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 management of the agencies 26,000 acres of landholdings. In 2014 Kawika founded Real Property Management Alliance, a real estate management company on the island of O‘ahu. Kawika is honored to serve as the CEO of Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.
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.
Guy Nakashima, Associate Executive Director of Advancement
Guy grew up in Central O‘ahu. As a child, he enjoyed adventuring into the woods and pineapple fields that surrounded his neighborhood with his friends. As the demand for housing in Mililani spiked, the woods and pineapple fields that once served as outdoor play areas for neighborhood children were replaced with housing communities. Witnessing the ever-changing landscape of his island community, Guy has dedicated himself to protecting Hawai‘i’s precious natural resources. Guy holds both a B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where his studies focused on public policy.
During graduate school, Guy interned at the State Legislature and later worked as a Committee Clerk for House of Representative’s Committee on Education Chair Roy Takumi. Since his time at the Legislature, Guy has served as the Director of Foundation and Relations at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, the Assistant Executive Director at Hi‘ipaka LLC, and most recently as President of Grant Works Hawai‘i. Guy spends his free time with his wife Kirsten at the ballpark watching their three kids play softball and baseball. Guy is an avid Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner and also enjoys playing recreational softball.
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.
Kuʻulei Kualāʻau, Marketing & Community Relations Director
Kuʻulei’s genealogical connection to the land, as a Hawaiian, serves as her motivation to protect Hawai‘i’s resources, cultural sites, wahi pana and natural beauty. By obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in History with a specialization in Hawaiian History and a minor in Hawaiian Studies, she has gained knowledge to help in that endeavor. She hopes to pass on her knowledge and love of the ʻaina to her daughter as well as others to preserve Hawai‘i for future generations.
Janet Britt, Acquisitions Specialist / Hawai‘i Island Director
For Janet, conservation has been a lifelong career. She was born and raised in Riverton, Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She worked for the Fish & Wildlife Service’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD as a raptor biologist until 1984, when she met and married her husband Tim.
After moving back to Riverton, she worked for Central Wyoming College as the assistant director of admissions, and then found her true calling in 1992 while working for the newly formed Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She worked there for nearly twenty years, most recently as the Coordinator of Conservation Projects. Passionate about caring for wildlife and the lands they depend on, Janet holds federal and state rehabilitation permits to care for injured wildlife. Janet admires the Hawaiian love and respect for the land and hopes to make a difference to the conservation of her newly adopted state.
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.