A Breath of Life Breezes Through HILT With New CEO Kawika K. Burgess
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In This Issue:
Lands That Sustain Us
Mauka to Makai Conservation
Our Kuleana to ‘Aina
New Na Koa ‘Aina Distinguished Fellows Program
Annual Giving Report 2015
Transition is never an easy undertaking for any organization, particularly for non-profits. However, when the change means welcoming a new individual with ties to the community, someone who has spent his life building relationships across the islands, and expertise on land and resource management in Hawai‘i learned from being out on the ‘aina (land), transition doesn't seem so complicated.
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) recently announced its appointment of Kawika K. Burgess as its new Chief Executive Officer. Born and raised in Maunalua, O‘ahu, Kawika spent many weekends and summers on the North Shore of O‘ahu as well as on the neighboring islands including Kona on Hawai‘i Island, Lahaina Maui, and Kapa‘a Kaua‘i where his father lived for periods of time. While growing up, his father instilled in him a deep respect for the land, history, and culture of Hawai‘i. He enjoys ocean sports including surfing, body boarding, and throw net fishing. Kawika comes to HILT from a real estate management company that he founded, Real Property Management Alliance. He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, as the Land Assets and Operations Manager at Kamehameha Schools, and as Program Coordinator for the Trust For Public Land's Native Lands Program.
With his background rooted in ‘aina,
HILT is happy to welcome Burgess as its new CEO.
"Kawika has the unique skill set that the Search Committee and Board of Directors were looking for. His leadership and organizational experience, land management skills, and established relationships will all be a welcome addition to our leadership team. We are all very pleased that he agreed to join the land trust and we look forward to great things ahead as we protect Hawai‘i's special places." -Matt Beall, Chair of HILT's Board of Directors