E Mau Nā Ala Hele
P.O. Box 6384
Kamuela, HI 96743-6384
February 15th 2015
The E Mau Nā Ala Hele annual meeting was held on Sunday, 15 February 2015 at Kapaʻa Park in North Kohala. While whales splashed just off shore, we reviewed the past year, elected officers for the next year and made plans to celebrate National Trails Day on Sunday, 7 June 2015.
The short business meeting was followed by an informative and inspiring talk by Toni Withington. Active in the Citizens to Protect the Kohala Coastline and the North Kohala Community Access Group, Toni is a core member in the efforts to protect the Kohala shoreline from development, as well as preserve costal access and the abundant cultural and historic treasures. The North Kohala coastline has the greatest number of intact pre-contact historical and cultural sites anywhere in the state. She reviewed for us more than forty years of efforts of conserving the shoreline and public access along the Kohala Coast. The community cooperation among a number of North Kohala groups is something we all can strive to emulate as our preservation and protection work goes forward in other areas around the island.
After Toni’s talk we adjourned for lunch and a hike in the Kaiholena area a little south on the coast. Mahalo nui loa to Toni for sharing her knowledge and inspiration. Mahalo also to outgoing President Keith Wallis, and to those members who have agreed to lead us through the next year and into the future
Following are the original announcements for these events. Reports on the events coming soon!
Sunday, May 24th, 9:00 A.M.
Board of Directors' Meeting, Trail Maintenance & Hike
Kalōpā State Park, Hāmākua
The E Mau Board of Directors will hold their quarterly meeting on 24 May 2015 beginning at 9am at Kalōpā State Park. After a short Board meeting we will do some trail maintenance and hiking at the Park. All members are invited and urged to attend. Join us for a productive, cool day in this wonderful rainforest environment! Come prepared for rain or shine. Bring a brown bag trail lunch, water, gloves, closed-toe shoes. Contact Linda Gallano (775-7494, email@example.com) for further details.
Sunday, June 7th, 8:00 A.M.
National Trails Day Celebration
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kohala Coast
E Mau Nā Ala Hele, the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail staff, the Hawaii State Nā Ala Hele Trails and Access System, the Ala Kahakai Trail Association, and the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will celebrate National Trails Day on Sunday, June 7th. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is also celebrating their 50th anniversary throughout the year with 50 Acts of Aloha including hosting and participating in this trail maintenance and celebration. We will walk the National Historic Trail between Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel doing maintenance on the trail as needed. We will walk and work through the morning, have a potluck lunch, and talk story of the history of the area after lunch. Bring gloves, small trimming tools if you have them, hats, sun protection, water bottle, closed-toe footwear, and a dish to pass for lunch. The event is free and open to the public, but limited to 30 participants. RSVPs are required. Follow directions for access and parking from Mauna Kea Resort security gate. Registration is at 8:00am. As parking is limited, car pooling is a must.
Sunday, August 23rd, 9:00 A.M.
Puʻu Waʻawaʻa workday and quarterly E Mau Board meeting.
Join E Mau Nā Ala Hele for a special volunteer day of outplanting native plants at Puʻu Waʻawaʻa. We'll meet at 9am at the trail kiosk just inside the ranch gate between the 21 & 22 mile markers of the Mamalahoa Highway between Waimea and Kailua-Kona. After a quick kiosk clean-up we will proceed to the planting location where we'll spend the morning helping with the reforestation effort. After lunch we will hold a brief quarterly E Mau Board meeting and enjoy the peace and views of this special place. The event is open to all interested. Participants should bring gloves, water, a trail lunch, wear closed toe shoes and come prepared for rain or shine. For further details contact Barbara at BASchaeferPhoto@gmail.com or (808) 640-9270.
All members are invited to attend the Board of Directors Meetings. Time and place to be determined.
17 October 2015 “La Ho‘āla Ala Hele”
(“Trail Revitalization” Day)
Commemorating the Law of the Splintered Paddle, The Highways Act of
1892, Nā Ala Hele (the statewide trail and access program), the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail Act, and the right to use public trails.
Every year since 2004 when the Hawaii County Council passed Resolution 161-04, A
Resolution Acknowledging and Recognizing the Second Saturday of October as “La Ho‘āla Ala
Hele” Day (“Trail Revitalization” Day), E Mau Nā Ala Hele has celebrated the day in some
manner. To avoid conflict with the Ironman race on the second weekend, we will celebrate on
the third Saturday of the month again this year.
Four years ago, on October 15th, 2011, we journeyed to Kalōpā State Recreation Area in the Hāmākua District to do some weeding along the Nature Trail Loop. While the day started with a bit of rain, that soon changed, and an intrepid group of volunteers cleared many, many invasive weeds from the trail. With the abundant rains this year, the Nature Trail is again in need of some loving attention so we have picked this commemorative day to give a hand to “reawaken” or “revitalize” this little gem. All members and guests are invited to join us!
When: Meet at the park pavilion at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 17.
Where: Kalōpā State Recreation Area, 2000 feet elevation at the end of
Kalōpā Road, three miles inland from Māmalahoa Highway (Highway
19); five miles southeast of Honoka‘a.
Bring: Gloves, small hand tools such as loppers and clippers, covered shoes, drinking water, trail lunch, rain gear just in case.
Questions: (esp. weather on day of the event) Barbara 640-9270 (BASchaeferPhoto@gmail.com) or Linda 775-7494
22 November 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
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E Mau Nā Ala Hele
P.O. Box 6384
Kamuela, HI 96743-6384