DLNR launches redesigned trails website
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources recently launched a redesigned trails website to provide fast and convenient information about more than 100 state-operated trails.
The new website features details and photographs from 118 state trails in the Na Ala Hele Trail and Access Program, 18 of which are on the Big Island.
In addition, each trail entry lists amenities, activities, hiking difficulty level and potential hazards at each site — the entry for the Onomea and Donkey trails, for example, warns of strong currents and advises visitors to bring mosquito repellent.
“Our intent is to provide a central resource for the tens of thousands of visitors and kama‘aina who enjoy all that our trails have to offer,” said DLNR Chairwoman Suzanne Case in a statement.
The website also posts announcements and notices of ongoing and future trail closures.
The redesigned website will help users distinguish between official, state-maintained trails and unsanctioned and potentially dangerous “social trails.”
“The trails in the Na Ala Hele system are maintained, marked with signage, and while we encourage all hikers to use common sense and good judgment always, the state trails provide a safer experience than many of the non-state trails that have often been touted by non-official websites,” Case said.
The website is mobile-friendly and can be visited at hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails.