Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. 
Since its founding in 1972, the San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land has helped conserve more than two million acres of land in 3,000 separate projects across the U.S. Working out of six regional offices and in most of the fifty states, TPL leverages donor dollars and other available funding sources to help communities purchase land and transfer it into public hands, everything from national parks expansion to greenways to historic sites to urban pocket parks. It also uses a quiver of real estate tools—conservation easements, deed restrictions—to permanently protect farmlands, view planes and watersheds. “We’re very skilled at how to make the most difficult real estate transactions work,” says Scott Parker, who set up TPL’s Hawai‘i office in 1998 and is now TPL’s national director of project training. “We think and act like a private developer, except we un-develop.” 
Hawaiian Islands Program
From an article entitled The Third Way in Hana Hou! magazine, author Curt Sanburn writes of TPL:
- Between them, Parker, (Joshua) Stanbro and Stanbro’s predecessor, Teresa McHugh, have signed off on eleven land conservation projects in the Islands, totaling 2,098 acres. These include the expansion of O‘ahu’s Ka‘ala Farm, a community-sponsored cultural learning center on the Wai‘anae coast; expansions of Volcanoes National Park and Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island, and Haleakala National Park on Maui; creation of the seventy-seven-acre Waiahole Beach Park on the shores of O‘ahu’s Kane‘ohe Bay; and protection of historic seventy-acre Mu‘olea Point at Hana on Maui and of Lumaha‘i Beach on Kaua‘i. 
Lea Ok Soon Hong is the new director of the Trust for Public Land's Hawaiian Islands Program, appointed on Aug. 21, 2006.  Joshua Stanbro is the Hawaiian Islands project manager for the Trust for Public Land.
- Adding to Isles' legacy Honolulu Advertiser, September 14, 2006.
- Aguiar, Eloise. Persistence, patience pay off for preserving North Shore land Honolulu Advertiser, November 28, 2006.
- Leone, Diana. [http://starbulletin.com/2007/01/16/news/story05.html Trust brokers Pupukea preservation deal
The 1,100-acre Pupukea-Paumalu bluff-top property offers a bird's-eye view of North Shore surf spots] Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 16, 2007.
- Stanton, Karin. Senators dedicate park land -- An ancient fishing village is part of the 420 acres south of Kailua-Kona Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 23, 2007.
- Leone, Diana. State buys Oahu ‘treasure’ Honolulu Star-Bulletin, April 2, 2007.
- Daranciang, Nelson. Sale preserves land in Pupukea -- A deal settles a decades-long fight to protect property from development Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 28, 2007.
- OUR OPINION: Pupukea-Paumalu preservation a priceless gift to Hawaii THE ISSUE: Preservation of 1,129 acres of North Shore land comes after years of community efforts. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 30, 2007.
- Thompson, Rod. OHA takes control of Big Isle forest -- Sen. Inouye says, "I hope all of you will forgive me" for his support of geothermal Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 28, 2007.
- OUR OPINION: It’s time to celebrate Pupukea-Paumalu THE ISSUE: The preservation of the North Shore coastal bluff will be marked in a community event tomorrow. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 7, 2007.
- Leone, Diana. 10 WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE - LEA OK SOON HONG - TRUST FOR PUBLIC LANDS Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 26, 2007.