land conservation

Ka Leo O Ka Aina - Ianuali 2018

"Message from the Land" - January 2018

Land Acquisition and Protection:

The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust continued to protect the lands that sustain us here in Hawaii in 2017 with the acquisition of a conservation easement on 150-acres of Kealakekua farm lands on the Honolulu Coffee Company farm and an additional conservation easement on 10-acres of native ohia forest and native bird habitat in the Kona cloud forest of Kaloko.

Honolulu Coffee Company farm in Kealakekua, Hawaii

Honolulu Coffee Company farm in Kealakekua, Hawaii

With these additions to HILT's portfolio of protected lands across Hawaii, the organization has protected over 18,000 acres of Hawaii's special landscapes and their precious natural resources. 

Kona cloud forest, Kaloko, Hawaii 

Kona cloud forest, Kaloko, Hawaii 

Stewardship and Ecological Restoration

HILT staff and volunteers are engaged in the management planning process for Honolua Bay/Lipoa Point with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Planning Consultants Hawaii, and community organizations and stakeholders including the Save Honolua Coalition

Honolua Bay, Maui

Honolua Bay, Maui

HILT staff and dedicated volunteers also continued ecological restoration work at each of the land trusts' five public preserves. 

Seabury Hall students help remove invasive species at the Nuu Refuge, Maui

Seabury Hall students help remove invasive species at the Nuu Refuge, Maui

At HILT's Nuu Refuge in Kaupo, Maui, students and volunteers helped to remove invasive plants from over 1,000 linear feet of the Nuu pond. Bird counts this year indicate that the native waterbirds are doing well at this important wetland providing a connecting point between Maui and Hawaii Island. 

Ko'oloa'ula thriving at the Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetland Refuge, Maui

Ko'oloa'ula thriving at the Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetland Refuge, Maui

Thanks to the many dedicated volunteers at the Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetland Refuge, over 550 native plants were put in the ground this past year and many of the native species are thriving including the ko'oloa'ula.

BYUH Students and Volunteers at Maunawila Heiau, O'ahu

BYUH Students and Volunteers at Maunawila Heiau, O'ahu

Over 2-tons of trees and shrubs were cleared from the Maunawila cultural preserve, and community leaders began a kilo program to discover and map the celestial alignments at the heiau. 

Volunteers at Kahili Beach, Kauai

Volunteers at Kahili Beach, Kauai

The Kia'i Kahili volunteers continued to conduct beach clean-ups at the beautiful Kahili Beach in Kilauea, Kaua'i. 

Team Kokua  from Hawaiian Airlines at Maunawila Heiau, O'ahu

Team Kokua from Hawaiian Airlines at Maunawila Heiau, O'ahu

Collectively, over 2,700 volunteers came out to help restore our public preserves and contributed over 6,600 hours to help malama these precious landscapes. Mahalo nui loa to all of HILT's incredible volunteers! 

Outreach and Education

Talk Story on the Land at Kaiholena, Kohala, Hawaii

Talk Story on the Land at Kaiholena, Kohala, Hawaii

HILT's popular Talk Story on the Land series of educational hikes sharing about the natural and cultural history, and resources of our protected areas continued to engage residents and visitors on each island. The land trust was able to lead 65 hikes and share the importance of land conservation with 895 participants promoting the ethic of malama aina. 

HILT Board Member McD Philpotts shares about conservation efforts with landowners at Palehua Ranch, Honouliuli, O'ahu. 

HILT Board Member McD Philpotts shares about conservation efforts with landowners at Palehua Ranch, Honouliuli, O'ahu. 

HILT was also able to partner with the West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District, the Division of Forestry and Wildlife and other partners to provide two landowner outreach events to Hawaii landowners interested in learning about the opportunities and benefits of voluntary land conservation programs in Hawai'i. 

Landowner outreach at  Waimea Valley , Oahu

Landowner outreach at Waimea Valley, Oahu

Events

Jessica Welch, Executive Director of the Manoa Heritage Center and Mary Cooke accept the 2017 Kahu o Ka Aina Award presented by HILT Board Chairman Matt Beall at HILT's 2017 Malama Aina Kakou event at Lanikuhonua

Jessica Welch, Executive Director of the Manoa Heritage Center and Mary Cooke accept the 2017 Kahu o Ka Aina Award presented by HILT Board Chairman Matt Beall at HILT's 2017 Malama Aina Kakou event at Lanikuhonua

HILT had the privilege of honoring Sam and Mary Cooke and the Manoa Heritage Center for the 2017 Kahu o Ka Aina Award at the Malama Aina Kakou event at Lanikuhonua, Oahu. Over 250 land conservation supporters came out to help celebrate the protection and perpetuation of Hawaii's unique natural and cultural heritage. 

Guest Celebrity Chef Andrew Le from Pig and a Lady and Executive Chef Vince McCarthy at Merriman's Waimea

Guest Celebrity Chef Andrew Le from Pig and a Lady and Executive Chef Vince McCarthy at Merriman's Waimea

We were extremely fortunate to have Celebrity Guest Chef Andrew Le from Pig and the Lady and Executive Chef Vince McCarthy of Merriman's Waimea provide an incredible evening of cuisine to celebrate at the 2017 Hawaii Island Paina in Waimea. 

Celebrity Guest Chef Mark Noguchi, Executive Chef Mark Arriola, and the crew at Merriman's Fish House in Poipu, Kaua'i

Celebrity Guest Chef Mark Noguchi, Executive Chef Mark Arriola, and the crew at Merriman's Fish House in Poipu, Kaua'i

The HILT "Ohana on Kaua'i had a blast this year at the SOLD OUT Kaua'i Island Pa'ina with Celebrity Guest Chef Mark Noguchi from the Pili Group and Executive Chef Mark Arriola at Merriman's Fish House in Poipu, Kaua'i. 

