Puna Trail Planning Project
Welcome to the Puna Planning Project page! Here, you’ll find all the public documents relating to the ongoing planning project.
The Puna Historic Trail is a small part of the traditional ala loa, or trail system, that ran parallel to the coast around most of the island. It connected communities together and allowed for trading and gathering from different ahupua‘a. Today’s Puna Historic Trail stretches almost three miles long, through a number of former fishing village settlements. It ends at Hā‘ena Beach, a sacred site where Pele’s younger sister, Hi‘iaka, first learned hula. However, some people have mistreated the trail and the beach, showing little respect for their cultural significance. The planning team, consisting of Nā Ala Hele Trail & Access Program and Townscape, Inc., a planning company, is asking for the community’s help to come up with immediate actions and long-term solutions to protect and preserve the historic trail and cultural sites of this wahi pana.
Click the links below to review related websites and documents:
- Puna Historic Trail Planning Fact Sheet
- Puna Trail Historic Context Study
- Nā Ala Hele Trail and Access Program Puna Trail webpage
Cultural and Historic Significance of the Puna Trail:
Expand the tabs below to learn more about the rich cultural history of the Puna Trail.