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Public-private partnership to restore historic Hawaii trail

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:04 a.m. HST, Jun 19, 2013

KAULUA-KONA » The National Park Service with the help of state and local partners will spend the summer restoring a historic Hawaii path.

West Hawaii Today reported that work will begin in about two weeks on Kiholo-Puako Trail, known as the "King's Trail."

The western Big Island trail is part of the 175-mile Ala Kahakai, or "trail by the sea." The trail linked communities, temples and fishing areas.

A 2006 earthquake damaged masonry causeways on the trail. Curbing along the side collapsed and made the trail vulnerable to erosion.

The project is in the Ala Kahakai National Historical Trail corridor within the Kiholo State Park Reserve. The park service will use $195,000 in cultural resource funds for the project.

Rick Gmirkin, an archaeologist for the trail, said the trail will honor and mimic its original style once work on it is completed.

Kuulei Keakealani, who is from the area near the trail, led a special ceremony to bless the start of the project. She said it's important that people return to the trails.

"By walking these trails, our footsteps will be felt, our voices heard," she said.

The work will be done by park service employees and volunteer stone masons.

Walter Wong, who is leading the crew, said traditional Hawaiian techniques, including setting and interlocking stones without using mortar, will be used.

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Maili2 wrote:
When family visits me, they always ask about the trails, it seems like visitors really like to explore and it will be nice to offer more options. Keep Hawaii beautiful, so glad our energies going into preserving more nature
on June 19,2013 | 05:47AM
allie wrote:
makes good sense
on June 19,2013 | 06:23AM
SteveToo wrote:
After that how about working on the Kumaipo Trail another ancient Hawaiian trail connecting Makaha and Wai`anae Valleys. Both mauka valleys are on public owned land.
on June 19,2013 | 08:04AM
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