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Anonymous Gift Will Help Determine Past Ecosystem

 

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Great news for our Nu‘u Refuge!  Through a generous gift of an anonymous donor, we will begin a project in the Nu‘u pond to explore the formation of the pond, the history of the vegetation around the pond and in the Kaupo district and the history of early Hawaiian settlement in the area.  We will do this by taking small sediment cores and analyzing them for pollen and charcoal.  In other areas of Hawai‘i, such studies have provided a window into the past going back thousands of years.

Islands ecosystems are very fragile, and Hawai‘i is no exception. Over 50% of the birds that inhabited these islands are now extinct, and many of those who remain are holding on by a thread. Since 2007, the land trust has been restoring the ecosystem around the Nu‘u pond to benefit two endangered species, the ae‘o, or Hawaiian Stilt, and the ‘Alae Ke‘oke‘o, or Hawaiian Coot. Both of these waterbirds are found in abundance at the Nu‘u Pond.Nuu aerial 2

Habitat restoration is a complex process of returning an ecosystem to its pre-disturbance structure, function and composition, measured against the productivity, resilience and biodiversity of that system. One of the biggest challenges of habitat restoration lies in our inability to see into the past to know what plants and animals are appropriate to an ecosystem. This is particularly true when many of the plant and animal species are extinct, or no longer exist in that area. This is the problem of finding the appropriate reference ecosystem. Simply put, ecosystems change over time, and until we can understand what plants and animals existed in an ecosystem in the past, we usually have to make educated guesses of what we want the restored system to look like in the future. As you might imagine, it is easy to make mistakes, and a challenge to get it right.

Restoration ecologists often wish there was a window we could look back through to get a glimpse of a site’s history, at different times and under different environmental conditions. In a certain sense, we can do that. Wetlands offer such a window into the past. Pollen and charcoal in particular collect in water, and along with sediment blown in from distant points, accumulate in the water, settle to the bottom and act like an ecological library. Over the past 70 years, incredible advances have been made in pollen and charcoal analysis that when extracted from sediment cores, tell an incredible story of the environmental past.

Recently, an anonymous donor made a gift to the land trust to fund a coring and analysis project in the Nu‘u Pond. Along with several archaeologists experienced in wetlands coring who have offered to volunteer their time and expertise, we look forward to extracting sediment cores from several areas of the Nu‘u Pond. The goal of this project will include several elements, including analysis of the types of plants found in the Kaupo area at different times, and, with luck, some analysis of the relative abundance of these plants in the past. We also hope to find evidence of past fires in the form of charcoal. Charcoal is particularly important since fire is extremely uncommon in Hawaiian ecosystems, and a spike in the amount of charcoal indicates the arrival of humans into the area. Charcoal is also relatively easy to date using Carbon-14 dating methods.

We are extremely grateful to our donors, and to get started on this exciting project. I really look forward to present some of the findings of this study in the near future.

 

Photos: Courtesy of Haley and Dawn Jernaill

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Collaboration Permanently Protects Strategic Forestland

Kaye Lundburg 7.1.15Paʻauilo, Hawaiʻi Island – Today, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) and Kaye Lundburg permanently protected an over 41-acre forestland property strategically situated near the Oʻokala Cooperative Game Management Area and the Manowaialee Forest Reserve in the Hamakua District on Hawaiʻi Island. This was done by Kaye Lundburg donating a perpetual Conservation Easement to HILT on this land which she owns.

A Conservation Easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a qualified conservation organization, such as HILT, that permanently restricts certain activities on the land, and extinguishes development rights, so as to protect the land’s conservation values (wildlife habitat, scenic vistas, agricultural resources, cultural and historical values, outdoor education and recreation opportunities, water resources, etc.). The landowner who donates a Conservation Easement to a qualified entity such as HILT remains the landowner, and the qualified entity must then uphold the Conservation Easement even with future landowners of the subject property.

