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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!

Hawai‘i Arbor Day—Way to Grow!

Arbor Day—what a great excuse to get your hands a little dirty. We had the honor of participating in some wonderful festivities on Maui this past Saturday, November 5. First, staff and volunteers were on hand at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens for their annual native tree giveaway. Hundreds of folks turn out to this event every year to learn more about native fauna and which are best acclimated for their yards. We hope that everyone who attended has planted their free tree by now.

Another fabulous community gathering was hosted by Skyline EcoAdventures at their Haleakala zip line location. In celebration of Arbor Day and the Plant-A-Wish finale, the zip line company hosted four Maui youth groups in an ambitious endeavor to plant 1000 native trees. Mayor and Mrs. Arakawa were on hand to help Plant-A-Wish, a nationwide tree planting tour, sow their official final tree of the tour, a robust native ohia perfectly suited to the area's misty slope. As apparent to all in attendance, Maui has one hard-working Mayor! He dug in with no delay. Skyline EcoAdventures celebrated all week by offering benefit zip line tours, which raised over $8,000 for local charities, HILT included. On Saturday, Hui Malama Learning Center, Hawaiian Canoe Club's Kamalii Program, and a local Boy Scout and Cub Scout troop provided a small youth army to force the mass planting, which was led by Native Nursery. Hats off to Skyline EcoAdventures for hosting an amazing celebration that not only helped restore the native forests of Haleakala, but also helped local nonprofits flourish and got over 60 Maui youth actively engaged in the spirit of Arbor Day.

And congratulations to Sara Tekula and Joe Imhoff of Plant-A-Wish on the accomplishment of their 50 state native tree planting. Way to grow!

See more event photos here.


$50 zipline tours to benefit HILT

Looking for an uplifting experience?

Fly the forest canopy to raise your spirits—and a little money for the Land Trust. Take advantage of this special offer for $50 zipline tours at Skyline Eco-Adventures' Haleakala location on Maui. On Tuesday, November 1, as part of their weeklong celebration of Hawai‘i Arbor Day and the Plant-A-Wish project finale, Skyline is generously donating all $50 from the 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. tours straight back to HILT.

The two hour adventure includes an informational journey through the forest, five zipline crossings, and one loooong swinging bridge. Reservations are limited. Call Skyline today: 878-8400. (Be sure to request the 3:00 or 3:30 tour on Tuesday, Nov. 1)

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On Arbor Day, Saturday, Nov. 5, join Skyline for an extensive native tree planting, more discounted zipline tours, and the culmination of the nationwide Plant-A-Wish project. Skyline reservationists are standing by with more information.

Skyline EcoAdventures has long been a generous supporter of the Land Trust. We are grateful for their tremendous philanthropy and love of Hawaii.

What: $50 zipline tours to benefit HILT Where: Skyline Eco-Adventures' Haleakala location, 2.5 miles up Crater Road, Kula, Maui When: 3:00 & 3:30pm, Tuesday, November 1, and Saturday, November 5

HILT Annual Picnic this Saturday—Schedule of Events

Thanks to our event sponsor, Boeing, HILT's Annual Picnic is shaping up to be a fun—and full—day of exploration and celebration. Please remember to wear sun-smart clothing and protection, it is likely to be hot. There is lots going on, below is a cheat sheet so you can plan your day. Event schedule and special info:

10 a.m. – Natural history of the Refuge, a native ecology tour with Stephanie Seidman of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

10:30 a.m. – Lo‘i tour with Penny Levin of E kupaku ka ‘aina

11 a.m. & Noon – Refuge Walks with Hawaiian Islands Land Trust

11 a.m. & 1 p.m. – Maui Huliau Environmental Youth Film Festival Screenings (entire show is 1 hour)

11:30 to 1:00 – Free BBQ Picnic

All day from 10 - 2 p.m.:

  • Waihe‘e history and talk story
  • Music by Joel Katz and Benny Uetaki
  • Cultural Demonstrations: 
poi pounding, ‘ahu ‘awa cordage weaving, kapa beating with Shari Lee
  • Pacific Whale Foundation – keiki crafts
  • Maui Invasive Species Committee
  • West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership – Watershed Plinko game
  • Explore Maui's stream specimens with Skippy Hau, Dept. of Aquatic Resources
We look forward to seeing you Saturday. Please confirm your attendance so we know how many burgers to throw on the grill. RSVP by calling 
(808) 244-5263 or emailing

You're invited: HILT Annual Picnic at Waihe‘e Refuge, Maui

Picnics—what a brilliant concept. Gather with friends outdoors, add some yummy food, a few activities, and it all amounts to an awesome afternoon.

Sound fun? Join HILT for our Annual Picnic at the Waihe‘e Refuge on Maui. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 24. Bring the family down for a free fun day including keiki activities, cultural demonstrations, guided hikes, music, and BBQ lunch. More information to follow. Stay tuned...

This event is generously sponsored by Boeing. Mahalo!