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Trek the Trails: Activation for Hawai‘i Island Trails

The first Trek The Trails event was held in June on the Waimea Trails and Greenways, with over 200 people in attendance. This trail is known to many community members as “Ke Ala Kahawai o Waimea” (The Streamside Trail of Waimea) and has been run by volunteers and many community members since 1994. Community members have created an accessible, non-vehicular pathway between residences, businesses, and schools. Many students use these trails to commute to and from school because they are the safest option due to the limited accessible crosswalks and sidewalks.

The second Trek the Trails event was held in September at the Hilo Bayfront Trails with over 1,000 attendees, sharing alternative modes of transportation and active and safe routes to commute with the community. Mayor Mitch Roth hosted a “Peace Walk with the Mayor” on the Hilo Bayfront Trails, with 55 participating walkers. Participants could receive swag from different organizations while enjoying the walk along Hilo Bayfront Trails. At the Hilo Civic Auditorium, the main event included bike education, bike and helmet giveaways, and HIBIKE practice rides. 

The final Trek The Trails event was in Kailua-Kona at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center. Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) hosted a “Lei the Path to Health Walk” on Queens’ Lei Trail. PATH shared the history of Queens’ Lei Trail, which was named in honor of na wahine ali‘i, Queen Ka‘ahumanu, Queen Emma, and Queen Mother Ane Keohokalole. This trail was designed to be a shared-use pathway primarily for pedestrians and bicyclists.

We are truly blessed to have these beautiful trails on Hawai‘i Island to enjoy while taking in the beauty that surrounds these trails. To get involved or for more information, please get in touch with Kealoha Madriaga – West Hawai‘i Tobacco and HEAL Coalition Coordinator, at kealoha@hiphi.org.

Funded by a Transportation Alternative Grant to: activate and promote the three multi-use trails; provide Safe Routes to School bicycle education; connect vulnerable road users with free public multimodal transportation options (Hele on and HIBIKE Bikeshare), and educate all road users about safe walking, biking, and rolling on multi-use trails and Hawaiʻi State and County roads.

Kealoha Madriaga

Kealoha Madriaga

West Hawai‘i Tobacco and HEAL Coalition Coordinator
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