Molokai Land Trust

The mission of the Moloka`i Land Trust is to protect and restore the land, natural and cultural resources of Moloka`i, and to perpetuate the unique Native Hawaiian traditions and character of the islands for the benefit of the future generations of all Moloka`i, particularly Native Hawaiians

The fledgling Moloka`i Land Trust incorporated and received its public charity status in 2006, but its origins go back almost ten years. In 1998, Moloka`i became an “Enterprise Community” (“EC”) after applying for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community Program. The EC developed a ten-year strategic plan with the USDA’s assistance, which specifically included the goal of creating a land trust to preserve culturally and environmentally important lands on Moloka`i.

A community-based master land use plan also came out of the EC project. The land use plan proposes Molokai’s largest landowner, Moloka`i Properties Limited (MPL), donate 26,000 acres of its 65,000-acre holdings, and place conservation easements on another 24,000 acres. MLT Secretary Cheryl Corbiell explained, “we believe this new land trust will help Moloka`i residents take control of their rural and cultural heritage.” MLT fills a needed niche, as non-residents own over 85% of the lands on Moloka`i.

Contact Molokai Land Trust

William “Butch” Haase
Executive Director
P.O. Box 1884
Kaunakakai, Hawaii  96748
Phone: (808) 553-9009


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