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American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® June 4, 2011

May 27, 2011

The only National Trail in Hawaii, Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, is located on Hawaii island. It spans 175 miles from Upolu Point on the northern tip of the island down the Kona coast through three National Park units: Puukohola National Historic Site at Kawaihae, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park near Kailua-Kona, Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park at Honaunau and around Ka Lae (South Point) to the eastern boundary of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The twofold purpose of the trail is to:
– Preserve, protect, reestablish as necessary and maintain a substantial portion of the ancient ala loa and associated resources and values, along with linking trails on or parallel to the shoreline on Hawai’i Island.
– Provide for a high quality experience, enjoyment, and education guided by Native Hawaiian protocol and etiquette while protecting the trail’s natural and cultural heritage and respecting private and community interests.

The trail’s significance is revealed when it expresses the Native Hawaiian culture and way of life by reflecting dynamic cultural resources, remembering significant events, and protecting natural resources as trails are revitalized by community groups who build their own capacity to steward their places, their people, and their heritage.  Working with partners allows Ala Kahakai NHT to fulfill its mission.

2011 American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®

A variety of events will be held across the island to celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® on Saturday, June 4, 2011. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air and natural elements of Hawaii. Please contact the individual parks for more details and updates. Have a safe and healthy walk on the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.

Park Ranger as John Young

Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Living History Tour
10:30am-11:15am

Celebrate National Trails Day® with the trusted friend and advisor to King Kamehameha the Great, John Young. Step back 200 years on this unique living history walk along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail in Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. For details, call (808) 882-7218 Ext. 1011.


Cultural Walk
9:30am-10:30am

National Park Ranger will guide a one hour hike along sections of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail in the Honaunau area. Meet at the park’s visitor center prepared with water, sturdy shoes and sun protection for the one hour round trip hike. For more information, call (808) 328-2326 Ext.1241.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Ranger Guided Summit Walks
10:30am and 1:30pm

Rainforest in Hawaii. Photo by Jack Jeffrey, USFWS

Two 45 minute to 1 hour daily scheduled ranger-led walk at the summit of Kilauea Volcano will occur on American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. This walk is wheelchair accessible and less than 1/2 mile of walking on a paved path. Topics highlighted: biology, geology, and Hawaiian culture of Kilauea. For other daily activities, please see the Ranger Activities bulletin board in the visitor center. The activity schedule is posted daily at 9:00 a.m. each morning. For more information call, (808) 985-6000.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Hike with a Ranger
9:30am-11:00am

Hike with a Ranger from Hale Ho`okipa (Visitor Center) through lava fields, petroglyphs, & along the coastline to see ancient fishponds, native birds, sea turtles and other sights.

Just one of many beautiful sights along the shoreline at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. (Anonymous)

Hawai’i Volcanoes Institute, part of Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hike The Ka’u Coast: Punalu’u To Kamehame
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

In honor of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®, join park ranger Jay Robinson for a five-mile round-trip interpretive program along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.  The day begins with native Hawaiian Shanell Dedman introducing us to the ancient cultural stories and sites at Punalu‘u.  From there, we’ll pass anchialine pools, sea cliffs, and more during a moderately strenuous hike that traverses raw lava fields along a windswept, sun-soaked landscape.  The turn-around point is Kamehame, the black sand beach that is a primary nesting site for honu ‘ea (hawksbill turtles).  Sponsored by Hawai‘i Volcanoes Institute, part of Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.  Cost per person is $50 for Friends members and $65 for non-members.  Students (K-12 and college with valid student ID) are half-price.  Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to get the member discount.  To register, call (808) 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org.

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Green sea turtle. Photo by Mila Zinkova (Friends of HVNP)

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