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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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In This Issue:
Free Talk Story on the Land Series Expanded
HILT Happenings
World Renowned Hana Highway and Coastal Corridor Being Protected
Join the HILT Team
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.

 

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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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Aloha HILT Supporters

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Aloha HILT Supporters,

As we near the end of this year and reflect back, it is clear that the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust has been going through incredible growth these last two years so we have much to be merry and thankful for this holiday season.

Please consider some of the following examples of this terrific growth:

Figure 1: Number of Land Acquisition Projects Completed in a Year (Conservation Easements and Fee Simple Projects)

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Figure 2: Donor Base Size Per Year

 

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Figure 3: Largest Individual Private Cash Gift Received Per Year (*In 2013, two private $100,000 gifts received)

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Figure 4: Private Annual Revenue on Cash Basis

 

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There are many other examples of HILT’s immense growth these last couple of years such as the following: achieving National Accreditation, something achieved by less than 20% of the nation’s land trusts; launching creative and well received public education and outreach programs such as our Talk Story on the Land environmental education series and our Conservation Collaboration Agreements with local schools; and starting HILT’s new membership program on Earth Day 2013 which has attracted numerous HILT supporters (families, students, realtors and their clients, etc.).

These reflections give us a lot of holiday cheer, especially when we think of you, our supporters, as your growing private individual support has helped HILT grow immensely and significantly further our land conservation mission as demonstrated above. Together, we are truly making a lasting green difference for the benefit of current and future generations in Hawaiʻi. Thank you! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and New Year!

Mahalo,

Edward Sortwell Clement, Jr., Executive Director

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You can make a lasting green difference today by donating to Hawaiian Islands Land Trust’s 2014 Year End Appeal.

Click HERE to donate today. 

Your gift today will be a gift to current and future generations!

Photo: Courtesy of Tina Aiu

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Mahalo & Happy Thanksgiving

Aloha HILT ‘Ohana,

This Thanksgiving season we are deeply thankful for you and your support, the terrific successes you helped us achieve this past year, and the incredible lands that make up our beautiful State.Perhaps the best way for us to thank you for your support, and show our respect to this spectacular place, is to deliver tangible and lasting accomplishments with our land conservation mission.  This year, thanks to your support, we were able to deliver a number of tangible and lasting thank you notes such as the following:

  • Launched HILT’s successful New Talk Story on the Land free environmental education series;
  • Acquired and conserved HILT’s first public preserve on Oʻahu, the Maunawila Heiau Preserve;
  • Secured HILT’s first Conservation Collaboration Agreement with a local school;
  • Acquired a perpetual Conservation Easement on the Jackson property in the Volcano area of Hawaiʻi Island – HILT’s 5th Conservation Easement for our Kīpuka Mosaic Project there;
  • Awarded National Accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission;
  • Completed the complex Kaulahao closing and acquired a perpetual Conservation Easement on that land along the north shore of Maui;
  • Acquired a perpetual Conservation Easement on the world renowned Merwin Palm Forest on Maui;
  • Acquired a perpetual Conservation Easement on the Dreisbach land in the scenic Hana Highway coastal corridor; and
  • Acquired a perpetual Conservation Easement on the HRP Hana LLC land contiguous with the Dreisbach land previously conserved – the HRP Hana LLC Conservation Easement marked our sixth successful conservation closing of the year, an all-time HILT record.

I am pleased to report that we are also hard at work on writing more tangible and lasting thank you notes to you before year’s end.

We are wishing you and your family a truly wonderful Thanksgiving season, and please know how thankful we are for you and all the good things you do to help advance HILT’s time-sensitive land conservation mission.

Mahalo,

Edward Sortwell Clement, Jr., Executive Director

Save the Date for #GivingTuesday on December 2 and help HILT raise $40,000 to acquire another permanent Conservation Easement before December 31, 2014 and end the year strong. The property will afford the public important scenic vistas, agricultural values, historical and cultural resources, and watershed values.

Click HERE to donate today. 

Spread the word NOW to family, friends and colleagues about HILT’s participation in the #GivingTuesday movement so that on Tuesday, December 2 we can create land conservation impact in Hawai‘i…Together.  

Also, post on social media about HILT’s participation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Tag HILT, GivingTuesday and @GivingTuesdayHI and use these hashtags #SaveLand #GivingTuesday #UNselfie and #ohanaofgiving.

 

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World Renowned Hana Highway & Coastal Corridor Being Protected

photo-14HILT is pleased to announce that it has received two donated perpetual Conservation Easements on open space lands along the world renowned scenic Hana Highway and coastal corridor in Hana.

The first Conservation Easement was donated to HILT on October 22, 2014 by Ronald and Marianne Dreisbach, as Trustees of The Dreisbach Family Trust, on 4.6 +/- acres of their land on the makai (ocean) side of Hana Highway.  Regarding this gift which will ensure this important land remains open space, Ronald and Marianne Dreisbach stated, “We are humbled and thankful to be able to play a small part in the preservation of this incredible coastline.”

The second Conservation Easement was donated to HILT on November 24, 2014 by HRP Hana LLC on 10.63 +/- acres of their land which is contiguous with the above-mentioned conserved Dreisbach land and is also on the makai side of Hana Highway.  Roy O’Connor, Chairman of HRP Hana LLC, said, “HRP Hana LLC are pleased to insure the continued open space, agricultural use, and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean this land provides along this beautiful stretch of the Hana Highway.”

A Conservation Easement is HILT’s primary conservation tool.  It is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a qualified conservation organization, such as HILT, that permanently restricts certain activities on the 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.

These recently acquired Conservation Easements build upon and compliment the 2003 Conservation Easement secured by the Maui Coastal Land Trust, now merged with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, on the nearby 41 +/- acre property shown on the map below:

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The new Dreisbach Conservation Easement and HRP Hana LLC Conservation Easement protect 15.23 +/- contiguous acres of open space which contain important conservation values such as the scenic vistas afforded passersby on the Hana Highway and coastal corridor in Hana.  This land area also has agricultural values, cultural and historical values, water resource values, and wildlife habitat values.

Ted Clement, HILT’s Executive Director, stated, “We thank the Dreisbachs and HRP Hana LLC for their long-term vision, generosity and leadership.  Piece by piece we are protecting important lands along this incredible Hana Highway and coastal corridor.  These recently acquired Conservation Easements mark our fifth and sixth successful conservation closings this year, an all-time record for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, and we thank our supporters for helping making that possible.”

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Save the Date for #GivingTuesday on December 2 and help HILT raise $40,000 to help us acquire another permanent Conservation Easement before December 31, 2014 and end the year strong. The property will afford the public important scenic vistas, agricultural values, historical and cultural resources, and watershed values.

Click HERE to donate today. 

Spread the word NOW to family, friends and colleagues about HILT’s participation in the #GivingTuesday movement so that on Tuesday, December 2 we can create land conservation impact in Hawai‘i…Together.

Also, post on social media about HILT’s participation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Tag HILT, GivingTuesday and @GivingTuesdayHI and use these hashtags #SaveLand #GivingTuesday #UNselfie and #ohanaofgiving.

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