The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust owns several public preserves around Hawaii. While we do have preserves where dogs are allowed, such as the Veterans Peace Park in Kahului, most of the preserves are places where dogs, other than verified service dogs, are not allowed. These lands were purchased because they contain an abundance of wildlife species and provide habitat for many species which are rare or endangered, primarily birds that nest and forage on these lands. Our preserves are also home to our two mammal species, the hoary bat and the monk seal, both of which raise their young on the lands and waters that make up our preserves. We welcome public access but have found that our animal companions, especially dogs, negatively impact wildlife that live on these refuges.
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.
A land trust is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that works to permanently conserve lands that contribute to a community’s health, well-being, and unique character. These may include lands with water resources that ensure clean drinking water, rich working lands that have potential to bring locally-sourced food to a community, lands that ensure public access to the coastline or open spaces, historic and/or cultural sites that allow us to connect to our past, or beautiful scenic lands that enrich our emotional and mental well-being.