The Ala Kahakai trail was designated for the preservation and protection of the Native Hawaiian culture and natural resources. It is made up of a structure of trails and follows a coastline path stretching more than 175 miles from Upolu Point on the northern point of the Big Island, west along the Kona coast and around South Point at Ka Lae to the eastern boundary of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The trail itself can be accessed through sections within the four National Parks including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and Pu’ukohola National Historic Site.
The trail passes through hundreds of important historical sites in Hawaiian culture such as temples, housing settlements, fishponds and petroglyph fields. The section of the trail that is open to the public is located between Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and Anaeho’omalu Bay.