Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can we access the trail?
Portions of the trail can currently be accessed through the four National Parks found on the Island of Hawai'i including Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Parks, and Pu'ukohola National Historic Site. Other portions can be accessed through state or county lands.
2. What can we see along the trail?
Along the trail you can find beautiful coastline vistas, native shoreline plants and cultural sites.
3. When was the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail created?
In 2000 the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail was designated by Congress through community advocacy.
4. How long is the trail?
The trail is a 175 mile long trail corridor and is part of the National Park Service Trail System.
5. What has happened to many of the historical Hawaiian trails?
Many of the old trails of Hawai'i have been lost to development, changing land use patterns and time.
6. Why should we preserve this trail system?
This trail will provide access for preservation of history, the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture and to preserve the coastal environment of Hawai'i for future generations.
Did You Know?
Did you know Polynesian explorers navigated across the Pacific Ocean using the stars, wind and wave patterns and seabirds to guide across the sea safely to their destination.