• Stepping stone trail

    Ala Kahakai

    National Historic Trail Hawai'i

Natural Features & Ecosystems

`Opae ula (Halocaridina rubra)

`Opae ula (Halocaridina rubra) Native shrimp to Hawaii.

NPS photo

Opportunities to preserve the environment

The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail passes through and provides opportunities to protect significant natural areas and ecosystems with indigenous and endemic species along its route.

What we will preserve, protect, and interpret:
· anchialine pools
· caves
· endemic species habitat
· endangered and threatened species
· ecological zones
· lava forms and formations

(Comprehensive Management Plan, 2009, pg. 10)

 
Living classroom along the trail

Living classroom along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

A Living Classroom

Listen and learn as the landscape speaks its stories.The connection of early Hawaiians to the natural elements was so integrated that there was no separation between the culture and nature. It was one and the same.

Animal and plant species, anchialine pools, landscapes, geology, ambient sounds, and night skies were essential components or considerations in the culture of early Hawaiians that require understanding and preservation today by all. There are opportunities to preserve the environment.

Discover Inventory & Monitoring on the Ala Kahakai National Historic trail at the National Park Service's Pacific Island Network page. Click here

Did You Know?

Noni tree with fruit

Did you know the noni tree was brought by the early Polynesians and was used as a medicinal tonic to treat digestive problems. Today, noni juice can be bought in many health food stores throughout the country.