Waihee Refuge

Pets and Wildlife

Pets and Wildlife

The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust owns several public preserves around Hawaii.  While we do have preserves where dogs are allowed, such as the Veterans Peace Park in Kahului, most of the preserves are places where dogs, other than verified service dogs, are not allowed.  These lands were purchased because they contain an abundance of wildlife species and provide habitat for many species which are rare or endangered, primarily birds that nest and forage on these lands.  Our preserves are also home to our two mammal species, the hoary bat and the monk seal, both of which raise their young on the lands and waters that make up our preserves.  We welcome public access but have found that our animal companions, especially dogs, negatively impact wildlife that live on these refuges. 

BBTB 2012 Live Auction Package: Waihe‘e by Moonlight: Guided Hike & Dinner


Waihe‘e by Moonlight: Guided Hike & Dinner, up to 12 people Waihe‘e by Moonlight: Guided Hike & Dinner Auction Package to Benefit Hawaiian Islands Land TrustAn unforgettable way to celebrate a special birthday or the simple beauty of friendship, your private Waihe‘e Refuge experience includes watching the moonrise, exploration by guided night hike, and a catered dinner. Along the easy 2-mile path, MCLT’s project manager Scott Fisher discusses the ancient Hawaiian fishing village of Kapoho while sharing history, lore, and chicken-skin stories. Return to a fun spread of gourmet campfire fare.

Total Value: Priceless Buy now for $2,200

Donors: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust

This package is a part of the 2012 "Buy Back the Beach" Benefit Lu‘au "Adventures for the ‘Aina" Live Auction.

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 info@hilt.org.


New Year's Resolution: (re)Fall in Love with Hawai‘i


Facilitating falling in love with the islands is a passion of ours. The best formula to do so, we've found, is a simple one: help folks reconnect with nature. And the pockets of paradise we've worked to preserve forever are just the tools for the job.

Our first free guided hike of 2012 happens Saturday, January 14 on Maui. This exploration of the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge is open to the public, and free (did we already mention that?) Join our Director of Conservation, Scott Fisher, for a stroll through time as he peels back layers of history revealing the deep cultural and environmental significance of this 277-acre preserve: early stomping grounds to four of Maui's ruling chiefs, reconciliation point of the island's most significant battle, mythic home to Kihawahine, dragon goddess and ‘aumakua to the Pi‘ilani family, modern-day home to over seven endangered native Hawaiian species, and so much more.

To deepen your appreciation for Maui, conservation land, and the love you feel for Hawai‘i, join us. Call (808) 244-5263 for more hike details and to make your reservation. Bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and water. Sturdy walking shoes recommended. No dogs please.

We offer these opportunities throughout the year, click here to view our full 2012 hike schedule. Make a point to schedule time to come hike with us in 2012. Now that's a great New Year's resolution!