HILT

Ka Leo O Ka Aina - Ianuali 2018

"Message from the Land" - January 2018

Land Acquisition and Protection:

The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust continued to protect the lands that sustain us here in Hawaii in 2017 with the acquisition of a conservation easement on 150-acres of Kealakekua farm lands on the Honolulu Coffee Company farm and an additional conservation easement on 10-acres of native ohia forest and native bird habitat in the Kona cloud forest of Kaloko.

Honolulu Coffee Company farm in Kealakekua, Hawaii

Honolulu Coffee Company farm in Kealakekua, Hawaii

With these additions to HILT's portfolio of protected lands across Hawaii, the organization has protected over 18,000 acres of Hawaii's special landscapes and their precious natural resources. 

Kona cloud forest, Kaloko, Hawaii 

Kona cloud forest, Kaloko, Hawaii 

Stewardship and Ecological Restoration

HILT staff and volunteers are engaged in the management planning process for Honolua Bay/Lipoa Point with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Planning Consultants Hawaii, and community organizations and stakeholders including the Save Honolua Coalition

Honolua Bay, Maui

Honolua Bay, Maui

HILT staff and dedicated volunteers also continued ecological restoration work at each of the land trusts' five public preserves. 

Seabury Hall students help remove invasive species at the Nuu Refuge, Maui

Seabury Hall students help remove invasive species at the Nuu Refuge, Maui

At HILT's Nuu Refuge in Kaupo, Maui, students and volunteers helped to remove invasive plants from over 1,000 linear feet of the Nuu pond. Bird counts this year indicate that the native waterbirds are doing well at this important wetland providing a connecting point between Maui and Hawaii Island. 

Ko'oloa'ula thriving at the Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetland Refuge, Maui

Ko'oloa'ula thriving at the Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetland Refuge, Maui

Thanks to the many dedicated volunteers at the Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetland Refuge, over 550 native plants were put in the ground this past year and many of the native species are thriving including the ko'oloa'ula.

BYUH Students and Volunteers at Maunawila Heiau, O'ahu

BYUH Students and Volunteers at Maunawila Heiau, O'ahu

Over 2-tons of trees and shrubs were cleared from the Maunawila cultural preserve, and community leaders began a kilo program to discover and map the celestial alignments at the heiau. 

Volunteers at Kahili Beach, Kauai

Volunteers at Kahili Beach, Kauai

The Kia'i Kahili volunteers continued to conduct beach clean-ups at the beautiful Kahili Beach in Kilauea, Kaua'i. 

Team Kokua  from Hawaiian Airlines at Maunawila Heiau, O'ahu

Team Kokua from Hawaiian Airlines at Maunawila Heiau, O'ahu

Collectively, over 2,700 volunteers came out to help restore our public preserves and contributed over 6,600 hours to help malama these precious landscapes. Mahalo nui loa to all of HILT's incredible volunteers! 

Outreach and Education

Talk Story on the Land at Kaiholena, Kohala, Hawaii

Talk Story on the Land at Kaiholena, Kohala, Hawaii

HILT's popular Talk Story on the Land series of educational hikes sharing about the natural and cultural history, and resources of our protected areas continued to engage residents and visitors on each island. The land trust was able to lead 65 hikes and share the importance of land conservation with 895 participants promoting the ethic of malama aina. 

HILT Board Member McD Philpotts shares about conservation efforts with landowners at Palehua Ranch, Honouliuli, O'ahu. 

HILT Board Member McD Philpotts shares about conservation efforts with landowners at Palehua Ranch, Honouliuli, O'ahu. 

HILT was also able to partner with the West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District, the Division of Forestry and Wildlife and other partners to provide two landowner outreach events to Hawaii landowners interested in learning about the opportunities and benefits of voluntary land conservation programs in Hawai'i. 

Landowner outreach at  Waimea Valley , Oahu

Landowner outreach at Waimea Valley, Oahu

Events

Jessica Welch, Executive Director of the Manoa Heritage Center and Mary Cooke accept the 2017 Kahu o Ka Aina Award presented by HILT Board Chairman Matt Beall at HILT's 2017 Malama Aina Kakou event at Lanikuhonua

Jessica Welch, Executive Director of the Manoa Heritage Center and Mary Cooke accept the 2017 Kahu o Ka Aina Award presented by HILT Board Chairman Matt Beall at HILT's 2017 Malama Aina Kakou event at Lanikuhonua

HILT had the privilege of honoring Sam and Mary Cooke and the Manoa Heritage Center for the 2017 Kahu o Ka Aina Award at the Malama Aina Kakou event at Lanikuhonua, Oahu. Over 250 land conservation supporters came out to help celebrate the protection and perpetuation of Hawaii's unique natural and cultural heritage. 

Guest Celebrity Chef Andrew Le from Pig and a Lady and Executive Chef Vince McCarthy at Merriman's Waimea

Guest Celebrity Chef Andrew Le from Pig and a Lady and Executive Chef Vince McCarthy at Merriman's Waimea

We were extremely fortunate to have Celebrity Guest Chef Andrew Le from Pig and the Lady and Executive Chef Vince McCarthy of Merriman's Waimea provide an incredible evening of cuisine to celebrate at the 2017 Hawaii Island Paina in Waimea. 

