Aloha HILT ‘Ohana,
I am so grateful for my work with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”). It has enabled me to get to know and work with the numerous special people who make up HILT. It has afforded me the opportunity to diligently serve this terrific organization and, with the good people here, help it grow and protect this incredible place. Further, it has helped my family and I grow while living amidst the spectacular natural beauty here. Thank you so very much! With the significant growth at HILT, a strong staff in place set up to handle matters, and a special opportunity that was just offered to me, it is time that I move on. Thus,Tuesday, September 29, 2015 will be my last day of work as HILT’s Executive Director.
A land trust in California, which has been doing decades of great work in an area that benefits millions and millions of nearby people, has offered me an Executive Director position which I have accepted. When I start that job in a few weeks, that land trust will make a public announcement so I will respect that process and keep the specifics quiet until then.
In addition to this opportunity to do a lot of good, this is also about family. My oldest son headed off to college in California this past month despite our efforts to interest him in the University of Hawaiʻi. We realized that we would probably only be able to see him about once or twice a year if we stayed in Hawaiʻi, and we view family time together as an important quality of life matter. This new job will enable us to see our oldest son more regularly while also better helping him with the expense of college. Further, the new job will enable me to see my brother, one of my best friends, more regularly as he lives out west and his wife is from California.
I am so grateful that we were able to accomplish so much together in my time here (January 2013 – September 2015). It has been such an honor to work with you all. HILT is made up of so many special people who will continue to help the organization grow and do great things in furtherance of its land conservation mission. With heart-felt gratitude to you all!
Edward Sortwell Clement, Jr.