Category Archives: Island News: Maui

Land Trust President Receives Palaka Award for “Service Above Self”

HILT Board President Helen Nielsen

Hawaiian Islands Land Trust President Helen Nielsen was chosen as the 2011 Palaka Award winner. The award was presented by the Rotary Club of Kahului at a sold-out gala luncheon where Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz delivered the keynote address.

According to this Maui News article,

“the Rotary Club of Kahului presents the annual award to someone who epitomizes the community spirit of Lyons. Neilsen was selected from a field of 12 Maui nominees who exemplify the highest ideals of volunteer service to a nonprofit organization and Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self,” said club President Leslie Mullens.”

Congrats, Helen!


Waihe‘e by Moonlight: Join the Land Trust on a Night Hike July 15th (Maui)

Waihe‘e by Moonlight, July 15

Explore Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge by full moon on July 15th, 2011. 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, July 15th, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Reservations can be made by calling 244-5263

This Saturday 4/2: Free Guided Walk at the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge

Free Guided Walk at the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge
Hosted by Hawaiian Islands Land Trust

Wailuku, Maui, Hawai‘i  –– On April 2 the public is invited to explore the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge on a guided walk led by the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT). The event is open to the public and completely free. Hikes begin at 9 a.m. and last until about noon. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 244-5263. Space is limited.

Along the easy two-mile loop trail, HILT director of conservation Scott Fisher will guide the group through the ancient Hawaiian fishing village of Kapoho while sharing the history and lore of this special place, once home to four of Maui’s ruling chiefs. View the area’s ancient heiau (temples) and learn about traditional Hawaiian life in this fertile lowland.

The Refuge is also home to eight endangered plant and animal species. Along the trail, the group will explore at least four different wildlife habitats, including shoreline, wetland, coastal dune, and Hawaiian perennial stream. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. It may be hot, so bring water, sunscreen and a hat. No dogs please.

The Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge is a 277-acre site actively being restored by the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust as an environmental, cultural, historic and educational resource.

Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is a nationally accredited non-profit organization with the mission of acquiring and protecting conservation lands across the State of Hawai`i for the benefit of the natural environment and of current and future generations. For more details on the organization and its protected lands, call (808) 244-5263 or visit

Seats and Tables Still Available: Attend the 10th Annual “Buy Back the Beach” Benefit this Saturday!

Seats and tables are still available for this Saturday’s 10TH ANNUAL “BUY BACK THE BEACH” BENEFIT LU’AU at Old Lahaina Luau, benefiting land conservation in Hawaii and launching the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A SEAT OR TABLE or call 808-244-5263 (OR 808-244-LAND). VISA, MasterCard, and American Express accepted. Seating is limited – call today! Continue reading

We’ve Officially Become One!

Hana Ranch Easement

Hana Ranch, Maui, 41-acre conservation easement. (Photo courtesy of Ron Chapple)


Four existing conservation land trusts representing all counties within the state are combining to form the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT), a new statewide land conservancy.

Official on Jan. 1, 2011, the merger creates an organization with the sustainability and resources to safeguard existing protected lands and dramatically grow conservation lands in Hawaii.

Participating in the collaboration are Kauai Public Land Trust, Oahu Land Trust, Maui Coastal Land Trust and Hawaii Island Land Trust. Continue reading

Save the Date: Jan 29th, 2011 MCLT is Turning Ten!

You are invited to join Maui Coastal Land Trust on January 29, 2011 at 5pm
at the Old Lahaina Lu‘au for the
10th Annual “Buy Back the Beach”
Benefit Lu‘au!

MCLT is turning ten—celebrate with us! Join emcees Tony Takitani and Kathy Collins for an evening of Hawaiian music and dance, plus the inspired cuisine of West Maui’s hottest restaurants.

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A Rising Tide Floats All Boats: Next Steps

Hawaiian Islands from Space

Over the next few months we will transition to a unified statewide conservation organization. An interim board of directors will be chosen to codify the policies of the new organization, help raise expansion funding and recruit the permanent statewide board. In addition to the statewide board which will have representatives from across the state, there will be local Island Councils that will focus on the identification of potential projects on their islands and cultivation of their local constituencies.

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