LAHAINA - The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust announced that the 13th annual "Buy Back the Beach Benefit Luau: Malama Kipuka" will be hosted by Old Lahaina Luau on Saturday, Jan. 25.
The community event will raise funds to ensure special places - including beaches, stunning scenic vistas, forests, cultural sites, ranches and farms from Kauai to Hawaii Island - remain vibrant and protected for current and future generations.
To reserve tables and purchase tickets for the benefit luau, call 244-5263 or visit the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust website at www.hilt.org/ BBTB2014.
HAPA will perform at the benefit luau.
A kipuka forms an area of protected land when lava flows down-slope or spreads from its source. Kipuka often appear to be like islands within a sea of lava flows.
This protected land is often an oasis of tall, old growth 'ohi'a, native ferns and other native plants, insects and birds that restore the forest to the new land formed by the lava flow.
According to HILT, "Hawaii's long-term well-being, environmentally, economically and culturally, is directly linked to the land and the choices we make about it."
To date, HILT has conserved over 17,500 acres on a number of properties with various conservation values important to residents and visitors alike.
"We see our green conserved lands as kipuka," said Executive Director Ted Clement. "Where these ancient oasis still exist, we want to save them, as they are, in perpetuity."
Clement, previously the executive director with Aquidneck Land Trust in Rhode Island, took the helm at HILT in January 2013.
The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust's 13th annual "Buy Back the Beach Benefit Lu'au: Malama Kipuka" will be hosted by Old Lahaina Luau and feature live entertainment by HAPA.
Live and silent auction items may be previewed online before the event, including a luxurious week-long excursion through Napa Valley and a private sail on the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Mo'okiha o Pi'ilani.
Development Director Carol Gentz, previously with the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, stated, "Proceeds from 'Buy Back the Beach,' our annual green oasis gala, will help to protect our precious lands throughout Hawaii."