Cloud Forest Thrives on Slope of Hualalai

Cloud Forest Thrives on Slope of Hualalai

Across the many lava flows on Hualalai at an elevation of about 3,500 feet, you reach Kona Cloud Forest on Hawai‘i Island.  As you travel up, the road winds through several ecosystems, beginning with the lower, more tropical palms and ending up at an elevation of around 6,100 feet where you find aalii, pukiawe and hardy ohia.  Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) recently protected the Cloud Forest by recording a conservation easement on a 10-acre parcel of land in the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary owned by Norman C. Bezona and his extended family.  

Making the Most of Hiking in Hawaii

Making the Most of Hiking in Hawaii

As a self-described outdoor enthusiast one of my favorite activities is to hit the trails. I have experienced a variety of challenging and beautiful trails while hiking and backpacking all over Hawaii and met a number of interesting people along the way. I have come to know that there are a few different types of hikers you’ll meet. Some prefer interesting geological, or botanical characteristics, scenic vistas, or cooling waterfalls; others prefer challenging hikes with long mileage, difficult, vertical terrain, or narrow ridgelines. And then, there are those who prefer “famous” hikes with characteristics or reputations that make for good social media posts.

GROWING A LEGACY – LANDOWNER ASSISTANCE SUMMER WORKSHOPS

HONOLULU -- Oʻahu landowners are invited to attend a Landowner Acquisition and Easement workshop on Saturday June 3, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Palehua Ranch in Honouliuli.

Coordinated by West O‘ahu Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), HILT, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the workshop brings together a group of landowners, land managers, and resource experts to provide insights on the successes, challenges and opportunities of legacy planning, acquisitions and easements. 

Pets and Wildlife

Pets and Wildlife

The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust owns several public preserves around Hawaii.  While we do have preserves where dogs are allowed, such as the Veterans Peace Park in Kahului, most of the preserves are places where dogs, other than verified service dogs, are not allowed.  These lands were purchased because they contain an abundance of wildlife species and provide habitat for many species which are rare or endangered, primarily birds that nest and forage on these lands.  Our preserves are also home to our two mammal species, the hoary bat and the monk seal, both of which raise their young on the lands and waters that make up our preserves.  We welcome public access but have found that our animal companions, especially dogs, negatively impact wildlife that live on these refuges.