Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

Overview

Established in 2000 for the preservation, protection and interpretation of traditional Native Hawaiian culture and natural resources, the Ala Kahakai NHT is a 175-mile trail corridor full of cultural and historical significance. It traverses through hundreds of ancient Hawaiian settlement sites and through over 200 ahupua'a, or traditional sea to mountain land divisions. Cultural resources along the trail include several important heiau (temples), royal centers, kahua (house site foundations), loko 'ia (fishponds) ko`a (fishing shrines), kii pohaku (petroglyphs), holua (stone slide), and wahi pana (sacred places). Natural Resources include anchialine ponds, pali (precipices), nearshore reefs, estuarine ecosystems, coastal vegetation, migratory birds, native sea turtle habitat, and several threatened and endangered endemic species of plants and animals.

Map

Activities

Seasonality / Weather

The trail is not currently open as National Historic Trail, although some sections are accessible by the public under State and County jurisdiction. Visitors are directed to the State Trails (Na Ala Hele) website pertaining to the Ala Kahakai, or contact at Na Ala Hele Trails & Access Specialist, Hawaii Island, Department of Land & Natural Resources, 19 East Kawili Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720. Telephone: 808 974-4217 email: dofawhi@interpac.net

Directions

Driving: 

The trail can be unofficially accessed through sections within the four National Parks on the Island of Hawai'i including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and Pu'ukohola National Historic Site.

Otherwise, the section of the Ala Kahakai under State Na Ala Hele jurisdiction is open for public use.