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Leaving a Legacy of Conservation

It takes people with a vision and passion for Hawai‘i, to help Hawaiian Islands Land Trust fulfill its promise of perpetuity. HILT created a society to recognize donors who have the vision and passion to ensure that future generations will benefit from our mission to protect the lands that sustain us. The ‘Āina Ho‘oilina Society (literally Legacy Land Society), is a distinguished group of loyal supporters who have included HILT in their will.


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The latest member of the ‘Āina Ho‘oilina Society is no stranger to philanthropy. Donna Howard spent her career working as a fundraising executive working primarily in higher education in California and Hawai‘i. Currently, she’s a freelance consultant and Advisory Board member for HILT. Donna notified us of her intentions to remember HILT in her will after a meeting with Clyde Sakamoto (HILT Board member and ‘Āina Ho‘oilina Society Member) who invited her to join. We asked Donna to share about her motivation. “When Clyde asked me to make a planned gift to HILT, I couldn’t say no. The conservation work HILT does is important to me.  Additionally, I recently heard a quote by Wendell Berry that resonates with me ‘we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors we borrow it from our grandchildren.’ This gift is a simple way to pay it forward.”

“Making a planned gift is easy to do. I would encourage everyone to take a look at their will and see if there’s room to leave a legacy gift to HILT. There are so many options including simple bequests, life insurance gifts, and retirement plan gifts. And none of it costs me a thing today.”

Legacy gifts are vital to the perpetual stewardship of the thousands of conservation acres we monitor and maintain each year.  By remembering HILT in your will, you help to ensure that future generations will benefit from HILT’s mission to protect the special places that sustain us.

If you are interested in learning more about remembering HILT in your will, click here to learn more.  If you already have named Hawaiian Islands Land Trust in your will, please email us at