Talk Story on the Land Series Connects Locals and Visitors With Unique Hawaiian Landscapes

Kaiholena South, Hawai‘i Island

Kaiholena South, Hawai‘i Island

Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) has launched its 2017 “Talk Story on the Land” environmental education series of free, guided hikes across the islands.  The popular series aims to connect residents and visitors with the ‘āina (land). 

“One of the best things about Hawai‘i is our storied places and our beautiful natural and cultural resources. We want to share these stories and these places that have been preserved for future generations,” said Kawika Burgess, CEO of HILT.

The Talk Story series offers enriching experiences at HILT’s public preserves, such as the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes and Wetland Refuge and Nu‘u Refuge on Maui, Maunawila Heiau on O‘ahu, and Kāhili Beach Preserve on Kaua‘i where the land trust implements its stewardship and educational programs.   

Each year, HILT offers at least 24 free, guided hikes. HILT also conducts special “members-only” hikes for land trust members which anyone can become by visiting hilt.org.  HILT strives to conserve lands throughout Hawai‘i with ecological, agricultural, cultural, and historical values to keep these special places intact. 

To join HILT on a Talk Story hike and learn about its mission, conservation work, and how to get involved in your community, call (808) 244-5263 or visit hilt.org.  Support for the land trust helps further HILT’s mission to protect the lands that sustain us for current and future generations. 

The staff’s passion for what they do shows in every experience I’ve had.
— Blanca Lafolette, Talk Story participant