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.
Ancient Days in Wailea, 6 people
Stroll through 15th century Hawai‘i in modern day Wailea. Field and cultural experts Lucienne deNaie and Kimokeo Kapahulehua escort you from popular areas such as Palauea and Po‘olenalena beach to private access areas in search of cultural treasures, sometimes hidden in plain sight. Learn about forgotten temples, trails, and the rich village life of long ago. DeNaie and Kapahulehua’s combined knowledge of the history of Wailea will blur the barrier between past and present, allowing you to feel even more deeply connected to a place you already love. Digest all this new knowledge over a lavish lunch prepared by Chef Peter Merriman at his new MonkeyPod Kitchen.
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is a nationally accredited nonprofit organization with the mission of "protecting the lands that sustain us." By working to increase conservation land across Hawai`i we ensure the protection of coastal shoreline accesses and recreation areas, native ecosystems and habitats, culturally significant lands, and agricultural lands for our working farms and ranches—all for our use and enjoyment today and for all generations to come. For more details on the organization and our protected lands contact us at (808)244-5263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.