DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
to Opening of DLNR's
Media note: news media are invited to go out with DLNR Na Ala Hele Maui staff to the opening of the new ‘Ohai trail in Kahakuloa, West Maui on Saturday, April 16, 2005.
Meet at the Kahului Forestry Baseyard (685 Old Haleakala Highway) at 7:30 a.m. We will meet hikers at the trailhead between the 41- and 42-mile marker of Kahekili Highway at Papanalahoa Point, between Kahakuloa Village and Nakalele Blowhole. ***Call 873-3509 the day before for reservations if you want a ride because space is limited.
KAHULUI — Dept. of Land and Natural Resources invites the public to its official opening of the ‘Ohai Loop Trail at its Earth Day Celebration on April 16, 2005.
"The 1/2 mile-long loop trail provides an opportunity for the public to enjoy the beauty of the West Maui Coastline, and enjoy fresh air exercise while exploring DLNR’s newest addition to its statewide Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program," said Young.
Interested hikers can meet the Na Ala Hele staff at 7:30 a.m. at the Kahului Forestry Baseyard, 685 Old Haleakala Highway, then caravan to the trail head
Or you can meet at 9 a.m. at the trail head, located at the 41 mile marker of the Kahekili Highway, at Papanalahoa Point between Kahakuloa Village and the Nakalele Blowhole.
The trail opening event includes a hike on the trail, and installation of new interpretive signs.
While on the trail hikers will have the chance to view the Hawaiian endangered plant ‘ohai, as well as the more common nehe, ‘ulei, ‘akoko, and ‘a‘ali‘i — and other wildlife, including native sea birds, turtles, and whales in winter.
Future improvements at the trailhead will include walkways, a lookout platform, a picnic table area, and parking. Interpretive signs at the trailhead and along the trail will give hikers information about viewpoint sights, cultural history, wildlife, and native plants of the area.
Na Ala Hele is seeking volunteers on an ongoing basis to help maintain the State's trail system. Call Mark at (808) 873-3509 for more information.