Below are a list of trail segments which are actively managed within the Ala Kahakai NHT corridor. Hiking trails that are not actively managed is discouraged. Remember to check local weather first, and follow all advisories and alerts.

The trail can be accessed through sections within the four National Parks on the Island of Hawai'i including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and Pu'ukohola National Historic Site.

The section of the Ala Kahakai Trail under Hawaii State Na Ala Hele jurisdiction is open for public use. This section of trail is located between Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and Anaeho'omalu Bay. Further information is available through Na Ala Hele.

Lineal descendants, community members, federal, state, and NGO&#ʻ;s. Photo Credit: B. Kona
Lineal descendants, community members, federal, state, and NGOʻs join hands to form a circle to bless the restoration of a trail segment in North Kona.

Photo Credit: B. Ballesteros

Community-Based, Descendant Led Management
The purpose and collective vision for the Ala Kahakai trail system was crafted over many meetings with community members, lineal descendants, landowners and other stakeholders both near and far. Their thoughts and stories led to Ala Kahakai NHTs descendant-led, community-based approach to trail management. Community-based management means that the community takes an active role in Trail management. The community provides crucial input in developing Hawaiian values-based policies for the Trail, in creating guidelines for management, and putting the policies and guidelines into practice in the day-to-day care of the Trail. Trail segments will be opened one section at a time, as appropriate, where community-based management plans are in place.

Last updated: January 31, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail
73-4786 Kanalani Street, #14

Kailua-Kona, HI 96740


(808) 326-6012 xx101

Contact Us