Gaining Ground

Hawaii

272,995

Acres Protected

That’s about 206,814 football fields!

Land trusts have already conserved 61 million acres of private land across the nation — more than all of the national parks combined. Help us conserve another 60 million acres by the end of the decade.

Together, let’s keep Gaining Ground.

Demographics

Every land trust is as unique as the community it serves.

Hawaii land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.

Active Land Trusts

3

A land trust is a nonprofit that conserves land by acquiring and stewarding land or conservation easements.

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Alliance Member Land Trusts

1

Land Trust Alliance members commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.

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Accredited Land Trusts

1

Accredited land trusts undergo a thorough review of their practices in governance, finance, transactions and stewardship.

Learn about land trust accreditation

People

  • 1,490

  • 53

  • 9

  • 3

  • 32

Land Trust Longevity

  • 25 years old (1997)

  • 11 years old (2011)

  • 16 years old

Percent of Land Trusts Who Increased Focus on Climate Change in the Last Five Years

100%

Percent of Land Trusts Receiving Funding to Address Climate Change

100%

Land Protected

There has been a 7% increase in Hawaii land protected by land trusts since 2010.

Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Hawaii lands, waters and ways of life.

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
256,240
263,562
272,995
+7%
Under easement
40,243
45,265
45,772
+14%
Owned
23,543
24,100
25,407
+8%
Acquired and reconveyed
181,011
180,941
181,239
+0%
Protected by other means
11,443
9,187
20,578
+80%

Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.

Percent of Land Owned and Under Easement Held by an Accredited Land Trust

72%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$299 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

7,100

Source: NRCS - Natural Resources Inventory

This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.

Making a Difference

Hawaii land trusts are gaining ground.

Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of Hawaii's most pressing issues.

  • Tackling climate change: The Hawai'i Land Trust owns and stewards the Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands, where it prioritizes clearing the Kālepa Stream to restore regular stream flow to regulate sediment on the reef. Excessive quantities of sediment on the reef will quickly kill it, eliminating both the marine habitat and the protective barrier the reef provides.

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Land Trusts Working in Hawaii

Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.