Aloha, E Na Kamalii (Hello, Kids)
Did you know that you can explore four national parks connected by one national historic trail?
Get out of the car, into the parks and on the trails with your families. Fun learning activities are available in Junior Ranger activity books. Your participation just depends on how much time you have.
One day or less: Each park has a Junior Ranger book. Families are encouraged to work together with their kids to complete the activities. Check with individual parks for hours of operations and amount of time needed to complete activities.
Two or more day: The Hawai`i Island National Parks Junior Ranger Adventure Book is geared for those who have more time to visit each side of the island. Driving to each park takes some time so plan that into your day. Ask for more details at the front desk of the park's visitor centers.
To download an Adventure Book, click here.
KIDS ON THE TRAIL: A recipe for stewardship
What is a good recipe for stewardship and conservation? Mix one part kids with many parts of nature, add in some fresh air, bake in the sunshine then blend vigorously with a few sprinkles of learning activities loaded with fun. Servings: limitless.
What to do during a one week school break? Fish camp.
How do you learn? Hands-on fun activities about ocean topics related to human use, fish anatomy, urchi gonad index, fish identification, reef survey and intertidal survey.
Na Kilo Aina, a fish camp held during October 2013 in Kawaihae along a portion of Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, was hosted by Kailapa Community Association in partnership with University of Hawaii's Sea Grant program and many community partners. These local community fish camps in Hawaii are an initiative of and funded by Conservation International's Hawaii Fish Trust.
This program carries out National Park Service's Call to Action #16, Live and Learn: "Provide multiple ways for children to learn about the national parks and what they reveal about nature, the nation's history, and issues central to our civic life."
OCEAN TRAILS: The Hawaiian Islands were first discovered and settled by peoples originating out of southeast Asia who explored into the far corners of the Pacific Ocean on deep sea voyaging canoes. As populations and culture developed in Hawaiʻi, its people transitioned to the use of smaller fishing canoes outfitted with sails.
The Nā Peʻa program continues this tradition of oceanic connection by teaching youth the cultural traditions associated with the traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe, while building leadership skills and environmental responsibility.
Annually a new cohort of youth are selected for the Nā Peʻa Program check website for details.
Last updated: March 15, 2017