Meet The Team
The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) has a new staff team which we are very excited about. The team is a wonderful mix of new staff members with fresh ideas and enthusiasm and experienced staff members who have been with the organization since its inception. The results of this new team, in the short period of time they have been together, have been outstanding, and HILT’s future is very promising indeed.
KAWIKA BURGESS, Chief Executive Officer
Kawika attended the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and received a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Certificate in Hawaiian Language. He later attended the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and took graduate courses in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Kawika was subsequently hired by Trust For Public Land to lead a new program called the Native Lands Program to protect lands of significant cultural and historic value. He then worked at Kamehameha Schools as a Land Assets and Operations manager where he managed over 13,000 acres of land on the islands of O‘ahu and Moloka‘i including agricultural and conservation lands.
Kawika next served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and oversaw the daily operations including management of the agencies 26,000 acres of landholdings.
Prior to joining HILT in 2016, Kawika served as the President and CEO of Real Property Management Alliance, a real estate management company on the island of O‘ahu.
Scott Fisher, Associate Executive Director of Conservation
Scott grew up in Kula, and at age 17 enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his discharge, he studied at Colorado State University. Scott’s graduate work includes an M.A. in peace studies with a concentration in native Hawaiian strategies of peacemaking and reconciliation. His Ph.D. explored the dynamics of post-conflict recovery in a civil war on the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, with a particular emphasis on how communities make wise decisions about conflicts over natural resources.
Since 2003 Scott has worked for the Maui Coastal Land Trust, first as a project manager at the land trust’s 277-acre Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge and now as the Associate Executive Director of Consevation for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. In this capacity he has led all aspects of the ecological restoration work conducted by the Land Trust. Since 2005 he has served on the Maui/Lana‘i Island Burial Council and, more recently, as a board member of the Hawai‘i Wetlands Joint Venture, Public Access Trails Hawai‘i, and the Friends of Midway Atoll. Scott enjoys teaching people about cultural and natural history of Hawai‘i and pounding poi with his kids on the weekend.
Angie Britten, Development Director
Angela Britten was born and raised in Kailua, in Koʻolaupoko ahupuaʻa on the island of Oʻahu. She spent her childhood exploring the mountains and valleys of Oʻahu, learning the history and stories of her home and exploring the oceans surrounding the islands as a paddler for Kailua Canoe Club. Angie earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa specializing in Ethnic Literature and Hawaiian Studies.
She has worked in development for the last 10 years, most recently with Hawaiʻi Theatre Center and before that with Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. Angie has served as a board member for a number of nonprofit organizations including serving as Vice President of Leadership for the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Aloha Chapter. Her upbringing and education inspired a passionate love for her one hānau (birth home) and its natural spaces. She enjoys practicing Hawaiian language, hiking, paddling and spending time with her daughter.
Angela Anderson, Kaua‘i Island Director
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Angela’s early experiences hiking rainforest trails, exploring rocky coastlines and swimming in frigid mountain waters helped form her life-long dedication to the protection of the natural environment. For over 20 years, she has been studying and working in the environmental field throughout the U.S.
Angela received her B.A. from Columbia University, where she designed an individualized dual major in Environmental Science and Economics. Post graduation, she interned at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, Office of Innovation, in Seattle WA. She drew on such experiences in her next position at Columbia University’s Earth Semester at Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona, where she lectured on topics such as Environmental Economics, Conflict Resolution and The Human Role in Environmental Change. Ultimately, her interests in conservation led her to pursue a law degree in Hawai‘i.
Since 2001, Angela has called Hawai‘i home. In 2004/05, she received her J.D. from the University of Hawai‘i’s William S. Richardson School of Law with Graduate Certificates in Environmental Law and Conflict Resolution. In 2006, she clerked for Judge Kathleen Watanabe of the Fifth Circuit Court. After which time, she has worked in private practice, specializing in environmental and land use law. For the past decade, Angela has integrated her deep commitment to conservation within her law practice and public service on Kaua‘i.
Prior to serving as the Kaua‘i Island Director, she was an active HILT Kaua‘i Island Council member. Since 2013, she has served in the Environmental Seat on the County of Kaua‘i Planning Commission. In her downtime, Angela especially enjoys playing outdoors (e.g. hiking, practicing yoga, and kayaking) with her husband and two daughters.
James Crowe, Land Steward
Born and raised on Maui, James is rooted in the islands. That connection continues to grow stronger as he works to restore natural systems endemic to Hawai‘i and takes pride in the renewed life that has been given to the land.