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  • Check Out A Video Clip of Our Mālama Kīpuka Gala 2014!
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  • HILT Selected as Favorite Nonprofit Organization!

Happy Earth Day News From Hawaiian Islands Land Trust!

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This Earth Day, the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) has happy news to share.  Today, April 22nd, HILT and the Kihei Charter School (“KCS”) signed a creative new Conservation Collaboration Agreement.  The parties to this Agreement recognize that the State of Hawai‘i’s natural environment is greatly threated by development and other pressures, that young people have a major stake in what our future environment will be like, and that together the parties can better protect Hawai‘i while furthering their respective land conservation and education missions by collaborating together.  HILT applauds KCS for its leadership and understanding of the importance of land conservation for the long-term well-being of its students.

The Conservation Collaboration Agreement signed today has three main components.  HILT staff will provide educational presentations regarding land conservation to KCS students in the 7th and 8th grades.  In the coming weeks, HILT and KCS will also collaborate on an Earth Day 2014 cleanup of HILT’s Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge.  Finally, KCS will work towards raising the necessary funds by December 2014 so that its 7th and 8th grade students can become members of HILT, and get directly involved with the philanthropy necessary to support HILT’s land conservation work, through HILT’s Young Friends Membership Program.

In an effort to expedite its time-sensitive land conservation work, HILT is reaching out to young people to join the cause, through its new Young Friends Membership Program, as young people have a major stake in what our future environment will be like.  The new membership program offers an affordable annual membership level, the Waihe‘e Level, for young people 21 years or younger at $15 as opposed to the standard starting $25 Maunawila Level annual membership.  Young Friends Members receive all of the same benefits as Maunawila Level members, which include HILT’s educational newsletter Umeke Kāʻeo, a member window cling, HILT’s e-news, and invitations to special events and other activities such as HILT’s free Talk Story on the Land environmental education series and community picnic.

The mission of KCS, a non-profit school, is to conceptualize, organize, and build innovative learning environments with custom designed educational programs that will prepare students for a satisfying and productive life in the 21st Century.

HILT, a non-profit land trust, has a mission to protect the lands that sustain us for current and future generations.  HILT works to protect lands with a number of conservation values that we depend upon (wildlife habitat, agricultural land, water resource areas, outdoor recreational space, cultural places, scenic vistas, etc.) while also educating the community about the importance of conserving our cherished piece of paradise.  To date, HILT has conserved over 17,000 acres across the State of Hawai‘i.

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Mālama Kīpuka Green Oasis Gala 2014

Mahalo from the HILT ‘Ohana for your Support of Buy Back the Beach!


Hawaiian Islands Land Trust would like to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone involved in making this year’s
Buy Back the Beach Benefit Lū‘au a smashing success!
For the 13th year in a row, our wonderful hosts:
Old Lāhaina Lū‘au, Aloha Mixed Plate, Star Noodle and Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop
Mahalo to our Event Chairs, Susan Kean and Helen Nielsen, as well as the many Event Committee Members, Food and Beverage Donors, Auction Donors and Event Volunteers.

Thank you to our generous Pā‘ina Sponsors
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  • Bello Realty Inc.
  • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
  • Susan Bradford & Friends
  • Campbell ‘Ohana
  • Central Pacific Bank
  • Kimber Carhart
  • edible Hawaiian Islands
  • Janice Lau Fergus
  • First Wind Energy
  • Goodfellow Bros., Inc.
  • Grand Wailea
  • Hawai‘i Gas
  • Hawai‘i Life Real Estate Brokers
  • Donna Howard
  • Susan & Jac Kean
  • Kahiko Hikers/Brill ‘Ohana
  • Kuano‘o Communications
  • Maui Electric Company, Limited
  • Maui Tomorrow
  • Merriman ‘Ohana
  • Nielsen/Starr ‘Ohana
  • Pacific Resource Partnership
  • Powers/McKenney ‘Ohana
  • Rising Sun Solar
  • Scheuer ‘Ohana
  • Stevens ‘Ohana
  • Surfrider Foundation – Maui
  • Takayesu ‘Ohana
  • Valkirs ‘Ohana

We would also like to thank:

  • Steve Burgess
  • Rusty Conway
  • HAPA
  • Joel Katz
  • Makalapua Kanuha
  • Gary Larson
  • Maui Printing Company

Thank you for your support of the time-sensitive land conservation work of
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.
Together, we are making a lasting green difference.


