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Buy Back the Beach 2012 Event Recap


The Buy Back the Beach Benefit hosted by Old Lahaina Luau has grown into an anticipated community event on Maui, bringing together a diversity of folks united in their love for the land. January 28 was the event’s 11th anniversary, and its most successful to date raising over $125,000 towards the protection of Hawai‘i’s precious places. Our generous 2012 sponsors, Sempra Energy, Mana Foods, Boeing, and Skyline EcoAdventures set the stage, and success followed in both general ticket sales and the live auction.

The event got “social” this year with the help of a team of professional bloggers and social media experts. With their help a $5K matching challenge presented by an anonymous donor was  successfully kicked-off on Twitter and Facebook. Live at the event, the donors generously doubled the match to $10K before it was brought live to the stage. In a few electrifying moments the match was met, and an additional $20,000 was rolled into the event’s bottom line. (Cue rounds of applause here!)

The night was impeccably hosted by the staff of Old Lahaina Luau—all of whom volunteer their time for the event. (This still amazes and humbles us!) Guests were treated to tastings from the luau and their sister restaurants: Star Noodle, Aloha Mixed Plate, and the new Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop. Governor Neil Abercrombie added a little star-power to the night, making a guest appearance to voice his support for land conservation. Emcees Joni DeMello and Liz Morales of Ahumanu kept us rolling with laugher, Joel Katz swooned on steel guitar, the Old Lahaina Luau dancers gave a rousing performance, and HAPA’s stellar set at the end of the night took our breath away. Perfect weather and great company topped off a fabulous night under the stars.

Browse event photos HERE.


'Tis the Buy Back the Beach

The office is humming with an especially warm feeling lately. It could be the holidays, but more likely its the excitement over how our upcoming Buy Back the Beach Benefit is coming together. For the 11th year in a row Old Lahaina Luau is hosting the event (insert big applause here!), and this time around they'll be showcasing their amazing family of restaurants. In addition to the traditional luau spread, guests get to sample tastings from Aloha Mixed Plate, Star Noodle, and the brand new Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop. Prepare to eat well! Save the Date: January 28, 2012 — Buy your tickets online here.

A true feast for the senses, the night's entertainment includes total "Ahumania" with mistresses of ceremony Joni DeMello and Liz Morales of Ahumanu leading the show. The Old Lahaina Luau dancers will perform and HAPA headlines with a special performance commemorating the 20th anniversary of their first album.

We welcome returning event sponsors Mana Foods and Boeing and our new supporters Skyline EcoAdventures and Sempra Generation.

Stay tuned for more event details and for previews of the Adventures of the ‘Aina live auction, click here. Follow the event on Twitter at #BBTB2012 (and follow us, too: @HILandTrust)

BBTB2012 Invite


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