Parks for People Hawai‘i

What We’re Doing
Creating and revitalizing urban parks with communities in Hawai‘i to improve health and quality of life.

Our Goal
Create a foundation of urban community park success that can be replicated across the state.

Parks for People Hawai‘i by the Numbers
people live within a 10-minute walk of ‘A‘ala Park
A Safe and Welcoming Space
A skateboarder doing a trick in a skate park.
An aerial view of a park in a city.
Parks for People Hawai‘i Pilot
‘A‘ala Park in Kona District of O‘ahu

Trust for Public Land is launching our Parks for People program in Hawaiʻi! In our initial pilot project at ʻAʻala Park, TPL will work with the surrounding area, employing our collaborative grassroots community-based participatory design process where residents, park users, and businesses create a shared vision for the future of ʻAʻala Park, honoring its rich history and diversity.

ʻAʻala Park is a 6.69-acre city-owned park in the heart of an exceptionally dense and underserved community. This urban ʻāina (land) is located in the Kapālama Ahupuaʻa (traditional Hawaiian land division) of the Kona District of Oʻahu, part of a historical breadbasket in present-day ʻIwilei, Honolulu Harbor, Sand Island, and Pearl Harbor.

The area was once famed for a complex of Hawaiian fishponds and wetlands. The park was built in the early 1900s and thrived as a political rallying place, a site for ethnic festivals and community sports leagues, and was a bustling hub of activity next to the city’s main train station located across the street for generations. But historical and social challenges continue to shape the negative activity associated with the park today.

ʻAʻala Park is an incredible opportunity to serve our ʻāina by utilizing Trust for Public Land’s community-driven Parks for People strategy to improve health outcomes, foster neighborhood ownership, promote collaboration, and enhance quality of life.

Get in Touch with Our Hawai‘i Team
Honolulu Office

1164 Bishop Street
Suite 1512
Honolulu, HI, 96813

Associate Vice President, Hawai‘i State Director

(808) 470-2141