Ka Nuhou: December 2017

Aloha HILT Ohana!

Happy Makahiki and Holiday Season! Here are a few HILT updates for December 2017:


Merriman's Waimea Executive Chef Vince McCarthy, Celebrity Guest Chef Andrew Le from Pig and a Lady, and HILT CEO Kawika Burgess at the Hawaii Island Paina

Merriman's Waimea Executive Chef Vince McCarthy, Celebrity Guest Chef Andrew Le from Pig and a Lady, and HILT CEO Kawika Burgess at the Hawaii Island Paina

Mahalo nui to all of our Big Island friends and ohana who came out to Merriman’s Waimea to celebrate at HILT’s annual Hawaii Island Paina on November 17th! We had a wonderful evening of fabulous food and entertainment with guest celebrity chef Andrew Le from Pig & The Lady and Executive Chef Vince McCarthy.

Merriman's Fish House in Poipu, Kauai

Merriman's Fish House in Poipu, Kauai

For all of our Kauai friends and ohana, please join us at the annual Kauai Island Paina being held on Thursday, December 14th at Merriman’s Fish House in Poipu with celebrity guest chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi. You can get more information or purchase your tickets here: http://www.hilt.org/special-events-calendar/kauai-island-paina

Mahalo nui to Peter Merriman and Merriman's for all of their incredible support for HILT and land conservation in Hawaii! 

Buy Back the Beach at the Old Lahaina Luau, Maui. 

Buy Back the Beach at the Old Lahaina Luau, Maui. 

Our annual Maui Buy Back the Beach celebration will be held on Saturday, January 20th at the Old Lahaina Luau. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here: http://www.hilt.org/special-events-calendar/2018/buy-back-the-beach-maui

Mahalo nui loa to the Old Lahaina Luau for the annual sponsorship of HILT's signature event! 


Peter Merriman at the Meeting Professionals International Aloha Chapter Award Dinner

Peter Merriman at the Meeting Professionals International Aloha Chapter Award Dinner

Congratulations to HILT Board Member Peter Merriman for being recognized by the Meeting Professionals International Aloha Chapter!

Congratulations also to Peter Merriman for being named a finalist for the American Savings Bank Business Leader of the Year! https://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2017/11/09/finalists-american-savings-bank-business-leader-of.html#i/10696462

Danny Boren and HILT Board Members.jpg

HILT sponsor and Chair of our Buy Back the Beach Event Committee, Danny Boren of Skyline Eco-Adventures was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals on National Philanthropy Day! Congratulations Danny!

Land Trust Alliance Rally:

Associate Executive Director of Conservation, Scott Fisher, Kauai Island Director, Angela Anderson, and CEO Kawika Burgess participated in a panel discussion and presentation at the National Land Trust Alliance in Denver Colorado on October 27th on the subject of Community Conservation. It’s great to see that Hawaii is on the cutting edge of community conservation nationally!

Here Are A Few Land Project Updates:

Central Maui

HILT is working on a potential conservation easement to protect 800-acres of prime Maui agricultural lands supporting diversified agriculture in Maui’s central plains.

Keanae, Maui

Keanae, Maui

Keanae, Maui

HILT has been awarded $210,000 from the State Legacy Land Program and we are following up with the matching funds for the remaining balance needed to close on this iconic 6-acre traditional taro farm on the historic Keanae peninsula.

Honolua, Maui

Honolua Bay/Lipoa Point

Honolua Bay/Lipoa Point

HILT has been participating in the State’s planning meetings as the long-range management planning process for Honolua Bay and Lipoa Point begins.  HILT will continue to be a resource for the State in the planning efforts along with other community groups and stakeholders.

 Kilauea, Kauai

Kilauea, Kauai

Kilauea, Kauai

HILT has been working on a potential conservation easement on one of the North Shore of Kauai’s popular hiking trails in Kilauea, Kauai.

Windward, Oahu

HILT is also working on a potential project to help protect one of Windward Oahu’s few remaining Hawaiian fishponds.  

Kona, Hawaii

Another portion of the Kona's native forest and native bird habitat could be protected soon with another conservation easement in the beautiful ma uka forest lands of Kaloko.

Kohala, Hawaii

North Kohala Coastline, Hawaii Island

North Kohala Coastline, Hawaii Island

HILT has been in discussion with North Kohala community members about additional coastal protection efforts along the beautiful North Kohala coastline. 

There are several other land acquisition and protection projects in the works on each island. Stay tuned as these projects move forward and HILT continues its efforts to project Hawaii's special places, the lands that sustain us, and the natural and cultural heritage of Hawaii for current and future generations! 

Stewardship Updates:

Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetland Preserve

Skyline Eco-Adventures Beach Clean Up at Waihee

Skyline Eco-Adventures Beach Clean Up at Waihee

Mahalo to all of volunteers that come out to the Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetland Preserve to help care for the land. Skyline Eco-Adventures recently came out and helped to remove over 364 lbs. of plastic and rubbish from the shoreline! We appreciate everyone's collective efforts!

Maunawila Heiau

Students at Maunawila Heiau

Students at Maunawila Heiau

We'd also like to thank the Maunawila Menehune and many volunteers who have come out to our Volunteer Days at Maunawila Heiau! Recent groups include students from Hauula Elementary, BYUH, and Windward Community College. 

Kauai Island Director, Angela Anderson

Kauai Island Director, Angela Anderson

Please help us give HILT Kauai Island Director a warm aloha and farewell as she and  her family will be moving to Washington State. Angela helped advance HILT's conservation work on Kauai with conservation easements to protect traditional taro lands in Waioli Valley and helped lead HILT's stewardship work at Kahili Beach among her many achievements. We wish Angela the very best in her future endeavors.  

As we enter into December, the Board of Directors and staff and HILT would like to wish each and everyone of our friends of the land and HILT Ohana members a very Happy Makahiki and Holiday Season!

Three Public Benefits to Conservation Easements in Hawaii

Three Public Benefits to Conservation Easements in Hawaii

Although conservation easements are typically placed on private lands, they serve to benefit the public in a variety of a ways.  Three important benefits of conservation easements, especially here in Hawaii, are:

1)     Preservation of Agricultural Lands;

2)     Protection of Open Space and Scenic Landscapes for residents and visitors alike; and

3)     Protection of Cultural heritage

Kaua'i: Hike the Beautiful Waiakalua Conservation Area With Us on November 16, 2013!


Waiakalua Conservation Area at Kilauea, Kaua'i Join us!

If you're on Kaua'i on Saturday, November 16, come along with Hawaiian Islands Land Trust to explore the beautiful Kilauea coastline at the Waiakalua Conseration Area. (Click here to learn about our protected lands on Kaua'i island)

The hike is from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

It is an easy hike, and participants should bring a hat, sunglasses and some water. Hiking shoes/tennis shoes are preferable but not required.

Call Jen Luck at (808) 755-5707 for reservations and more information.

Think Globally, Act Locally - Become a Member of HILT for Earth Day

Become  a HILT Member Today

Think globally and act locally - become a member of  Hawaiian Islands Land Trust for Earth Day!

To celebrate Earth Day 2013, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) will launch its first ever Membership Program. This program is designed to create a family of involved and knowledgeable Land Trust supporters who will become our partners in protecting Hawai‘i, as we know and love it today. By partnering with HILT, members will join a growing community of people who believe in a vital ʻāina. Members will support conservation today while leaving a legacy for generations to come.  Think globally and act locally by becoming a member of HILT this Earth Day!

In Hawai‘i, the lands that sustain us are bought and sold every day – land for local agriculture, native habitats, cultural sites, recreation, and shoreline access. By joining together and becoming a member of HILT, we can protect these qualities rather than see them lost forever to development.

To those individuals desiring to become a member or give the gift of membership to a friend or loved one, HILT’s Membership Program offers six levels of support from which to choose.  Inspired by the names of conservation lands the Land Trust protects, individuals and families can become a Maunawila member for as little as $25 per year up to a Ulupalakua member for $5000 per year. All membership levels include the benefit of becoming a champion of the land for Hawai‘i and a range of other benefits including HILT merchandise, special invitations to hikes, and legacy trees planted in your honor.

Become a member online today and make a difference forever. 

Additionally, as part of the Membership Program, HILT has designated a Young Friends membership for $15 a year for anyone under 21. Through this membership level HILT will help young people get involved with land conservation. Young people in particular have the most at stake when it comes to our environment, as they will have to live with what we leave behind for them.

HILT’s Membership Program will help yield remarkable results for land conservation throughout Hawai‘i. Protecting the places we love keeps our communities vibrant. A robust membership program will support our mission “to protect the places that sustain us for current and future generations.”

Click here for a full description of membership levels & benefits.

HILT Presents Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Kaua‘i


Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii Mark your calendars to join HILT as we host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on April 6 & 7 at the historic Waimea Theater. We are pleased to present this premiere travelling environmental and adventure film festival featuring award- winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, and indigenous cultures. The program begins at 5pm both nights.

This event on Kaua‘i is a satellite event of the main event - Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, CA. Now in its 11th year, Wild & Scenic focuses on films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. “Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” says Tour Manager, Lori Van Laanen. “In our busy lives, it’s easy to get disconnected from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us we can start making a difference. Come watch and see!”

This year’s selections in Waimea combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography, and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions for the environmental challenges that confront us locally (Saturday’s theme) and globally (Sunday’s theme).

Visit our event page to have a look at the film lineup, watch some trailers, and purchase tickets.

A special mahalo to our local sponsors Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and for the support of W&SFF national sponsors Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Mother Jones.