Nearly a half-million visitors each year come to this park on Hawai'i Island to attend demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian arts and crafts, hike a historic trail to important archeological sites associated with the highest ciefs and priests, or just soak up the atmosphere of this sacred place.
In May 2012, The Trust for Public Land helped protect 64 acres of coastal wetlands at Ka`ehu Bay, which includes numerous Hawaiian cultural sites including habitation structures, agricultural terraces, former fishponds, and shrines.
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge has long been considered the best viewing site for Hawai`i's diverse seabird species. In 1988, TPL helped preserve this critical habitat by 139 acres and transferring the land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Overlooking the world-class surf breaks at the Pipeline ('Ehukai) and Sunset Beach rises a 1,129-acre coastal bluff known as Pupukea-Paumalu. In the 1990s, a community of more than 350 homes was approved for the bluff.
Generations of local children have learned to fish and swim in the tidepools of Honu'apo, on the southern point of Hawa`i's Big Island. The bay is also used for community gatherings and by local fishermen who use traditional native Hawaiian throw-nets.
Generations of residents of the Maui community of Hana have used gently
sloping Mu`olea Point to reach the ocean for fishing and swimming.
Dotted with ancient heiau (worship sites), the point is the setting for