Hugh has worked with nearly every facet of the rural land industry in Hawaii for over 35 years. Born in the Islands, most of his youth was spent in ranching communities on the Big Island, Maui, and Moloka’i. He went on to New York’s Cornell University to complete studies in Agricultural Economics and Animal Husbandry, returning to the Islands to work for a Maui ranch in 1968. He obtained his real estate license in 1971
He currently works with individual small landowners as well as with a number of Maui’s largest ranch landowners, trusts and estates. The work encompasses:
· long-range holistic land planning
· low-scale development consulting
· family land planning
· use of land preservation tools such as conservation easements and donations
· cost-effective digital map and aerial exhibit preparation
· agriculture/water/recreational planning
· feasibility studies & investment assessments
· mediation and negotiation in land matters
· community/government interface collaboration
· liaison work with client attorneys
Hugh's guiding philosophy is to foster long-term land stewardship for the proverbial seventh-generation; we strive through our work to protect & preserve those elements of Hawaii’s environment and culture that make these Islands so unique on our planet Earth. We recognize & accept the far-reaching demands that growing and migrating human populations make on our natural resources. These are resources that extend from high elevation rain forests to near-shore ocean waters, all delicate and vulnerable ecosystems.
Hugh has a strong belief that the future growth in Hawaii’s rural areas must be constructively & consciously balanced with persistent support and nurturance of our glorious natural and agricultural open spaces.