Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

The Ala Kahakai NHT's triangular-shaped sign featured a yellow hook against a blue background


Established: January 24, 2000
Managing Nonprofit: Ala Kahakai Trail Association, E Mau Na Ala Hele
Managing Agency: National Park Service


Map of the Ala Kahakai NHT courtesy Ala Kahakai Trail AssociationThe name “Ala Kahakai” means “trail by the sea” in Hawaiian and this is no misnomer. The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail follows the southern and western coasts of the “Big Island” of Hawaii for 175 miles, tracing ancient, culturally significant and historic trails that connect wahi pana (storied landscapes) and over 200 ahupua’a (traditional land divisions) across the island.

Northwestern Terminus: ‘Upolu Point

Southeastern Terminus: Puna / Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

The trail crosses lava flows, sandy beaches, rocky shore lines and modern roads.

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