Programs and Initiatives
Land Acquisition and Protection:
HILT works with private landowners, community groups, and government partners to protect Hawaii’s precious lands. To date HILT has completed over 40 projects and conserved over 18,000 acres of lands primarily through fee simple acquisition and conservation agreements with private landowners to protect the lands from development and urbanization and to preserve the natural and cultural resources on the land.
Land Stewardship and Monitoring:
HILT currently owns and stewards 5 preserves containing over 389 acres which are open to the public and each containing unique natural and cultural resources. In addition to HILT’s preserves, the organization monitors and provides stewardship of over 30 conservation easements protecting over 17,300 of Hawaii’s agricultural lands, watersheds, wildlife habitat, recreational areas, historical and cultural sites, and scenic vistas.
Education and Outreach:
Over 2,000 students and visitors each year visit and engage in HILT’s popular “Talk Story on the Land” environmental education program of guided hikes on HILT’s protected properties. In addition, HILT staff conduct regular volunteer days to engage the community in stewardship projects on HILT properties. HILT also conducts outreach to Hawaii’s landowners, business groups, trade associations, and other organizations to share the benefits of voluntary land conservation.
Policy and Advocacy:
HILT is a non-political, non-partisan organization that promotes voluntary land conservation in Hawaii. HILT advocates for policies at the national, state, and local level that support local land conservation initiatives including tax incentives and public funding of land conservation.