The forest on Kaye Lundburg’s land has native plants and trees such as Ōhia, Koa, Hapuʻu and Uluhe which provide wildlife habitat. Ms. Lundburg is also working to improve the quality of her forest by fencing the land, removing invasive species such as strawberry guava, and planting more native plant and tree species. DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife staff are helping her with this.

Regarding this recently completed conservation transaction, Kaye Lundburg stated, “The Conservation Easement honors those who came before us and protects what we have received.”

“On behalf of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, I want to thank Kaye Lundburg for generously donating a perpetual Conservation Easement to us on her strategic forestland. We appreciate her long-term vision, leadership and generosity. I would further like to thank HILT’s Acquisitions Specialist/Hawaiʻi Island Director, Janet Britt, for her work on the project,” said Ted Clement, HILT Executive Director.

About Hawaiian Islands Land Trust: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2011 out of the merger of four local land trusts, and it is the first and only nationally accredited local land trust in Hawai‘i. Our mission is to protect the lands that will sustain us for current and future generations.  HILT has conserved over 17,500 acres to date, via perpetual Conservation Easements and Fee Simple Ownership, on a number of properties with various conservation values important to residents and visitors alike.  We conserve lands that secure Hawai‘i’s long-term well-being, lands with scenic views, agricultural resources, wildlife habitats, water resource areas, cultural and historical sites, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

 

Photo:  Kaye Lundburg

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Collaboration Protects Land & Plants Seed for Future Peace Park

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Wailuku, Maui – Today, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) and the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center (“NVMC”) protected a 4.5-acre open space parcel in a densely developed section of Wailuku which will serve as a future peace park honoring veterans.  The land, between the NVMC building and the Kanaloa Avenue and Kahului Beach Road intersection, was conveyed today by the NVMC to HILT.

 

This coastal land has various conservation values which benefit the community.  The parcel affords numerous passersby and residents in the area scenic vistas.  The property also has historical and cultural values.  There are two known historic sites on the property, including a Hawaiian cultural site and the remnants of the Kahului Railroad’s rock crusher which operated from 1921 to 1946 when the facility was damaged by a tsunami.  The property also has water resource values in that the land serves as a natural filter strip from runoff heading towards Kahului Bay.  The land has some wildlife habitat values and contains native plants such as naupaka.  HILT will eventually open the land for public passive recreation by turning the property into a peace park honoring veterans.  A nature trail, small public parking area, picnic tables, benches, and informational signage will be installed amongst other efforts on the land such as removing invasive plant species and introducing more native species.

“We have been very honored to work with the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center on this project.  On behalf of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, I want to thank the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center for donating the land to us.  I also want to thank our very generous donors who gave us the funds to receive the land, build the basic park infrastructure and steward the land long-term so that this strategically located coastal property can serve as a future peace park honoring veterans.  The lead gift was provided by The Freeman Foundation.  Other leadership gifts were provided to us by Mary Sanford, Paul Mizoguchi, David and Judith Fukuda, Hiroshi Arisumi, Alexander and Baldwin Kokua Giving program, and Matson.  I would further like to thank HILT’s Director of Conservation/Maui Island Director, Scott Fisher, for his work on the project,” said Ted Clement, HILT Executive Director.

Brian Moto, NVMC President, stated, “NVMC is excited about the preservation of this open space as a peace park honoring all Maui veterans and is happy to donate the property to HILT for this purpose.  We respect HILT’s distinguished record of land stewardship and conservation, and believe that our collaboration will result in a lasting tribute to our veterans.”

