This Earth Day, the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) has happy news to share. Today, April 22nd, HILT and the Kihei Charter School (“KCS”) signed a creative new Conservation Collaboration Agreement. The parties to this Agreement recognize that the State of Hawai‘i’s natural environment is greatly threated 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 Hawai‘i while furthering their respective land conservation and education missions by collaborating together. HILT applauds KCS for its leadership and understanding of the importance of land conservation for the long-term well-being of its students.
The Conservation Collaboration Agreement signed today has three main components. HILT staff will provide educational presentations regarding land conservation to KCS students in the 7th and 8th grades. In the coming weeks, HILT and KCS will also collaborate on an Earth Day 2014 cleanup of HILT’s Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge. Finally, KCS will work towards raising the necessary funds by December 2014 so that its 7th and 8th grade 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 what our future environment will be like. The new membership program offers an affordable annual membership level, the Waihe‘e 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.
The mission of KCS, a non-profit school, is to conceptualize, organize, and build innovative learning environments with custom designed educational programs that will prepare students for a satisfying and productive life in the 21st Century.
HILT, a non-profit land trust, has a mission to protect the lands that sustain us for current and future generations. HILT works to protect lands with a number of conservation values that we depend upon (wildlife habitat, agricultural land, water resource areas, outdoor recreational space, cultural places, scenic vistas, etc.) while also educating the community about the importance of conserving our cherished piece of paradise. To date, HILT has conserved over 17,000 acres across the State of Hawai‘i.