tina is also an alumnus of the Center for Whole Communities’ 2042 Young Leaders Re-Imagining Conservation Fellowship program. In her spare time, Tina enjoys surfing and nature photography.
Born and raised on Maui, James is rooted in the islands. That connection continues to grow stronger as he works to restore natural systems endemic to Hawai‘i and takes pride in the renewed life that has been given to the land.
Assistant Development Director
Kuʻulei’s genealogical connection to the land, as a Hawaiian, serves as her motivation to protect Hawai‘i’s resources and natural beauty. By obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in History with a specialization in Hawaiian History and a minor in Hawaiian Studies, she has gained knowledge to help in that endeavor. She hopes to pass on her knowledge and love of the ʻāina to her daughter as well as others to preserve Hawai‘i for future generations.
Born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, while her parents were stationed there with the Army, she returned home to Kauai at the age of 2, attended Kapaʻa Elementary School, and moved to Maui at the age of seven. She is a graduate of Maui High School, and is attending the University of Hawaiʻi – Maui, working towards a Bachelor of Science degree. She is also working towards becoming a licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Lomi Lomi. Malia has had 6 years of administrative experience, including 3 years as an Office Manager for a private health–related company. Malia is also a model and a singer, and has recently started free-diving as a hobby, which has opened her eyes to even more of the beautiful natural resources that we are so fortunate to have here in Hawaiʻi.
Malia has always been a steward of the land. She has donated hundreds of hours doing volunteer clean-up work, took a stand to “Save Makena” and even made this her platform in the Miss Hawaii Pageant, where she represented Maui as Miss Haleakala in 2009. She has always wanted to be more involved in the preservation and conservation of our ʻāina, and considers this opportunity her gateway into what she feels is her “true calling”.