Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Honors Senator Brian Schatz at its Annual Buy Back The Beach Event at Old Lahaina Lu‘au

Lāhainā – 11/12/2017 - Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) will be honoring Senator Brian Schatz as its 2017 Champion of the Land at its Buy Back the Beach: Mālama Kīpuka Benefit Lū‘au on January 28, 2017.  Each year, HILT selects a person, group, or organization that has contributed significantly and has had a substantial impact on land conservation in Hawai‘i.

In addition to being a leader in clean energy initiatives, Senator Schatz formally proposed the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.  In August of 2016, President Barack Obama announced the expansion of the Monument to more than 442,000 square miles.  “This will have an enormous impact on the preservation of Hawai‘i’s natural resources and HILT is excited to award Senator Schatz as its Champion of the Land at Buy Back the Beach this year,” said Kawika Burgess, HILT’s CEO.  This action created the largest contiguous fully protected conservation area within the U.S., and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world.  “It’s a real honor to be this year’s Champion of the Land.  I share this award with the Native Hawaiian community, conservationists, scientists, researchers, the Obama Administration and many others whose hard work made the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea a reality.  I thank the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust for this recognition, and I look forward to continuing our work to protect the natural resources that make Hawai‘i so special,” said Senator Schatz. 

The event brings together Hawai‘i’s committed conservation supporters for an island-style pā‘ina under the Maui stars at the famous Old Lāhainā Lū‘au.  Guests will be treated with ‘ono lū‘au fare, complimentary cocktails, live and silent auctions and live entertainment.  This benefit helps the land trust’s efforts to protect precious landscapes and places in Hawai‘i with unique natural and cultural resources.

HILT’s supporters have enabled the land trust to deliver an incredible amount of conservation successes over the past couple of years including the protection of over 650 acres of shorelines, native forests, cultural landscapes, and farm lands across the islands.  Your support for the 2017 Buy Back the Beach “Mālama Kīpuka” benefit, will enable the land trust to deliver even more vital conservation successes in the coming year.


Event details:

Saturday, January 28, 2017

5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Old Lāhainā Lū‘au

1251 Front Street

Lāhainā, HI 96761

Tables of 8 are available for $1,400, $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000

Individual Tickets are $175 per person

Purchase Tickets online at www.hilt.org/buy-back-the-beach-2017

Or by phone at (808) 244-LAND (5263)


For more information about the event, visit www.hilt.org or call Angela Britten, Director of Development at (808) 284-9919.