Aloha HILT Ohana,
First of all, thank you all for all of your support in helping HILT close out 2016 with a strong fourth quarter! We will be moving forward with the current momentum we have to build a strong pipeline of quality land conservation projects this year, expand our community engagement, support our great stewardship efforts, and strengthen our organizational capacity in 2017.
Here are a few highlights of some of our 2017 land projects:
Kona, Hawaii - Kona Cloud Forest
HILT’s first 2017 project was recorded on February 6, 2017. The 10-acre property in Kona is part of the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary, and owner Norman Bezona has stated he would like to preserve the rest of the land that he owns there. The forest contains towering ohia trees, ieie vines, hapuu ferns, and varieties of palms, bamboo, and flowers including many native plant species. The Kona cloud forest also serves as a sanctuary for a variety of native birds including rare species such as the akepa, amakihi, apapane, and elepaio.
Kealakekua, Hawaii - Honolulu Coffee Company Phase 2
The Kealakekua Pali on Hawaii Island is a priority area on the Hawaii Island Iconic Land’s list. HILT staff are working on a second easement on 150 acres adjacent to the existing 75-acre easement. The land is currently being used as pasture land and will be planted in coffee. The 150-acre portion also contains swaths of ohia forest and habitat for native forest birds. The property is pending subdivision with Hawaii County, and the conservation easement will proceed once the property is subdivided.
TPL has acquired the 1.5-acre property and is awaiting funding from the City and County of Honolulu to complete the transaction and transfer fee simple ownership to Ka Huli o Haloa, with a conservation easement to be held by the City and County of Honolulu and HILT. The Hakipuu Loi property contains loi kalo that have been in active cultivation since ancient times in Hakipuu.
HILT staff is working to preserve a portion of the iconic Keanae peninsula to ensure six acres of this cultural and historical treasure of traditional taro loi are preserved and continue to be farmed in this rural Maui community.
Pali to Puamana, Maui
For many years the community of West Maui, Maui County, West Maui representatives, and community stakeholders have developed and supported the Pali to Puamana Parkway Masterplan which entails relocating the Honoapiilani Highway further ma uka from the coastline to protect the coastline from shoreline hardening projects, locate the highway in a safer location, and preserve the coastal open spaces for recreational opportunities and to retain the fabulous view planes along the newly constructed scenic byway of Maui’s beautiful coast and the islands of Kahoolawe, Lanai, and Molokai. HILT staff is working with community members, area representatives, and landowners to identify lands to be protected along the Pali to Puamana corridor to fulfill this vision for West Maui. We are continuing to explore options for the protection of this iconic coastline.
Honolua Bay/Lipoa Point, Maui
DLNR is moving forward with management planning for the Honolua Bay/Lipoa Point lands. HILT, Aha Moku o Kaanapali, and the Save Honolua Coalition remain involved in the planning process. HILT may be able to acquire a conservation easement on the land to ensure that the open space, public access, and other natural resources are preserved in perpetuity.
Upcoming Activities & Events:
Please join us on our popular Talk Story on the Land series: http://www.hilt.org/hawaiian-islands-land-trust/2017/2/3/talk-story-on-the-land-series-connects-locals-and-visitors-with-unique-hawaiian-landscapes?rq=Talk%20Story%20on%20the%20Land
2017 Volunteer Days have also been set: http://www.hilt.org/join-us/volunteer/
Awards and Recognition:
HILT has been selected to receive the APIL Nonprofit Sector Award at the 7th Annual APIL Gala on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the Laniakea YWCA for HILT’s work in and support of public interest law. Please join us at the Gala the evening of March 9th if you are able to attend: http://www.apilatuh.com/7th-annual-gala.html
Board Chair, Matt Beall was selected by Hawaii Community Foundation as one of their 2016 Outstanding Professional Advisors: http://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/professional-advisors/outstanding-pas
Board Advisor, Kitty Lagareta is PBN’s Women Who Mean Business 2017 Career Achievement Honoree: http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2017/02/10/kitty-lagareta-is-pbns-women-who-mean-business.html
Mahalo for all of your support and dedication to protecting the lands that sustain us!