The Ala Kahakai Trail Association (AKTA) provided the following highlights for the Ala Kahakai NHT during the 2021 calendar year:
Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience
Collaboration and Engagement
Education, Interpretation and Cultural Expression
After discovering a Makahiki grounds—an ancient festival site used for celebrating the traditional Hawaiian New Year—along the Trail, the Ala Kahakai Trail Association (AKTA) worked to bring school groups to the site to use it for traditional games associated with the celebratory season which runs from November to February. The goal was to build relationships with schools and encourage them to engage in traditional Hawaiian practices. The AKTA engaged school groups to teach them about the Trail in their area and to encourage them to visit the sites to strengthen their understanding of the Trail and what it represents to Native Hawaiians.