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.

Our Mission

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


We aspire to demonstrate the following in all that we do:  

   Aloha           Sacred breath of life, love, compassion
   Ho‘okipa      Hospitality
   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