Na Ala Hele
Day Use Trail Safety
- “Na Ala Hele” is the State of Hawaii Trail
and Access Program. Established in 1988 in response to public concern about the loss of public access to
certain trails and the threat to historic trails from development pressure. Na Ala Hele has become
increasingly engaged in trail management and regulatory issues due to both public and commercial
recreational activities and emerging legal issues.
- Administered by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife – Department of Land and Natural Resources.
- Legal authority:
Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapter 198D.
Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 13, Chapter 130.
- Administrative directives:
Regulate activity for specific trails and accesses.
Conduct trail and access inventory and classification.
Investigate potential and needed trails and accesses.
Examine legal issues associated with trails and access.
Act as point of contact for trail and access information and issues.
Conduct trail and access advisory council meetings.
- Primary management activities:
Construct, restore and maintain trails, and access roads by
staff and partnerships with community volunteers.
Island Trail and Access Advisory Councils, comprised of trail user groups and constituents,
provide a venue for public input on implementing the program.
- Trails and access roads are important management
features that provide multiple services:
Access to suppress wildland fire.
Access to hunting game animals.
Access to monitor, research and restore native flora, and fauna.
Access to experience cultural history and historic trail features.
Access to search and rescue efforts, and resource management.
Access to recreational opportunities (hiking, hunting, bicycling, horseback riding).
Access to economic and tourism opportunities through commercial trail hikes.
- Before You Go:
Get Information: Prepare your hiking route. Maps and directions
are available through this website. If using a trail not shown on this site
or map links, or want more information, contact trail staff via the
"Contact" portion of the website.
Inform others: Tell someone of your hiking plans including the trail name,
location, and your estimated time of return.
Assess your capabilities: Be aware of your physical
limitations, skills, and energy levels.
Check the weather forecast for the day: If a storm is forecasted, consider
hiking on another day – or select trails in dryer areas.
Carry a small pack with water: with some basic first aid materials, energy snacks,
cell phone, and plastic garbage bag (for either collecting rubbish or to use as a rain gear).
Wear sturdy and comfortable shoes with good traction: This will make the hike fun for
everyone, and improve your hiking skill and safety.
- When You Are Out
ALWAYS STAY ON SIGNED AND MANAGED TRAILS! Trails and access roads
on this site are maintained and designated for public use. Hiking and leaving a
maintained trail is dangerous (i.e. hiking on adjacent ridgelines, gulches,
or cliff climbing etc.).
Pay attention: to posted warning and management signs.
If the direction of the trail looks confusing: go back and start over.
Do not hike alone: consider hiking with a group of people.
Keep track of time: by allowing sufficient time to return before dark.
Commercial Tour Operators
Activities & Attractions Associations of Hawaii (Toni Davis)
Aloha Aina Eco-Tours (Etsuko Ono)
Aloha Kauai Tours (Michael Hopkins)
Aloha Nui Loa Tours, Inc (Hike Maui) (Ken Schmitt)
Alpengirl, Inc. (Alissa Farley)
American Adventure Inc. (JP Clark)
Backroads (Michael Flaherty)
Bike Hawaii (John Alford)
Discovering Hidden Hawaii Tours, Inc. (Leo Malagon)
Esprit De Corps Riding Academy (Dale Rosenfeld)
Explore Hawaii Tour, Inc. (Jeff Hanh)
Hawaii Forest & Trail (Rob Pacheco)
Hawaii Movie Tours, Inc. (Bob Jasper)
Hawaii Nature Explorers (Kumiko Hasegawa)
Hawaii Pack and Paddle (Betsy Morrigan)
Hawaii Rainbow Tour (Naohiro Lee)
Hawaiian Escapades (D.S. Paliunares)
Hawaiitop Tour LLC (Kelly Jeong)
Hiking Hawaii (Crystal Evans)
Hina Adventures, Inc. (Ena Sroat)
Kauai Eco Tours (Alex Hawk)
Kauai Nature Tours (Charles Blay)
Kauai Outdoor Adventures and Tours (Robert Nagao)
Na Pali Kayak (Joshua Comstock)
Na Pali Outfitters dba Kayak Kauai (Micco Godinez)
Native Guide Hawaii (Warren Costa)
Native Hawaiian Conservation & Hiking Expeditions (Charles Cobb-Adams Jr.)
Oahu Nature Tours (Michael Walther)
Oahu X Trail & Excursion Co. (Patrick Tubman)
RTL, Inc dba The World Outdoors (William Marriner)
The Real Hawaii Eco-Cultural Excursions (Chris Spears)
Travel Plaza, LLC. (Chigusa Imaoka)
Development of this website was funded by grants from the State of Hawaii,
Hawaii Tourism Authority
and the Federal Highway Administration, Recreational Trails Program