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 email@example.com