Hawaii’s Thousand Friends is dedicated to ensuring that growth is reasonable and responsible; that appropriate planning, management, and water and land use decisions are made that protect the environment, human health and cultural and natural resources; and that decisions are made and proposals are implemented in conformity with the law.
Hawaii’s Thousand Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made up of an executive director, volunteer board, and a thousand mindful citizens like you.
Hawaii’s Thousand Friends has been at the forefront of environmental litigation since its inception in 1980, successfully fighting legal cases focusing on land use planning, the Public Trust Doctrine, and native land and water rights.
Board of Directors
Donna Wong has been executive director of Hawaii’s Thousand Friends since 1990.
For more than 35 years, Donna Wong has championed a litany of prominent environmental and land use issues in our island state and mentored dozens of citizens who were told by somebody to “Try call Donna Wong.”
Donna’s advocacy journey began in 1980 with her election to the Kailua Neighborhood Board. She later said, “I naively thought, if only government officials knew the laws they would do the right thing. It didn’t take me long to learn that government usually only acts properly when watch-dogged by citizens.”
Donna still serves on the Kailua Neighborhood Board, as well as the Oahu Island Council of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust and the League of Women Voters Education Fund. She previously served on the State Marine and Coastal Zone Management Advisory Council, Kawainui Heritage Foundation and Conservation Voters of Hawai‘i.
In 2009, Donna was named “Woman of The Year” by The Hawai`i State Commission on the Status of Women. She is only the third person to receive this award since the Commission’s beginning in 1964. The other two recipients were Dr. Donnis Thompson and Indru Watumull.
Years later “and zillions of hours” of talking, educating and advocating, Donna Wong is still fighting for the same goal—to empower people with knowledge so they can participate in the decision-making process in order to protect what is important in their community and ensure that decision makers follow and uphold our laws.
2015 Annual Report
Unsung Hero Awards
Begun in 1992, this award recognizes individuals working to protect Hawai'i's land, culture and environment.
2005 Unsung Hero Muriel Seto,
with Ed Case
2012 Unsung Heroes
Cliff Slater, with wife Bobbie,
Moses Haia, 2006 Unsung Hero
2010 (Attorneys who have done legal work for HTF)
Web Site Photos
Most nature photographhs used throughout this web site taken by board member Tom Coffman.