HONOLULU – September 6, 2016 – Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) announced today that it has appointed Kawika K. Burgess as its new Chief Executive Officer. Kawika comes to HILT from Real Property Management Alliance, a real estate management company he founded in 2015. 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.
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 Mānoa taking graduate courses in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.
Chairman of HILT’s Board of Directors, Matt Beall, explained the appointment, “Kawika has the unique skillset 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.”
“HILT is accomplishing great conservation work in Hawai‘i and I am honored and humbled to join the organization. HILT has a great board, dedicated staff, a strong membership base, generous support from donors and volunteers, and a very compelling mission to protect the lands that sustain us for current and future generations. We protect that which we all love about Hawai‘i; its watersheds, native forests, coastal lands, cultural and historic sites, agricultural lands, scenic vistas, and outdoor recreational areas. These lands are the essence of Hawai‘i, and it is up to us to make sure that they remain for our children and for future generations." -Kawika K. Burgess
About Hawaiian Islands Land Trust: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2011 out of the merger of four local land trusts, and it is the first and only nationally accredited local land trust in Hawai‘i. Our mission is to protect the lands that will sustain us for current and future generations. HILT has conserved over 17,500 acres to date, via perpetual Conservation Easements and Fee Simple Ownership, on a number of properties with various conservation values important to residents and visitors alike. We conserve lands that secure Hawai‘i’s long-term well-being, lands with scenic views, agricultural resources, wildlife habitats, water resource areas, cultural and historical sites, and outdoor recreation opportunities. Become a Member Today!