DLNR, Maui Land & Pineapple Company To Celebrate National Trails Day on June 7 With Hike at Mahana Ridge

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KAHULUI, MAUI – In observance of National Trails Day, Na Ala Hele, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s trails and access program, will sponsor a hike to celebrate this important day and to thank the many volunteers who have helped construct and maintain the trails within the state’s Na Ala Hele (NAH) trails system.

On Saturday, June 7, 2008, Na Ala Hele will partner with Maui Land and Pineapple Co, Inc. to offer a guided hike on Mahana Ridge in Kapalua Resort. Registration is required and limited to the first 60 participants.

This hike, rated at an intermediate level of difficulty, will be approximately 2.5 miles long, starting at 1,200 feet above sea level and finishing up at 320 feet above sea level. Participants need to wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen.

National Trails Day was created to promote public awareness of and appreciation for America’s trails and the people who build and maintain them, to promote health benefits of trail walking, encourage partnerships between land managers, and encourage cooperative efforts among various trail users.

“By partnering with private land owners, we are able to accomplish much more than we could on our own. Maui Land and Pineapple Company is a leader in the area of public access and we are proud to work with them on several different ventures,” said Laura Thielen, DLNR director.

To register to attend the June 7 event, contact Torrie Nohara at (808) 873-3508.

Information about the state’s island-wide hiking trail network and important safe hiking tips can be found online at www.hawaiitrails.org