On February 21st, representatives from the National Park Service, the State of Hawai‘i, and Hawai‘i County joined together to sign a memorandum of understanding for the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. The MOU focused on establishing the trail and setting forth the roles and responsibilities of each partner agency in protecting and preserving the 175-mile trail corridor.
Hawai'i County Deputy Managing Director Wally Lau, Pacific West Region Deputy Regional Director Patty Neubacher, Ala Kahakai NHT Superintendent Aric Arakaki, State of Hawai`i Lieutenant Governor James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr., and State of Hawai`i Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairperson Laura Thielen (photo, left to right) congregated together at the table to sign the document in front of a crowd of about 120 community members, park partners, and staff.
The primary focus of the agreement will be the implementation of the comprehensive management plan for the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, which was designated by Congress in 2000. The plan, released in May 2009, establishes management guidelines needed to fulfill the preservation and public use goals that were the result of community input gathered at island-wide meetings.