Learn how to get more involved with the ala kahakai trail association!

We encourage you to contact us and join our email listing to receive monthly updates on the activities we have prepared for this year. 

 
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Nana i waele mua i ke ala, mahope aku mākou, nā pōkiʻi.

He [or she] first cleared the path and then we younger ones followed.

Mahalo nui loa to all of those who that came on our early morning hike at Weliweli on February 11, 2018! We are so grateful to have hosted such inspired and dedicated community members at this event. As Kamuela Plunkett shared with us towards the end of this hike, "Kuleana means responsibility, but it also means privilege". As a Hawaiian community, we are responsible for these trails. They exist for our benefit and use. This is one of many reasons why it is important that we constantly strive to protect and care for the trail systems here on Hawaiʻi Island. The trail was built and maintained by its people for generations. However, this responsibility is not a burden, it is a privilege. We often forget the trails in our every day lives, as they are hidden from plain sight. Nonetheless, every time we walk in the physical space that our kupuna lived and breathed, we are reminded of the privilege that we have been given. This is the kuleana that we at the Ala Kahakai Trail Association hope to reconnect and maintain the connections to for moʻopuna of those who came before us and never left.

 Mahalo to the NPS trail crew for assisting the South Kona team in their efforts of trail clearing at Kauleoli! ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia!  No task is to big when done together by all!

Mahalo to the NPS trail crew for assisting the South Kona team in their efforts of trail clearing at Kauleoli! ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia! No task is to big when done together by all!

Keep Puako Beautiful beach clean up

Saturday March 03, 2018

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Ala Kahakai hosted a booth at the seventh annual Wiliwili Festival in Waikoloa on Saturday February 10, 2018. Thank you to all those who joined us in celebrating our Native Wiliwili tree with the Waikoloa Dryforest Initiative!

 The view extending into the ocean at Honokaʻope can be seen from the Ala Kahakai and restoration efforts by the National Park Service (NPS) have made this National Historic Trail much more accessible on the cliffside. Portions of the trail were redirected inland for safer travels by hikers. Mahalo nui to the NPS Trail Crew for all their hardwork in maintaining and restoring this trail!

The view extending into the ocean at Honokaʻope can be seen from the Ala Kahakai and restoration efforts by the National Park Service (NPS) have made this National Historic Trail much more accessible on the cliffside. Portions of the trail were redirected inland for safer travels by hikers. Mahalo nui to the NPS Trail Crew for all their hardwork in maintaining and restoring this trail!

 On January 14, the Ala Kahakai Trail Association ended our Quarterly Board Meeting with a hike down on the coastline of Kaʻohe.

On January 14, the Ala Kahakai Trail Association ended our Quarterly Board Meeting with a hike down on the coastline of Kaʻohe.

 
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 The hike from Punaluʻu to Kawa, Kaʻu was full of opportunities to learn and share manaʻo of place and we at the Trail Association are so grateful to have been able to spend time with our Kaʻu ʻOhana. Mahalo piha to them all for welcoming us into their home.

The hike from Punaluʻu to Kawa, Kaʻu was full of opportunities to learn and share manaʻo of place and we at the Trail Association are so grateful to have been able to spend time with our Kaʻu ʻOhana. Mahalo piha to them all for welcoming us into their home.

 Community Members hike with ATA and NPS on October 21, 2017 for La Hoʻala Ala Hele.

Community Members hike with ATA and NPS on October 21, 2017 for La Hoʻala Ala Hele.

La Hoʻala ala hele

This year, in celebration of La Hoʻala Ala Hele, Ala Kahakai Trail Association partnered with E Mau Na Ala Hele to hold a "Walk and Talk" along the trail from Waileʻa to Kaunaʻoa. The event was funded and supported by both the National Park Foundation as well as the Coca Cola Fund and guest speaker Kuʻulei Keakealani joined us to share the stories of the very special places that we encountered along our walk. Rick Gmirkin, community archaeologist for the trail joined us and identified important historic, cultural, and archaeological features along the way. Overall it was an amazing day and a huge success! We look forward to doing it again next year!

 Ala Kahakai Trail Association Vice President, Alan Brown and E Mau Na Ala Hele Board Member Marcie Davis at the annual Run for the Dryland Forest at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa.

Ala Kahakai Trail Association Vice President, Alan Brown and E Mau Na Ala Hele Board Member Marcie Davis at the annual Run for the Dryland Forest at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa.

Puʻuwaʻawaʻa dryland forest run, october 28, 2017

Ala Kahakai Trail Association partnered with E Mau Na Ala Hele to man a booth at The Run for the Dryland Forest this year. The races were held at Puʻuwaʻawaʻa Dryland Forest and participants and their ʻohana visited our booth and took the time to learn more about the trails as they passed by.


 The 1871 trail south of Puʻu Honua o Honaunau National Historic Park.

The 1871 trail south of Puʻu Honua o Honaunau National Historic Park.

INterested in getting more involved?

The Ala Kahakai Trail Association will be hosting a community hike along the trail once a month. These events are an amazing opportunity to learn about significant archaeological, historical, and cultural information about the wahi pana of Hawaiʻi Island.

Please contact hawkins@alakahakaitrail.org if you are interested in receiving updates on when and where these hiking events will take place.