Ala Kahakai Trail Association
The Ala Kahakai Trail Association (ATA) began as an interim organization in 2006 to become a registered non-profit organization registered in 2008. It is the supporting and overarching organization for the community management aspects of the Ala Kahakai National HistoricTrail (NHT), which is 175 miles of dedicated cultural and heritage trail on Hawaii Island.
The trail association was established to ensure that the Ala Kahakai NHT is well connected to the community, that Hawaiian values and principles are in place and practiced, to foster partnerships and collaboration, and to provide help and guidance for the work of managing and sustaining the trail in perpetuity.
They keep the vision of cultural conservation and community building through stewardship of the trail. Board members represent all the moku (districts) of Hawaii Island and have deep ties to these places. They serve to unite the community and to build positive, broad-based local, national and international support for the shared vision and goals stated in the trail's comprehensive management plan.
The living classroom of Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail has expanded beyond land trails to blue water ocean trails. A long time vision of creating future leaders, effective marine resource stewardship and perpetuation of indigenous beliefs, traditions and practices of native Hawaiians came to fruition with the Na Pe`a program.
Youth are being given hands on instructions about traditional Hawaiian sailing canoes with an emphasis on land and water stewardship. Middle school students selected from Konawaena Middle School for the year long program based out of Keauhou Bay in Kailua Kona meet three times a month. They have completed safety training, visited canoe plants in a Hawaiian rainforest, made their own paddles, and much more since they started in September 2013.
Na Pe`a is a collaboration between Nakoa Foundation and Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail and is supported by other partners with an interest in this vibrant youth program. For more detailed information, visit the Na Pe`a website.
The Nakoa Foundation
The Nakoa Foundation is an education-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting social tolerance and environmental responsibility through the perpetuation of the cultural traditions and practices associated with the traditional Hawaiian Canoe.
Established in 2008 by Kalani Nakoa, the Nakoa Foundation started out as a one man operation with no money. What it did have was a lot of Aloha. Kalani used his personal outrigger canoes to teach children seamanship, water safety and the core values that guide the Foundation today. It was his work with the Casey Family Foundation and physically abused children along with his work with the Konawena Middle School "No Child Left Ashore" program, that caught the attention of members of the larger Kona community. They saw the value in this program and got involved. Funding and administrative support from the Nationa Parks Service's Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, its Trail Support Association and other Kona Community Organizations has allowed the Nakoa Foundation to grow and its programs to mature.
Today, with a fully engaged board of directors the Nakoa Foundation is able to provide very unique educational opportunities for the Kona Community.
Last updated: September 22, 2017