Hawaiian Islands Land Trust

Become a Member before August 15th and Win!


Buy a HILT membership for yourself or someone special and be entered to win this beautiful painting donated by respected local artist and HILT Board member, Susan Kean.

Anyone who purchases a HILT membership from July 23, 2013 through August 15, 2013 will be entered to win this special painting. Each purchased membership equals 1 entry for the purchaser.

Artwork by Susan Kean


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



Best defense is a good offense

In your lifetime the face of the islands has suffered dramatic change. Hawai‘i’s population has more than doubled and we’ve seen much of our paradise paved. Think of the urbanized areas around you that were once natural landscapes, productive farmlands, wide-open coasts. As we are painfully aware, once gone, they’re gone forever.

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is embarking on a more assertive conservation strategy for the future of our islands: identifying the most significant, threatened areas and actively pursuing their permanent protection.

Take inventory of the benefits that conservation land provides: places for us to connect with nature to surf, fish, hike, soak up the sun; clean air and drinking water; healthy native eco-systems, and so much more. Now think of the pristine places that, if developed, would leave an indelible scar on the heart of your community. We must work together to save these lands before it is too late!

With this in mind, we need to hear from you. Consider making a gift to Hawaiian Islands Land Trust today. Your gift directly equates to the strength with which we can pursue the active land conservation that Hawai‘i so desperately needs right now.

Show your support by giving online here. And please, jot down your ideas for the places in Hawai‘i that most need protection. Let us know why you value these areas and what their conservation would mean to you and the community at large. We value your opinions.

Yours in conservation,

Anders Lyons Interim Executive Director


Executive Transition News

  As HILT embarks on a time of planned executive transition our work continues as usual. With the change this brings to the organization, comes a great surge of creative energy and opportunity. The conservation department is actively working on a number of land deals, while outreach/ fundraising committees are geared-up on new initiatives. The transition is being guided by a committee of board members, as well as the professional consulting firm La Piana Associates.

To keep you posted, here are a few key points:

  • Beginning September 1 and through the end of the year Dale will transition into the advisory role of director emeritus. In this time, though effectively retired, he will remain at an arm’s length as a resource to councils, board, and staff, as well as the many conservation organizations he networks with on HILT’s behalf.
  • Anders Lyons has phased into the role of interim director. Previously Anders served as associate director, he has valuable experience guiding organizations through times of transition. Dale, who will remain on staff during this time, will phase out of the executive role and be focused on completing details specific to the transition.
  • The nationwide executive director search has begun and the complete job description is available HERE.

Honoring Dale: A tireless advocate for land conservation in Hawai‘i, without Dale we would not be where we are today—with over 17,500 acres conserved forever. We are grateful for his dedication in the last ten years, and especially now through this planned transition period. Please join us in bidding a formal farewell to Dale at our Annual Picnic at the Waihee Refuge, Maui, on September 22. At Dale's suggestion well-wishers can make a contribution to the HILT Capacity Fund, a fund most dear to his heart. (Although, he also added that he’d love invitations on amazing scuba diving adventures and has confirmed his availability to travel around the globe.)

Questions? Comments? We welcome the opportunity to talk with you directly. Please feel free to call, email, or even Tweet us.

Interim Director, Anders Lyons, (808) 244-5263 Director of Conservation, Scott Fisher , (808) 244-5263 Kaua‘i Director, Jennifer Luck, (808) 755-5707 Director of Operations, Monica George, (808) 244-5263 Director of Outreach, Sara Smith , (808) 244-5263