About Hawaiian Islands Land Trust: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2011 out of the merger of four local land trusts, and it is the first and only nationally accredited local land trust in Hawai‘i.  Our mission is to protect the lands that will sustain us for current and future generations.  HILT has conserved over 17,500 acres to date, via perpetual Conservation Easements and Fee Simple Ownership, on a number of properties with various conservation values important to residents and visitors alike.  We conserve lands that secure Hawai‘i’s long-term well-being, lands with scenic views, agricultural resources, wildlife habitats, water resource areas, cultural and historical sites, and outdoor recreation opportunities.  To get involved as volunteer with HILT and its efforts to establish and maintain the aforementioned peace park in Wailuku, please contact HILT’s Director of Conservation/Maui Island Director, Scott Fisher, at 808-244-5263 or scott@hilt.org  To learn more about HILT and become a Member, go to www.hilt.org

About Nisei Veterans Memorial Center:
The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center is a living memorial guided by the valor and values of the Nisei (second generation Japanese-American) veterans of World War II, and is committed to perpetuating their legacy through education and continuing service to all generations.  Formed as a Hawaii nonprofit corporation in 1991, NVMC is located on Go For Broke Place off of Kahului Beach Road, Maui, and is home to Kansha Preschool and Maui Adult Day Care Center’s Ocean View facility.  The NVMC also features an Education Center with offices, exhibit room, and an archive of Nisei veteran documents and artifacts.  Contact the NVMC by email at info@nvmc.org or call 808-244-6862.

 

Photo From left to right: Paul Mizoguchi, NVMC Treasurer, Yuki Lei Sugimura, NVMC Board, Brian Moto, NVMC President, Ted Clement, HILT Executive Director, Scott Fisher, HILT Director of Conservation/Maui Island Director, Malia Avila, HILT Office Manager, Carol Gentz, HILT Development Director.

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Your Kokua Is Needed to Save Land!

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Your Kokua Is Needed
to Save Land!

HILT is starting another Membership Challenge, but this time, to include not only Staff and HILT Island Council members, but also the general public!

Membership is the foundation which helps provide long-term sustainability for our organization. It is essential.  With that said, we are encouraging the participation of HILT Staff and Island Council members, along with the general public to bring in at least 10 new HILT memberships each by year-end to help grow our membership program so we can protect more important lands in Hawai‘i.

Participants in HILT’s 2015 Membership Challenge have an opportunity to not only help HILT protect more land, but also win exciting prizes!

Categories & Prizes
First to Acquire 10 New Memberships:

  • A beautiful sapele wood carving by renowned local craftsman, McD Philpotts.
First to Acquire 20 New Memberships:

  • A special and unique 8×10 original oil, framed painting entitled “Honokowai Morning” by renowned local artist, Susan Kean.
Island Council with the Most Acquired Memberships:
  • Dinner as a group at Monkeypod or other restaurant donated by renowned Chef and Restaurateur, Peter Merriman.  **Please note: This award dinner is only for winning Island Council members (not additional friends, family, etc.)
Most Overall Memberships Acquired & Highest Overall Dollar Amount Brought In:

  • These two prize categories will include a hotel package with restaurant and activity opportunities on either Hawai‘i Island and/or Kaua‘i, to be announced soon.
Note that to be eligible for the membership challenge, all new memberships must be received by HILT and paid in full.  Competition starts now and ends on December 31, 2015.  Minimum new membership level for this competition is $25 for adults and $15 for youth under 21.  $15 gift memberships are not available for the competition.  If you are not currently a donor to HILT, your name will be counted toward your new membership total upon receipt of your donation.Please email the names of potential membership recruits, along with those that may sign up through our website, so you may receive credit.  Email the names to Ku‘ulei Kuala‘au, Assistant Development Director, at kuulei@hilt.org.  For the general public, please email us or call our office at (808) 244-5263 to notify us of your greatly appreciated participation.
Membership Levels & Benefits:

$25            Maunawila
·      HILT member bumper sticker
·      HILT’s newsletter Umeke Kā‘eo
·      HILT’s e-news
·      Invitations to special events

$100          Keopuka
·      All Maunawila membership benefits
·      1 HILT Tote Bag

$250          Pu‘u O Hoku
·      All Keopuka membership benefits
·      1 legacy tree planted by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH)

$500          Honouliuli
·      All Pu‘u O Hoku membership benefits (except 2 tote bags instead of 1)
·      Invitation for 2 to annual Conservators Hike

$1,000       Kahili
·      All Honouliuli membership benefits (except 2 legacy trees planted by HLH)
·      Invitation for 4 to annual Conservators Hike with special recognition