Individuals willing to donate hard-earned money toward the essential land conservation mission of HILT!
Great supporters and sponsors of HILT, such as the winners of the 2014 Champion of the Land Conservation Award, Nā Hoaloha ‘Ekolu contribute so much toward land conservation!
Awesome performance by HAPA created an enjoyable experience and inspired people!


Check Out A Video Clip of Our Mālama Kīpuka Gala 2014!


We are remembering the generosity of our hosts, Old Lāhaina Lū‘au & Nā Hoaloha ‘Ekolu, sponsors, and supporters at our Mālama Kīpuka event that was held on January 25, 2014. Check out a clip of the event here!


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Conserve Land & Be Entered to Win a Package to Andaz Maui at Wailea!


Support Land Conservation in Hawai‘i & YOU Could Win a Package to Andaz Maui at Wailea!

•One 3-Night Stay for Two in an Andaz Suite at Andaz Maui at Wailea
•Breakfast Each Day for Two in the Resort’s Ka‘ana Kitchen
•One Spa Treatment For Two

Andaz Resort Package Certificate valid through January 25, 2015.

Anyone who purchases a new HILT membership, renews their membership or gives a gift membership from April 1, 2014 to April 21, 2014 will be entered to win this special prize.

Click here to purchase a HILT membership, renew your membership or give a gift membership. The winner will be announced on April 22, 2014, Earth Day! Each purchased membership equals 1 entry for the purchaser.

Donation is not necessary to participate equally in the HILT Membership Contest. Send your written request by mail to Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, P.O. Box 965, Wailuku, HI 96793. Your written request must be received by April 21, 2014. One request per envelope. However, those who purchase a new HILT membership to enter this contest are helping further our time-sensitive and charitable land conservation mission! HILT Staff are ineligible to participate. Mahalo to our supporters & Andaz Maui at Wailea!


HILT Selected as Favorite Nonprofit Organization!


The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) is pleased to announce that it was selected as the Favorite Nonprofit Organization in Edible Hawaiian Islands’ 2014 Local Hero Awards, announced in their recent spring magazine edition. We extend a very heartfelt MAHALO to the people at Edible Hawaiian Islands and its readership for recognizing HILT and its land conservation work in this way. We also want to thank all the HILT supporters who help make our work possible.

Every year, Edible Hawaiian Islands asks their readers and the community at large to share with them the individuals, businesses and organizations they feel are making a difference in our food culture and sustainability. Votes come in from across the State and beyond our shores.


E Mālama ‘Āina Kākou: Party for the Land

malama1The Board of Directors of Hawaiian Islands Land Trust and Mary Philpotts McGrath, Honorary Event Chair, invite you to join us on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 6:00 – 10:00 pm for
E Mālama ‘Āina Kākou: Party for the Land.

E Mālama ‘Āina Kākou: Party for the Land is our inaugural fundraiser on O’ahu, where we will celebrate our accomplishments, including expanding our conservation efforts on O’ahu and throughout the state, as well as raise much needed funds for our time-sensitive mission to protect the lands that sustain us for current and future generations.

To purchase a table or tickets, contact Carol Gentz, HILT Development Direct at (808) 244-5263 or carol@hilt.org. Or simply click here to purchase tickets online.

The evening is not to be missed! There is no better place to celebrate the work of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust than the beautiful shores of Lanikuhonua, set against the backdrop of the Palehua slopes and the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust’s conservation easement on Olson Trust property, which preserves the rich cultural history it holds.