HILT Board Members at Buy Back the Beach 2017

HILT Board Members at Buy Back the Beach 2017

The 16th annual Buy Back the Beach at the Old Lahaina Luau was another incredible event with 348 attendees helping to honor US Senator Brian Schatz as the 2017 Champion of the Land. 

Volunteer of the Year awardees Tom Huber and Tommy Morris along with HILT Land Steward, James Crowe

Volunteer of the Year awardees Tom Huber and Tommy Morris along with HILT Land Steward, James Crowe

We had an awesome gathering at the annual picnic at Waihe'e and were pleased to honor two of HILT's most loyal and dedicated volunteers, Tommy Morris and Tom Huber. 

Awards

HILT was honored to receive a Preservation Commendation award from the Historic Hawaii Foundation at the 2017 Preservation Honor Awards. 

It was also a pleasure to receive the Non-profit Sector Award from the Advocates for Public Interest Law at the 2017 APIL Gala event. 

Mahalo nui to everyone who helped make 2017 a great year for land conservation in Hawai'i! 

Ka Nuhou: June 2017

Aloha HILT ‘Ohana,

Here are a few HILT updates for June 2017:

Project Update:

Honolulu Coffee Company farm

Honolulu Coffee Company farm

Honolulu Coffee Company 2, Kealakekua, Hawaii

The 150-acre conservation easement at Honolulu Coffee’s Kona coffee farm was recorded today! The easement will protect these productive agricultural lands including ohia forests, cultural resources, and habitat for native forest birds in perpetuity. Please see the press release on the project here: http://bit.ly/2sa4Qhe

Events:

Mahalo nui loa to HILT volunteers Tommy Morris and Tom Huber! 

Mahalo nui loa to HILT volunteers Tommy Morris and Tom Huber! 

HILT’s Annual Family Picnic was held on Saturday, June 3rd at Waihee Coastal Dunes & Wetland Refuge. HILT volunteers Tommy Morris and Tom Huber were honored for their service and contributions to HILT and the Waihee Refuge. Mahalo nui Tommy and Tom! Over 250 people attended and enjoyed a great day of live music, entertainment, and family activities. Mahalo nui loa to everyone who contributed to this wonderful event! 

Landowner Outreach:

Landowner Outreach at Hokuloa Ranch, Palehua Oahu

Landowner Outreach at Hokuloa Ranch, Palehua Oahu

HILT completed the first of two Landowner Assistance Workshops with the West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District and the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife on June 3, 2017. The workshop was on the topic of Acquisition and Easements and held up at Palehua Ranch hosted by McD Philpotts. We had a great turn out with landowners and partners in land conservation sharing updates about the various programs and services available. Mahalo nui to Ed Olson and McD Philpotts for hosting this event!

The second workshop will be held on July 22nd at Waimea Valley and is titled Land Management & Technical Assistance. For any landowners interested in attending this workshop, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oahu-landowner-assistance-workshop-land-mgmt-technical-assistance-tickets-33799866310?aff=erelpanelorg

 Volunteer Work Day

Hawaiian Airlines Team Kokua at Maunawila Heiau

Hawaiian Airlines Team Kokua at Maunawila Heiau

Mahalo nui to Hawaiian Airlines Team Kokua for joining us at Maunawila Heiau for a volunteer work day! 

HILT Fundraising Events:

Kukaoo Heiau at the Manoa Heritage Center in Manoa

Kukaoo Heiau at the Manoa Heritage Center in Manoa

HILT will be honoring the Manoa Heritage Center founded by Sam and Mary Cooke at the Malama Aina Kakou Benefit being held on Saturday, August 26th at Lanikuhonua at 5:00 pm.

Here is a link to the press release about the event: http://bit.ly/2thGBRD

The story of the Manoa Heritage Center and the Cooke family’s efforts to protect this wahi pana in Manoa is an awesome one! You can watch a few excellent video’s about the heritage center on their website: http://www.manoaheritagecenter.org/in-the-news-videos

 

Here is a quick reminder on the dates for our upcoming events on each island:

Hawaii Island Paina: Friday, November 17th at Merriman’s Waimea

For more information: http://www.hilt.org/special-events-calendar/hawaii-island-paina

 

Kauai Island Paina: Thursday, December 14th at Merriman’s Fish House in Poipu

For more information: http://www.hilt.org/special-events-calendar/kauai-island-paina

 

Buy Back the Beach: Saturday, January 27th at the Old Lahaina Luau

For more information: http://www.hilt.org/special-events-calendar/2017/3/15/buy-back-the-beach-maui

 

Na Koa Aina Fellowship:

We’d like to welcome HILT’s latest Na Koa Aina Fellows Dave and Katie Minkus! 

 

Mahalo for all of your support and dedication! Please share HILT's mission about protecting the lands that sustain us with two or three of your friends and family! 

For more information or to volunteer, please contact us at info@hilt.org or http://www.hilt.org/join-us/volunteer/.

 

 

 

225-acres of Prime Kealakekua Farmlands Protected in Perpetuity Hawaiian Islands Land Trust acquires second conservation easement from HCC Farms, LLC ensuring that the land will remain in agriculture

225-acres of Prime Kealakekua Farmlands Protected in Perpetuity Hawaiian Islands Land Trust acquires second conservation easement from HCC Farms, LLC ensuring that the land will remain in agriculture

KEALAKEKUA, HAWAII - June 30, 2017 - The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) and Honolulu Coffee announced today that a second conservation easement protecting 150-acres of prime agricultural land situated above Kealakekua Bay and part of the Honolulu Coffee Company’s thriving coffee farm was sold to the land trust. 

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.