$5,000       ‘Ulupalakua
·      All Kahili membership benefits (except 4 legacy trees planted by HLH)
·      Invitation for 6 to annual Conservators Hike with special recognition

Mahalo to all of the generous and gracious contributors to the membership challenge which include
McD Philpotts, Susan Kean, Peter Merriman, and Mary Charles. 
In addition, mahalo to all of you who will make this membership drive a success
and will help HILT #SaveLand in Hawai‘i!
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HILT Newsletter   |   Volume Five   |   Number One   |   Spring 2015

Perpetual Conservation Easements Secured on

Wai‘oli Valley Farmland

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In April, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) accepted two perpetual conservation easements on about 40 acres of wetland taro located in Wai‘oli Valley, in the Halele‘a district of Kaua‘i.  Donated by Gaylord and Carol Wilcox, and their daughters Nicole Pedersen, Darcie Gray and Eliza Wilcox, the conservation easements place permanent restrictions on the important farmland protecting it from future development and degradation.  

“If lands like these are not protected for the long term, we believe pressures that are evident now for housing development will win out, and the majority of Wai‘oli Valley will be housing before the century is out,” commented Gaylord Wilcox.

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Photos: Gaylord and Carol Wilcox in Wai‘oli Valley, Kaua‘i.  Courtesy of Jennifer Luck.

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HILT Happenings
World Renowned Hana Highway and Coastal Corridor Being Protected
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2014 Annual Giving Report

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HILT Secures Perpetual Conservation Easement on Wai‘oli Valley Farmland

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Hanalei, Kaua‘i  – Today, HILT accepted two perpetual conservation easements on about 40 acres of wet land taro located in Wai‘oli Valley, in the Halele‘a district of Kaua‘i.  Donated by Gaylord and Carol Wilcox and their daughters Nicole Pedersen, Darcie Gray and Eliza Wilcox, the conservation easements place permanent restrictions on the important farmland protecting it from future development and degradation.  “If lands like these are not protected for the long term, we believe pressures that are evident now for housing development will win out, and the majority of Wai‘oli Valley will be housing before the century is out” commented Gaylord Wilcox when asked why the family had made the donation.  The conservation easements will not only ensure the land cannot be developed but identify certain conservation values, agricultural resources, cultural and historical values, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty, inherent in the property which cannot be compromised or threatened by future uses of the land.

“HILT is honored to receive these perpetual conservation easements” said HILT Executive Director Ted Clement.  “Wai‘oli Valley is a truly iconic place, and the preservation of this place is essential to the continuation of Kaua‘i’s rich history of taro production, the ecological well being of the greater Hanalei area and the protection of an unforgettable scenic vista.  We are incredibly grateful to the Wilcox family for their generosity, long-term vision and commitment to land conservation.  I would also like to thank our Kauaʻi Island Director, Jen Luck, for her hard work on this project.”

Wai‘oli (“Joyful Water”) Valley has been in active taro production since pre-contact times and remains a major producer of poi for the state.  It is situated mauka of Kūhiō Highway in Hanalei on the north shore of Kaua‘i.

About Hawaiian Islands Land Trust:
The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2011 out of the merger of four local land trusts, and it is the first and only nationally accredited local land trust in Hawai‘i.  Our mission is to protect the lands that will sustain us for current and future generations.  Through private, voluntary land conservation, HILT has conserved over 17,500 acres to date, via perpetual Conservation Easements and Fee Simple Ownership, on a number of properties with various conservation values important to residents and visitors alike.  We conserve lands that secure Hawai‘i’s long-term well-being, lands with scenic views, agricultural resources, wildlife habitats, water resource areas, cultural and historical sites, and outdoor recreation opportunities.  To learn more, go to www.hilt.org

About Conservation Easements: A perpetual conservation easement is HILT’s primary conservation tool.  It is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a qualified conservation entity, such as HILT, that permanently restricts certain activities on land so as to protect the land’s conservation values.  The landowner who donates a conservation easement to HILT remains the landowner, and HILT must uphold the conservation easement even with future landowners of the subject property.

Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Luck

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Land Conservation is for the Next Generations

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Oʻahu and Maui – This Earth Day, April 22, 2015, the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) is pleased to announce that it has recently signed a Conservation Collaboration Agreement with Brigham Young University Hawaiʻi International Cultural Studies Department’s Cultural Anthropology Program on Oʻahu and another such Agreement with the Kihei Charter School’s High School on Maui.  The parties to these Conservation Collaboration Agreements recognize that the State of Hawaiʻi’s natural environment is greatly threatened 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 Hawaiʻi while furthering their respective land conservation and education missions.

“We applaud these schools for their leadership, generosity and understanding that the conservation tools used by the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, such as the perpetual Conservation Easement, can help ensure that Hawaiʻi’s environment will be protected for the lasting benefit of their students for generations to come,” said Ted Clement, HILT’s Executive Director.  HILT signed its first Conservation Collaboration Agreement with the Kihei Charter School’s Middle School in April 2014.

The Conservation Collaboration Agreements recently signed each have three main components.  HILT staff will provide educational presentations regarding land conservation to the students.  HILT and the two schools will also collaborate on cleanups of HILT’s Maunawila Heiau Preserve on Oʻahu and HILT’s Waiheʻe Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge on Maui.  Finally, the students will work towards raising the necessary funds so that the 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 the future of our environment.  The new membership program offers an affordable annual membership level, the Waiheʻe 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.

“As a project-based learning school, Kihei Charter School is committed to involving students in issues important to the Maui community. This year, Mr. Corey Holmgreen’s Field Ecology course partnered with the Hawaiian Island Land Trust and its Waihe’e Refuge to deepen students’ understanding of conservation efforts on Maui. Students enrolled in this course immersed themselves in the land and culture, helping to create informed citizens who are equipped for active participation in future conservation efforts,” said Megan Edgar, Kihei Charter School Site Administrator.
Tēvita Ō Ka‘ili, Associate Professor and Chair of BYUH Intercultural Studies and World Languages Department said, “BYU Hawai‘i International Cultural Studies’ Cultural Anthropology Program is fortunate to participate in a conservation collaboration agreement with HILT.  We enjoy our current partnership in preserving, restoring, and conserving Maunawila Heiau, an ancient Hawaiian sacred place of healing.  Our partnership nurtures a symbiotic relationship for sharing and acting on knowledge and practices pertaining to conservation and culture.  We look forward to many fruitful years of collaboration with HILT in caring for our honua, earth.”

 

About Hawaiian Islands Land Trust:

The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2011 out of the merger of four local land trusts, and it is the first and only nationally accredited local land trust in Hawai‘i. Our mission is to protect the lands that will sustain us for current and future generations.  Through private, voluntary land conservation, HILT has conserved over 17,500 acres to date, via perpetual Conservation Easements and Fee Simple Ownership, on a number of properties with various conservation values important to residents and visitors alike.  We conserve lands that secure Hawai‘i’s long-term well-being, lands with scenic views, agricultural resources, wildlife habitats, water resource areas, cultural and historical sites, and outdoor recreation opportunities.  To learn more, go to www.hilt.org

 

About Kihei Charter School:

Kihei Charter School is an innovative public charter school serving students in grades K-12. The school is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) school, which also focuses on 21st century skills and project-based learning. As students matriculate through high school, they are facilitated towards unique learning opportunities beyond the four walls of the school that include college courses through the Running Start Program, internships, and independent projects.

 

About Brigham Young University Hawaiʻi International Cultural Studies Department – Cultural Anthropology Program:

Under the umbrella of International Cultural Studies (ICS) Department, BYU Hawai‘i’s Cultural Anthropology Program provides students with a range of knowledge concerning cultural studies. Students start with the basics focusing on contemporary applications of cultural anthropology and then proceed to encounter topics ranging from Pacific Societies to Oceanic Prehistory to Current issues in Anthropology. While gaining this knowledge, students also obtain a thorough review of social and cultural theories that have informed anthropological inquiry.

