E Mau Nā Ala Hele is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in
1979, devoted to preserving and perpetuating the historic trails of Hawai‘i and the protection of
historic and natural areas adjacent to the trails. Membership is open to all and, while the
majority of members are Hawai‘i Island residents, we have members statewide as well as on
the continental United States.
During the 1980s, the founding members were instrumental in the creation of the State’s Nā
Ala Hele Trail and Access System that is now part of the State of Hawai‘i’s Department of Land
and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife. During the 1990s E Mau Nā Ala Hele
successfully worked toward federal designation of the Ala Kahakai as a National Historic Trail.
As from the beginning, the organization continues to see its role as an advocate for the
perpetuation of historic Hawaiian trails. We partner with both State and Federal agencies in
trail advocacy, preservation, and stewardship, providing volunteers and seeking funding for trail
We also conduct hikes and work days throughout the year, and partner with the Hawaii State
Forestry and Wildlife division at Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a for the development of upland trails. Each year
in June, we join the American Hiking Society and thousands of organizations across the nation
in celebration of National Trails Day.
Since 2004 the group has sponsored Lā Ho`āla Ala Hele (Trail Revitalization Day),
commemorating the Highways Act of 1892 through a series of island-wide hikes over historic
trails. This legislation, enacted by Hawai‘i’s last monarch Queen Lili‘uokalani, assured that
certain trails and roads would remain open to all, and is upheld under modern State law.
We are an alliance organization of the American Hiking Society, and also a member of the
Partnership for the National Trails System.
About E Mau Nā Ala Hele
"To preserve and protect the ancient and historic trails of Hawai'i
including their natural and cultural surroundings."
About E Mau
2012 Board Members
President: Frank Dickinson
Vice President: Toni Thomson
Treasurer: Clare Wilson
Secretary: Alison Martyn
Barbara Schaefer, Deborah Chang, Keith Wallis, Martha Tumbleson
E Mau Nā Ala Hele