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

Coming May 14th: Merriman’s “Feast For The ‘Aina” Benefit Dinner, Hawai‘i Island


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Peter Merriman welcomes you to meet the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. Over a feast of fine wine and fresh Hawai‘i Island fare, get to know this organization and its passion for preserving land in Hawai‘i Nei.

Feast For The ‘Aina : Celebrating The Land And All It Provides
Merriman’s Restaurant,
Waimea, Hawai‘i Island
Saturday, May 14 | 6:00 p.m.
Click to make reservation

Herb Garden and Buttermilk Biscuits
Tropical Dreams Artisanal Butter

KamKeāhole Lobster “Cobb” Salad
Avocado, Sweet Corn, Nakano Tomatoes, Hawai‘i Island Goat Cheese, Chili Lemongrass Vinaigrette

Pan Seared Kona Abalone Crusted Mahimahi
Macadamia Nut Rice, Braised Ali‘i Mushroom

Roasted Hawai‘i Island Vegetables
Roasted Hāmākua Mushroom, Best Farm Chili Pepper Broccoli, Dash’s Rainbow Carrots, Basil Aioli

Wild Pork & Handcrafted Pasta
Kona Coffee Rubbed Tenderloin, Confit of Wild Pork, Hirabara Swiss Chard, House-Made Ricotta

Sweet Endings
Macadamia Nut Baklava, Chocolate Carmel Tartlet with Kona Sea Salt,
Waimea Strawberries with Passion Cream

Menu created by celebrated chef Allen Hess
$150 per person: click here to purchase!

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

2,183 Acres on O`ahu and Hawai`i Protected for Sustained Agriculture

2,183 Acres on O`ahu and Hawai`i Protected
for Sustained Agriculture

Collaborative Deal Marks First for Newly Formed
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust

Honu‘apo (Hawai‘i Island)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Honolulu, Hawai`i – A land preservation agreement between Hawaiian Islands Land Trust and landowner Ed Olson ensures 1,276 acres at Honouliuli on O`ahu, and 907 acres at Honu`apo on Hawai`i Island are to continue in perpetuity as working ranch and farm lands. The newly formed Hawaiian Islands Land Trust worked together with The Nature Conservancy to secure the agreement that protects this land in perpetuity.

On O`ahu, cattle grazing predominates on the 1276 acres of land situated on the eastern slope of the Waianae Mountains. The parcel is in close proximity to the Waianae Kai Forest Preserve and creates a continuity of natural areas, preserving a significant expanse that dominates downtown Honolulu’s `Ewa view. Olson’s voluntary land preservation agreement secures the land for continued agricultural use and safeguards the property’s numerous cultural sites and pockets of healthy wildlife habitats. Continue reading

HILT Board President Announces New Agricultural Land Conservation on Hawaii News Now

Did you catch HILT’s board president Helen Nielsen on Howard Dicus’ Hawaii News Now show yesterday morning? She appeared with John Henshaw from the Nature Conservancy. In case you missed it, click here to watch the clip!

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