State of Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources is one of the state's largest land management agencies with the responsibility to:

"Enhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawaii’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of visitors and the people of Hawaii nei in partnership with others from the public and private sectors."

The Division of Forestry and Wildlife under the Department houses the 'Na Ala Hele' Trails and Access Program. Na Ala Hele 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.

http://hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov/

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

Trails and access roads are important management features that provide multiple services:
° Suppression of fire and access to combat wildland fire
° Access for hunting environmentally damaging game species
° Access to monitor, research and restore native flora and fauna
° Access to experience cultural history and historic trail features
° Access for search and rescue efforts and resource management
° Recreational opportunities (hike, hunt, bicycle, equestrian, off-road vehicle)
° Economic and tourism opportunities through commercial trail excursions

Programs

Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program

“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. http://hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov/ Administered by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife -...