We see the Ala Kahakai Trail as a viable, appropriately used and well managed trail that follows the path of our ancestors while creating hope for the future. It provides a bridge of understanding, respect and balance for all to use, protect, learn from and appreciate.
Ala Kahakai Trail Association’s mission is to support and guide a community-managed trail that honors those who came before and perpetuates for those to follow – with protocols and respect for Hawai‘i’s past, present and future.
The purpose of the Association (through the Board of Directors) is to maintain the integrity of the vision. It is not an advocacy board. It provides a legal structure and community management support to undertake the various projects and initiatives needed to reach the vision and fulfill the mission of the Ala Kahakai Trail Association and to provide support to the National Park Service in its role in the administration of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail
VALUES AND PRINCIPLES
We aspire to demonstrate the following in all that we do:
Aloha Sacred breath of life, love, compassion
Ho‘okupu Tribute as a sign of honor and respect, gift exchange
Kōkua “Pulling with the back,” pitching in to help, volunteering
Kuleana Responsibility – implied reciprocity
Laulima “Many hands working together”, cooperation
Lokahi Unity, harmony
Mahalo Thanks, gratitude
Mālama Take care of, care for, preserve
Pono Balance, proper, right just, fair, integrity