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.
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.
Explore Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge by full moon on Friday, October 18, 2013. Refreshments and snacks will be served before heading out on the easy two-mile walking path. Along the way, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Director of Conservation, Scott Fisher, will guide the group through the ancient Hawaiian fishing village of Kapoho while sharing the history, lore, and chicken-skin stories of this special place. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Space is limited. The event is open to the public for a $25 donation.
Date: Friday, October 18, 2013 Time: 5:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 244-5263.
Waihe‘e by Moonlight: Guided Hike & Dinner, up to 12 people
An unforgettable way to celebrate a special birthday or the simple beauty of friendship, your private Waihe‘e Refuge experience includes watching the moonrise, exploration by guided night hike, and a wholesome meal provided by Whole Foods Maui. Along the easy 2-mile coastal trail, HILT’s project manager Scott Fisher discusses the ancient Hawaiian fishing village of Kapoho while sharing history, lore, and chicken-skin stories. Return to fun spread of gourmet campfire fare prepared by Chef Ralph of Catering from Soup to Nuts—the 277-acre wilderness preserve is yours for the evening!
Total Value: Priceless
Donors: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Catering form Soup to Nuts, Whole Foods Maui, Casa Nuestra Vineyard
This package is a part of the 2013 “Buy Back the Beach” Benefit Lu‘au “Adventures for the ‘Aina” Live Auction.
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is a nationally accredited nonprofit organization with the mission of “protecting the lands that sustain us.” By working to increase conservation land across Hawai`i we ensure the protection of coastal shoreline accesses and recreation areas, native ecosystems and habitats, culturally significant lands, and agricultural lands for our working farms and ranches—all for our use and enjoyment today and for all generations to come. For more details on the organization and our protected lands contact us at (808)244-5263 or email@example.com.