Land for the People

February 8, 2017

Lea Hong stands at the piko of O‘ahu, the island’s figurative navel, with sweeping views over the central plain toward the Ko‘olau mountains to the east and the Wai‘anae range to the west. With her adorable mini-labradoodle Milo lapping at her slippered toes, the environmental attorney surveys the fields of red dirt and tall grass surrounding this sacred site, the Kukaniloko Birthing Stones—in all some 1,700 acres of prime agricultural land that Hong helped save from development, as she has with so many other critical parcels throughout the Islands in her role as state director of the Trust for Public Land, or TPL.

Hana Hou!