HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Pololu Valley is a historic area in North Kohala on the Big Island with the lookout, trail and coastal shoreline as popular attractions.
With the recent influx of visitors to the area, the Hawaii Tourism Authority is funding a program that aims to mitigate impacts to natural and cultural resources.
The Pololu Trail Steward Program is a pilot project in collaboration with KUPU, Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program and the linear descendant community of Pololu, Makanikahio and neighboring Ahupuaa. The program would enlist local stewards to help interpret the natural and cultural history of the area, as well as to mitigate unwanted behavior.
Partners in this project hope this can serve as a model of working together to manage the impact of tourism on state resources and help steer visitors toward responsible actions.
Through KUPU, the Na Ala Hele Access and Trails Program will hire four part-time stewards. From August 2021 to January 31, 2022, stewards will assist with visitor management, safety and trail maintenance. They will also share their knowledge of the Pololu region with visitors.