Shoppers at the Costco store in the town of Hawai‘i Kai in East Honolulu might be surprised to learn that there's an environmental and cultural treasure nearby. The Hāwea heiau complex reflects the land’s cultural history in its ancient walls and petroglyphs, and agricultural terraces.
Nearly a half-million visitors each year come to this park on Hawai'i Island to attend demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian arts and crafts, hike a historic trail to important archeological sites associated with the highest ciefs and priests, or just soak up the atmosphere of this sacred place.
The Trust for Public Land is working with its partners to purchase and protect this former pineapple plantation for use by local farmers on O'ahu.
Located on Kaua`i's north shore, just past the community of Hanalei, Lumaha`i has long been the image of a Hawaiian paradise depicted in postcards, photographs, and movies.
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge has long been considered the best viewing site for Hawai`i's diverse seabird species. In 1988, TPL helped preserve this critical habitat by 139 acres and transferring the land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Overlooking the world-class surf breaks at the Pipeline ('Ehukai) and Sunset Beach rises a 1,129-acre coastal bluff known as Pupukea-Paumalu. In the 1990s, a community of more than 350 homes was approved for the bluff.
Generations of local children have learned to fish and swim in the tidepools of Honu'apo, on the southern point of Hawa`i's Big Island. The bay is also used for community gatherings and by local fishermen who use traditional native Hawaiian throw-nets.
Generations of residents of the Maui community of Hana have used gently
sloping Mu`olea Point to reach the ocean for fishing and swimming.
Dotted with ancient heiau (worship sites), the point is the setting for