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E Mālama ‘Āina Kākou on Oʻahu

  • Lanikuhonua 92-1001 Olani Street Kapolei, Hawaii USA (map)

E Mālama ‘Āina Kākou
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Mānoa Heritage Center and Sam & Mary Cooke as HILT’s 2017 Kahu o ka ‘Āina

Each year, HILT selects a person, group, or organization that has made a substantial impact on land conservation in Hawaii.
“The story of Manoa Heritage Center and its founders Sam and Mary Cooke is a great one. Their love for Hawaii, its people, and the impact they have had in preserving a wahi pana in the heart of Manoa Valley is tremendous, ” said Kawika Burgess, HILT’s CEO.
Manoa Heritage Center, founded in 1996 is a nonprofit whose mission is to promote the thoughtful stewardship of the natural and cultural heritage of Hawaii. Located on a 3.5-acre site, the Center includes Kualii, a historic home and private Cooke family residence, a Native Hawaiian garden, and Kukaoo, an ancient heiau restored in 1993. Each year, over 2,500 students, educators, residents, and tourists visit the Manoa Heritage Center to learn about Hawaii’s rich values and practices.
Serving as long time Manoa Valley community leaders and caretakers of Manoa Heritage Center’s treasured natural and cultural assets since 1962, Sam and Mary are a shining example of what private citizens can do to safeguard Hawaii’s remaining assets which are at risk of extinction. “Sam and I were born and raised in the islands and always felt a deep kuleana to prevent wastefulness, conserve what nature has graciously provided, and ensure that our precious resources are available in perpetuity” explains Mary Cooke.
“It is a great honor to have the work of Manoa Heritage Center and Sam and Mary Cooke recognized by an organization doing valuable conservation work throughout the Hawaiian archipelago. We have profound respect for HILT whose work is consistent in accomplishing our mission to educate the next generation of preservationists and conservationists. When we come together and align our efforts, great things happen for all of us.” affirms Jessica Welch, executive director for Manoa Heritage Center.

E Malama Aina Kakou brings together supporters for an island-style paina under the stars at the gorgeous grounds at Lanikuhonua.  Guests will be treated to ono fare provided by the excellent chefs of Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, complimentary cocktails, an exciting auction, and live entertainment.  This benefit provides support for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust’s efforts to protect coastal lands, historical and cultural landscapes, and working farms and ranches across Hawaii.
Table Sponsorships and Tickets:
$7,500 premium table – seats 10
$5,000 premium table – seats 10
$2,500 table – seats 10
Individual Tickets  $250 each

Click here for a list of sponsor benefits.

If you cannot attend but would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust to ensure the ongoing conservation of the lands that sustain us, please click here.

Should you wish to extend the festivities with a weekend getaway, the Four Seasons Resort Oahu is extending a generous offer to our guests for an exclusive group rate for August 25th thru 27th including ½ off valet parking. This rate is based on availability, is not combinable with any other promotional offers or packages and may be reserved by calling the hotel’s reservations line at (808) 679-0079 and mentioning the “Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Call –in Block”.

For more information contact Angela Britten at:
Mahalo to our generous event sponsors:

Later Event: November 17
Hawaii Island Paina