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  • Check Out A Video Clip of Our Mālama Kīpuka Gala 2014!
  • Conserve Land & Be Entered to Win a Package to Andaz Maui at Wailea!
  • HILT Selected as Favorite Nonprofit Organization!
  • E Mālama ‘Āina Kākou: Party for the Land
  • HILT welcomes new full-time O‘ahu Island Director

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.

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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


HILT’s Fall/Winter ‘Umeke Kā‘eo Newsletter


Hot off the press! Read HILT’s latest newsletter!

‘Umeke Kā‘eo brings you the latest news from HILT: Executive Director, Ted Clement, outlines achievements for the year; HILT welcomes two new Board Members; important ‘Āina Actions including the acquisition of a 12.2-acre parcel at Kahili Beach on Kaua‘i, the donation of a perpetual conservation easement in Volcano on Hawai‘i Island as a part of our Kīpuka Mosaic Project and an update on saving the iconic lands of Honolua and Līpoa Point on Maui are detailed; volunteers at Waihe‘e Refuge are appreciated; and HILT’s ‘Āina Ho‘oilina Society, Membership Program and Staff Team are highlighted.

‘Umeke Kā‘eo, literally a well-stocked calabash, represents bounty and sustenance, not only for the physical body, but also for the mind and spirit. If the bowl is full, we are nourished. At this time of Thanksgiving, remember our beaches, mountains, stunning scenic vistas, forests, cultural and historical sites, ranches and farms, and other outdoor recreation areas. Lands that sustain us all year long. Please consider a year end annual gift to the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust to support our continued success in achieving our audacious and time-sensitive land conservation goals in 2014.

For the current ‘Umeke Kā‘eo newsletter, click here.
For past newsletters in our archive, click here.


HILT Seeks an O‘ahu Island Director


Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) seeks a full-time, energetic and exceptional O‘ahu Island Director.  HILT is a nationally accredited non-profit land trust with a mission to protect the lands in Hawai‘i that will sustain us for current and future generations.  Charged by the Executive Director, the O‘ahu Island Director is the HILT organizational representative to the O‘ahu Island community.  This position is responsible for managing, cultivating, and strengthening relationships within the community and transforming these relationships into more donors, land conservation transactions, volunteers, and long-term advocates for HILT.  Candidates must be ethical, hard-working and positive, passionate about land conservation, have applicable work experience and knowledge of the O‘ahu Island landscape and community, and should have a Bachelor’s degree.  Submit resume and cover letter to malia@hilt.org by December 2, 2013.  For a complete job description, click here.