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.
As a self-described outdoor enthusiast one of my favorite activities is to hit the trails. I have experienced a variety of challenging and beautiful trails while hiking and backpacking all over Hawaii and met a number of interesting people along the way. I have come to know that there are a few different types of hikers you’ll meet. Some prefer interesting geological, or botanical characteristics, scenic vistas, or cooling waterfalls; others prefer challenging hikes with long mileage, difficult, vertical terrain, or narrow ridgelines. And then, there are those who prefer “famous” hikes with characteristics or reputations that make for good social media posts.
Aloha HILT ‘Ohana,
Here are a few updates from Hawaiian Islands Land Trust for May 2017:
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) has launched its 2017 “Talk Story on the Land” environmental education series of free, guided hikes across the islands. The popular series aims to connect residents and visitors with the ‘āina (land).
“One of the best things about Hawai‘i is our storied places and our beautiful natural and cultural resources. We want to share these stories and these places that have been preserved for future generations,” said Kawika Burgess, CEO of HILT.
Lāhainā – 11/12/2017 - Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) will be honoring Senator Brian Schatz as its 2017 Champion of the Land at its Buy Back the Beach: Mālama Kīpuka Benefit Lū‘au on January 28, 2017. Each year, HILT selects a person, group, or organization that has contributed significantly and has had a substantial impact on land conservation in Hawai‘i.