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April 30, 2014

Trail Restoration Project Recognized With State Award

Olokea (traditional Hawaiian ladder system) spans section of trail stabilization project

Olokea (traditional Hawaiian ladder system) spans section of trail stabilization project

Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail and its many partners have been recognized for their efforts in stabilizing and preserving part of the trail seriously damaged during a major earthquake in 2006.

The preservation honor award will be presented on May 30th at the Historic Hawai’i Foundation’s 2014 preservation honor awards ceremony. Along with the trail, recipients include the Hawai’i Division of State Parks, ‘Ohana of Napuu Area; Hui Aloha Kiholo; Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Department of Land and Natural Resources; and Ala Kahakai Trail Association. Additional National Park Service support included assistance of staff from Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site.

This award is for the 2014 Kiholo-Puako trail earthquake damage stabilization project. This historic trail, an alanui aupuni (government road) also known as the King’s Trail, dates to the mid-1800s and represents one of the finest examples of trails constructed by the Kingdom of Hawai’i. Listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, the Kiholo-Puako trail is a primary north-south route for trail users in Kiholo State Park Reserve and Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail and is still actively used for cultural and recreational purposes.

Two sections of the historic Kiholo-Puako Trail in Pu’uanahulu on Hawai’i Island were repaired and stabilized while effectively demonstrating community-based management and engagement. These trail sections, consisting of two massive masonry causeways, were extensively damaged during a major 2006 earthquake and aftershocks.

This project is a great example of architectural stabilization using traditional Hawaiian dry-set masonry (hapai pohaku) by a team of highly qualified masons and archaeologists working together. The project documented, repaired and stabilized 180 linear feet of dry set masonry trail fabric and included detailed documentation of the trail, the adjacent ancient ala loa (long trail), and associated archeological features before, during and after the repair work that will contribute to the preservation of this very important piece of Hawaiian history. The funding for this project was provided by the cultural cyclic maintenance program.

This is the 40th year of the preservation honor awards, which are Hawaii’s highest recognition of preservation projects that perpetuate, rehabilitate, restore or interpret the state’s architectural, archaeological and/ or cultural heritage.

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