November 28, 2012
I have been involved with the Hawaii Wildlife Center since 2007 - first as a pro-bono consultant, then as an Advisor and finally serving on the Board of Directors. I first became involved due to the site of the Hawaii Wildlife Center being located on the former Halaula Sugar Mill and plantation, where my father's family lived and worked. They attended the adjacent Halaula Elementary School (now called the Kohala Middle School). However, it took just moments to become affected by Linda Elliot's infectious enthusiasm for her concern for Hawaii's native bird and bat populations. It was easy to understand what an important function the Center would provide for both crisis and on-going rehabilitative treatments for injured birds. Beyond the rehabilitation and release efforts for native birds, Hawaii Wildlife Center is a resource for conservation, education and community volunteerism. Now that the Center is operational, Linda has been able to begin realizing all of those goals and now has a talented staff, a dedicated group of volunteers and Board to support her efforts. HWC and Linda are an inspiration to witness and participate with. I am excited to be able to part of this journey and look forward to the future. Jason Umemoto
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