The Alahaka Ramp, situated near the southern end of the Keanae'e Cliffs, is a massive stone ramp that connects the historic 1871 Trail to Ki'ilae Village. Various mo'olelo (historical narratives, accounts, and native traditions), collected over the years indicate that access to Ki'ilae, prior to the construction of the ramp, was via a ladder or rope. There is no clear indication of when the ascension up to the pali (cliff) changed from a rope/ladder to a ramp, but it most likely occurred sometime in the mid-1800s. It is during this time that a series of large-scale government programs were initiated that focused on improvements to public resources, such as roadways. By the 1840s, the system of modified trail and road alignments came to be known as the alanui aupuni or Government Roads.
In regards to the Alahaka Ramp, the first reference of a "constructed ramp" is found in a letter to the Minister of the Interior dated Feb. 4, 1868. In this letter, George Hardy, the road supervisor at the time, says: "In South Kona, I have repaired [a very] bad place known by the name of Alahaka in the village of Ki'ilae, a place of great danger where several horses had been kill'd: and where people were [sic] in danger of going up and down. I have made it wide and a substantial road."