KEALAKEKUA, HAWAII – June 30, 2017 – The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) and Honolulu Coffee announced today that a second conservation easement protecting 150-acres of prime agricultural land situated above Kealakekua Bay and part of the Honolulu Coffee Company’s thriving coffee farm was sold to the land trust. HILT purchased the initial conservation easement in March 2016 on 75-acres of the HCC Farms property. With the second easement in place, the entire 225-acres of land will remain in agricultural use forever. Honolulu Coffee will be expanding its coffee production in Kona as part of its Farm to Cup program. The protected farmland also includes cultural resources and swaths of native ohia forests providing habitat for native birds including the apapane and io.
“We were really excited to find a conservation group aligned with our goals for protecting agricultural land in Hawaii for the long term,” commented Ed Schultz, President of HCC Farms LLC, “HILT’s leadership team did a great job of educating us on the process and really worked with us every step of the way to ensure our land was conserved the right way.”
The funds for the purchase of the easement were contributed by the Freeman Foundation of Honolulu, as part of the land trust’s agricultural initiative to conserve working farms and ranches in Hawaii. This second easement on HCC Farms LLC property is another important step in moving Hawaii towards greater self-sufficiency and increased food security. “We are very pleased to work with Honolulu Coffee on protecting these beautiful farmlands to ensure that the rich agricultural heritage continues in this special part of Kona.”
About Hawaiian Islands Land Trust: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (“HILT”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2011 out of the merger of four local land trusts, and it is the first and only nationally accredited local land trust in Hawaii. Our mission is to protect the lands that will sustain us for current and future generations. HILT has conserved over 18,000 acres to date, via perpetual Conservation Easements and Fee Simple Ownership, on a number of properties with various conservation values important to residents and visitors alike. We conserve lands that secure Hawaii’s long-term well-being, lands with scenic views, agricultural resources, wildlife habitats, water resource areas, cultural and historical sites, and outdoor recreation opportunities. To learn more about HILT and become a Member, go to www.hilt.org