Our inaugural fundraiser is generously hosted by Mary Philpotts McGrath and McD Philpotts, and supported by Peter Merriman with a five-course dinner donated by Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman. Kapena, one of Hawaii’s premier islands bands, will guarantee it is a party for the land.

Table sponsorships include a Lau Table for $10,000, Mu‘o Table for $5,000 and Kupu Table for $2,500. Individual tickets are available for $200 per ticket. The Hawaiian names given to our table sponsorships reflect the growth of a plant from kupu, to sprout; to mu‘o, to bud and then to lau, to leaf. This reflects our growth as an organization as well as how your vital support ensures not only the strengthening of Hawaiian Islands Land Trust but the protection of the natural beauty and significant cultural, history and agricultural lands throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Lau and Mu‘o tables include an exclusive cocktail party on Friday evening, May 9th at the historic home of Mary Philpotts McGrath in Nu‘uanu. For additional information on table sponsorship benefits, please see the attached form. Also attached is the Table Registration Form.

pdf_icon – Event Table Reservation Form – Click here for the Table Reservation Form

pdf_icon – Table Sponsorships Information – Click here for Table Sponsorship Details

You can purchase tables and tickets now by contacting Carol S. Gentz, HILT Development Director at (808) 244-5263 or carol@hilt.org or by using EventBrite’s secure processing form below.

We look forward to seeing you at our E Mālama ‘Āina Kākou: Party for the Land!



HILT welcomes new full-time O‘ahu Island Director

christina-tina-aiuThe Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) is pleased to welcome its new full-time O‘ahu Island Director, Christina (“Tina”) Aiu.

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. Her 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.

Amidst HILT’s many conservation projects across Hawai‘i are a number of new, important and focused efforts on O‘ahu. In addition to having just hired an O‘ahu Island Director, HILT is opening a new office on O‘ahu this week at 677 Ala Moana Boulevard in Honolulu. In the next few weeks, HILT also looks to protect and take ownership of its first public preserve on O‘ahu. Then, on Saturday, May 10th, HILT will hold its first fundraising gala on O‘ahu, E Mālama ‘Āina Kākou: Party for the Land, at Lanikūhonua, an idyllic, private, ocean-front estate rich with natural beauty and Hawaiian history. For information about this event, please contact Carol Gentz, HILT Development Director, at carol@hilt.org


Volunteer for HILT’s Weekly Clean Up Days at the Waihe‘e Refuge!

Volunteer for HILT’s Weekly Environmental Clean Up Days at the Waihe‘e Refuge!!!

Get your hands dirty at the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge and nurture your nature.  Every Friday morning from 8 a.m. to noon, willing hands gather to help benefit endangered species, maintain the unique nature of our Hawai‘i, and grow every visitor’s appreciation of open spaces. Activities involve managing invasive species, habitat restoration, and propagating Hawai‘i’s plants. Forge relationships between residents, visitors, and the land!  Contact volunteer@hilt.org TODAY or call our office at 808-244-5263 for more information.



2014 Sponsors of HILT’s Volunteer Days:

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HILT Introduces Its New Statewide Talk Story on the Land Hike Series!!

HILT is excited to introduce its new STATEWIDE Talk Story on the Land series of educational hikes scheduled for 2014.   View the 2014 Talk Story on the Land Flyer to see a listing of scheduled hikes.  All hikes are free and open to the public.  Moonlight hikes have a $25 suggested donation as light gourmet appetizers and refreshments will be provided.  To R.S.V.P. for a scheduled hike, please contact the appropriate individual as listed on the flyer.  We hope to see everyone out there talking story on the ‘āina!

For inquiries regarding these hikes, please call (808) 244-5263 or info@hilt.org.

Maui Hikes are sponsored by:

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MĀLAMA KĪPUKA: Buy Back The Beach Benefit at Old Lāhaina Lū‘au