Na Ala Hele – Hawai‘i Trail and Access System

Na Ala Hele Logo

“Na Ala Hele” is the State of Hawai‘i Trail and Access Program. It was 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.

Na Ala Hele is administered by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife – Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Legal authority:

  • Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, Chapter 198D.
  • Hawai‘i 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:

  • Councils are comprised of trail user groups and constituents, and provide a venue for public input on implementing the program.

Trails and access roads 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.

To read the Na Ala Hele Program Plan (1991), click here.