Photo: Students of BYUH at Maunawila Heiau, O‘ahu.  Courtesy of Tina Aiu.

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Enjoy “Pau Hana” on the Land!

HILT Membership Contest Winner to Enjoy “Pau Hana” on the Land!

Membership Contest - Spring 2015

Purchase a new HILT membership, renew your membership or give a gift membership from March 19, 2015 to April 22, 2015 and be entered to win “Pau Hana” for up to 10 people at one of HILT’s conserved properties of your choice:  Waihe‘e Refuge on Maui, Maunawila on O‘ahu, Kahili Beach Preserve on Kaua‘i, or one of our conservation easements on Hawai‘i Island (TBD).

This truly unique “Pau Hana” will feature delicious pupu and other refreshments as well as informative and educational discussions about the beautiful land utilized for the event.

Click here to purchase your HILT membership, renew your membership or give a gift membership. The winner will be announced on April 22, 2015, in celebration of Earth Day!

Each purchased membership equals 1 entry for the purchaser.

Your “Pau Hana” must be held by April 22, 2016.

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, 2015. 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.

 

Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge, Maui
Kahili Beach Preserve, Kaua‘i
Maunawila Heiau, O‘ahu

Photos: LightSea Images, Jennifer Luck, and Franz Schmutzer

 

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W.S. Merwin to Be Awarded HILT’s 2015 Champion of the Land Conservation Award

 

 

HILT is pleased to announce that it has selected famed poet and conservationist William Stanley Merwin to receive the organization’s 2015 Champion of the Land Conservation Award.  The Award will be presented to Mr. Merwin in person at HILT’s 14th Annual Mālama Kīpuka: Buy Back the Beach Benefit Lūʻau on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Old Lāhainā Lūʻau.  Reserve your seat today and call 808-244-5263 or buy tickets online at www.hilt.org/bbtb.  This benefit lūʻau raises critical funds for HILT’s time-sensitive land conservation mission.

HILT presents the Champion of the Land Conservation Award annually to an individual or entity who has done great things for land conservation in Hawaiʻi and for the mission of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.

Appointed United States Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress in 2010, William Stanley Merwin has a career that has spanned seven decades.   A poet, translator, gardener and environmental activist, Merwin has become one of the most widely read and honored poets in America.  He has won the Pulitzer Prize twice and received numerous other awards during his prolific and important career.  W.S. Merwin is also considered by many in the conservation field to be one of the greatest living environmental poets of our time.  He and his wife, Paula, formed The Merwin Conservancy, a Maui-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to advance and preserve the poet’s literary legacy, world famous palm collection and home in Ha‘ikū.  In October 2014, William and Paula donated a perpetual Conservation Easement to the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust on their nearly 20-acre renowned palm forest collection in Ha‘ikū.
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Photos:  Courtesy of The Merwin Conservancy

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Free 2015 Talk Story on the Land Public Environmental Education Series

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HILT’s Free 2015 Talk Story on the Land Public Environmental Education Series

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Aloha HILT Supporters,

HILT is pleased to announce its 2015 free Talk Story on the Land public environmental education series.  Click here to view the schedule of offerings and sign up today.

In January 2014, HILT launched its Talk Story on the Land public environmental education series. The purpose of this program is to give the public the free opportunity to get out and walk on the lands we work to protect, and learn about those properties, so that people can better connect with nature and the time-sensitive land conservation work of HILT.  This educational program reflects HILT’s belief that experiential education is the most powerful form of environmental education.

Almost all of the 16 hikes offered in the 2014 Talk Story on the Land series were at full capacity with wait lists.  Therefore, 24 educational hikes are being offered in the 2015 series.

Enjoy!

Mahalo,

 

Edward Sortwell Clement, Jr., Executive Director

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Photos: Courtesy of Sonny Gamponia and Franz Schmutzer

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