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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.

Cloud Forest Thrives on Slope of Hualalai

Cloud Forest Thrives on Slope of Hualalai

Across the many lava flows on Hualalai at an elevation of about 3,500 feet, you reach Kona Cloud Forest on Hawai‘i Island.  As you travel up, the road winds through several ecosystems, beginning with the lower, more tropical palms and ending up at an elevation of around 6,100 feet where you find aalii, pukiawe and hardy ohia.  Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) recently protected the Cloud Forest by recording a conservation easement on a 10-acre parcel of land in the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary owned by Norman C. Bezona and his extended family.  

Ka Nuhou: April 2017

Ka Nuhou: April 2017

Aloha HILT ‘Ohana,

Here are a few HILT updates for April 2017:

Talk Story on the Land Series:

Our 2017 Talk Story on the Land series if off to a great start! Many of our free hikes open to the public have been booked to capacity. To join us on our guided hikes, please visit: http://www.hilt.org/talk-story-on-the-land/

Land Trust Purchases Conservation Easement to Preserve Kona Cloud Forest

Land Trust Purchases Conservation Easement to Preserve Kona Cloud Forest

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII – February 6, 2017 - Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) announced today that it has purchased a conservation easement on a ten-acre parcel in the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary above Kailua-Kona.

HILT works collaboratively with private landowners across Hawaii to protect and enhance lands with unique natural and cultural resources for the benefit of all who live and visit Hawaii. HILT’s Hawaii Island Director, Janet Britt worked with the owner of the sanctuary, Norman Bezona to acquire the easement which protects the forest and other conservation values of the property and restricts additional subdivision and development of the forest habitat.