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Youth Programs in Focus

March 5, 2013
Youth endure lava landscape along Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

Youth endure lava landscape along Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. Photo credit: Nancy Erger

A National Park Service’s monthly newsletter highlights and celebrates the good work that parks and youth program partnerships are doing in the Pacific West Region. The December 2012 issue of Youth Programs in Focus recently featured Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School in Waimea on the island of Hawaii. Their recent “Aloha Aina” (love of the land) journey along Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail are fresh steps towards youth involvement and stewardship on Hawaii’s only national trail.

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During the trip, descendant members of host communities presented stories specific to each place where their families continue to live and steward the land and ocean as their ancestors did. These shared cultural and historical stories with future generations are part of the added educational value of the trail, making it a 175 mile long “living classroom” in which students can experience education in the outdoor setting. Thanks to all who participated on Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail: students, families, staff, community supporters, trail hosts and Ala Kahakai Trail Association.

Walking on the same path as the ancestors

Walking on the same path as the ancestors. Photo credit: Nancy Erger

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