Celebrity Guest Chef Mark Noguchi, Executive Chef Mark Arriola, and the crew at Merriman's Fish House in Poipu, Kaua'i

Celebrity Guest Chef Mark Noguchi, Executive Chef Mark Arriola, and the crew at Merriman's Fish House in Poipu, Kaua'i

The HILT "Ohana on Kaua'i had a blast this year at the SOLD OUT Kaua'i Island Pa'ina with Celebrity Guest Chef Mark Noguchi from the Pili Group and Executive Chef Mark Arriola at Merriman's Fish House in Poipu, Kaua'i. 

HILT Board Members at Buy Back the Beach 2017

HILT Board Members at Buy Back the Beach 2017

The 16th annual Buy Back the Beach at the Old Lahaina Luau was another incredible event with 348 attendees helping to honor US Senator Brian Schatz as the 2017 Champion of the Land. 

Volunteer of the Year awardees Tom Huber and Tommy Morris along with HILT Land Steward, James Crowe

Volunteer of the Year awardees Tom Huber and Tommy Morris along with HILT Land Steward, James Crowe

We had an awesome gathering at the annual picnic at Waihe'e and were pleased to honor two of HILT's most loyal and dedicated volunteers, Tommy Morris and Tom Huber. 

Awards

HILT was honored to receive a Preservation Commendation award from the Historic Hawaii Foundation at the 2017 Preservation Honor Awards. 

It was also a pleasure to receive the Non-profit Sector Award from the Advocates for Public Interest Law at the 2017 APIL Gala event. 

Mahalo nui to everyone who helped make 2017 a great year for land conservation in Hawai'i! 

225-acres of Prime Kealakekua Farmlands Protected in Perpetuity Hawaiian Islands Land Trust acquires second conservation easement from HCC Farms, LLC ensuring that the land will remain in agriculture

225-acres of Prime Kealakekua Farmlands Protected in Perpetuity Hawaiian Islands Land Trust acquires second conservation easement from HCC Farms, LLC ensuring that the land will remain in agriculture

KEALAKEKUA, HAWAII - June 30, 2017 - The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) and Honolulu Coffee announced today that a second conservation easement protecting 150-acres of prime agricultural land situated above Kealakekua Bay and part of the Honolulu Coffee Company’s thriving coffee farm was sold to the land trust. 

Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Honors the Manoa Heritage Center Founded by Sam and Mary Cooke at its Annual E Mālama ‘Āina Kākou Benefit at Lanikuhonua

Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Honors the Manoa Heritage Center Founded by Sam and Mary Cooke at its Annual E Mālama ‘Āina Kākou Benefit at Lanikuhonua

HONOLULU –  Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) will be honoring the Manoa Heritage Center, founded by Sam and Mary Cooke at the E Mālama ‘Āina Kākou benefit on Saturday, August 26th.  Each year, HILT selects a person, group, or organization that has made a substantial impact on land conservation in Hawai‘i.

“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 Mānoa Valley is tremendous,” said Kāwika Burgess, HILT’s CEO.

Making the Most of Hiking in Hawaii

Making the Most of Hiking in Hawaii

As a self-described outdoor enthusiast one of my favorite activities is to hit the trails. I have experienced a variety of challenging and beautiful trails while hiking and backpacking all over Hawaii and met a number of interesting people along the way. I have come to know that there are a few different types of hikers you’ll meet. Some prefer interesting geological, or botanical characteristics, scenic vistas, or cooling waterfalls; others prefer challenging hikes with long mileage, difficult, vertical terrain, or narrow ridgelines. And then, there are those who prefer “famous” hikes with characteristics or reputations that make for good social media posts.

Five Things About HILT's New Executive Director

5 Things About HILT's New Executive Director:

Join us in welcoming Edward “Ted” Clement to Hawaiian Islands Land Trust as the new executive director. He joins us from a long and successful leadership at Rhode Island’s Aquidneck Land Trust. Ted, his wife, and children recently moved to Wailuku, Maui, where HILT is headquartered. His official first day is next Monday, January 14, but get to know Ted a little here:

1. Early life memories: being in nature with his family. Growing up in Vermont, he and his family spent a lot of time in the mountains, forests and farms there. Later, an influential high school teacher encouraged Ted to turn his love for nature into a career. He studied environmental science in college, taught at Outward Bound, and later joined the Peace Corp where he was stationed at a national park in Thailand. Upon his return to the States, Ted completed his juris doctor degree, with a focus on land conservation law, and began his work with land trusts. To this day, Ted still loves being in nature with his family. Here they are at the summit of Haleakala this past New Year’s Day.

2. First order of business: Listening. “I plan to spend time with each member of the staff and board individually, as well as stakeholders, to hear their stories. By respectfully listening to each person, the nexus points—strengths, weaknesses, next-steps, priorities—begin to come clear.”

3. Newest favorite thing: Running up ‘Iao Valley A one-time marathoner, Ted quickly discovered that a run up into ‘Iao Valley to be nourishing and a great place to clear his mind. In just over a week on island, he’s done the run multiple times!

4. Most proud of: Building relationships When asked for a proudest moment from his career at Aquidneck Land Trust, Ted replied without hesitation, “the relationships we formed and the lasting good we created.” In fact, many were sad to see him go; farmers, landowners, government officials, donors and community members all gathered to bid him fond farewell.

5. Three priorities in settling-in to his new life:

  1. - Finding a soccer league to join (and one for his kids, too)
  2. - Looking for volunteer opportunities in the community
  3. - Helping his wife build a new backyard garden