Lyle is responsible for stewarding the trust’s lands and properties.
He coordinates and supervises maintenance and upkeep of trust lands, facilities, offices and equipment; assists with natural resource data collection; oversees restoration and upkeep activities at campsites, historic preserves and other sensitive areas; and provides general maintenance and special event support for all trust activity in Kona.
Lyle has lived on Hawaiʻi Island his whole life.
Born and raised on a coffee farm in the ahupua’a of Ka’awaloa in South Kona, he grew up picking coffee, raising animals, growing vegetables and fruits … “a regular MacDonald farm.”
Lyle attended Konawaena High School, and received his cultural education from Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park during his teens and into his young adult years.
He raised hogs commercially with his dad for 25 years, and was a volunteer law officer with the Department of Land & Natural Resources – Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement from 1985 to 2010.
A gifted musician with an unbelievably beautiful voice, Lyle has played music most of his life. For the last eight years, he has been playing for a production company doing luaus and conventions at various hotels.
Lyle has been married for almost 30 years and has four children—two boys and two girls – and one grandson.
He has been serving the Queen since 1989 and says “it’s been a wonderful journey.”