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National Trails Day®

May 25, 2012

Get outside and move! Celebrate National Trails Day® across the island with family and friends on the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, a 175 mile network of ancient and historic trails. Various hikes will be offered by National Parks, park partners and community groups. Events are scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday, June 2 & 3. Be prepared for the weather, wear appropriate footwear for a mix of trail terrain, and pack water and food. The first 25 people who show up for events will receive a special surprise!  Call for more information.

 Saturday June 2, 2012
Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site     10:30am-11:30am
Join a Park Ranger for an extended guided hike through the park. Special emphasis will be on Hawaii’s ancient trails and the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. Visitor Center (808) 882-7218.

Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park     10:30am-11:30am
Discover a trail close to Kona during a guided ranger hike from the park Visitor Center to `Ai`opio fish trap. Visitor Center (808) 326-9057. 

Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park    Call for time.
Guided hike along a shoreline trail. Visitor Center (808) 328-2326. 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park     Times vary, please call
Guided ranger hike at the National Park. Visitor Center (808) 987-6000.


Sunday June 3, 2012
E Mau Na Ala Hele   9:00am-2:00pm
Join E Mau Na Ala Hele as we celebrate National Trails Day weekend with a walk along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. We will meet at 9:00am on Sunday, June 3rd, at the entrance to the Maniniowali (Kua Bay) section of the Kekaha Kai State Park (on Hwy. 19, 2.6 miles north of Keahole Airport, across from the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetary). We will walk north to the area near Kona Village where the shoreline is closed because of damage caused by the 2011 tsunami. We will then return to the beach access area near Kukio Bay for lunch. After lunch hikers may either car shuttle or hike back to Kua Bay. The trail goes over varied terrain from cobble beaches, smooth and rough lava, sandy beaches, and paved walkways. Participants should wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, bring at least two liters of water and a trail lunch. Be prepared for a hot, sunny hike. We will move at a comfortable pace to explore, appreciate, and photograph the cultural and natural resources of the area. E Mau Na Ala Hele is a non-profit trails advocacy group dedicated to preserving Hawaii’s ancient and historic trails and the natural and cultural environments surrounding them. Membership is encouraged, but not required, to join the National Trails Day walk. All are welcomed. There is no fee. Call Barbara (885-7132) for more information or visit

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kona Trail Sneak Preview at Kahuku.
Help us celebrate National Trails Day! Join park ranger John Stallman for a guided interpretive walk along a new loop trail at Kahuku.  This four-mile roundtrip trek through the scenic highland pastures offers participants a  sneak preview of the Kona Trail, which is not yet open to the general public.  Excellent bird-watching opportunities abound, plus learn about the natural and cultural heritage of this special place.  Cost per person is $50 for Friends members and $70 for non-members.  Students (K-12 and college with valid student ID) are half-price.  Non-members are welcome to join the non-profit Friends group in order to get the member discount.  To register, contact the Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or visit


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