Ala Kahakai NHT 2017 Highlights

Ala Kahakai Trail Association (AKTA)
E Mau Nā Ala Hele (EM)


  • Programs — AKTA used a foundation grant to hold two community outreach education programs on the trail; engaged in three events with a booth to pass out information and talk to community about the trail; EM and AKTA led hikes and organized field outings, such as “walk and talk” with NPS through Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park on National Trails Day.


  • Land — AKTA is in the process of securing county and State funds to purchase about 2,000 acres in Ka’ū to protect the coastline which the trail traverses ($2 million of the $6 million needed has been secured so far).
  • Advocacy — EM has been following potential developments along the trail and testifying to the County Planning Board and Planning Commission with concerns about how they could affect the trail.


  • Partnerships — AKTA partnered with a canoe club to start a long distance race to bring awareness and support to the trail.

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