Monday, May 14, 2012

"Mountain Safety Awareness" at Lyon Arboretum

 Saturday, June 2nd

12 P.M.- 3 P.M.


Speakers ~ Workshops~ Guided Hikes~ Fun Activities ~ Free Stuff


See the event's full and updated agenda below

National Trails Day® is a nationwide day of public events aimed at raising public awareness and appreciation for America's trails and the volunteers who maintain them. Organized by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day creates partnerships between local trail clubs, government agencies and outdoor retailers that host a variety of trail-related events. Since its inception in 1993, National Trails Day has grown to include more than 3,000 events and one million participants.

The Oahu Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program will be hosting an event with the local theme of “Mountain Safety Awareness.”  In keeping our program’s goals of promoting a safe hiking experience and protecting the natural resources, we are offering the public the opportunity to participate in the day’s activities listed below.

Activity: Sierra Club Service Trip, Manoa Falls Trail Improvement Project.
Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Manoa Falls Trail
Description: Volunteers will help to improve one of Oahu's busiest trails and make it a showcase for hiking in Hawaii. Tasks include trail graveling and widening, soil top dressing, removal of old boardwalk and rock work. Work can be extremely strenuous and you will get dirty! All tools and gloves will be provided.
Volunteers must RSVP to the Sierra Club in order to join this trip.

Setup: 10:30 am – 11:30am
Open to public: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Soultrex – camping food demo
Na Ala Hele – coloring contest, hiking safety information
HTMC – Hands-on knot-tying activities. Information on upcoming hikes and trail maintenance opportunities.

Native Plant Booth DLNR
High School Hikers – John Cummings
Search and Rescue Apparatus Honolulu Fire Dept., 1-3pm

Interpretive Hikes
Starting times: 12 pm. 1 pm, 2 pm
Location: Meet at the native plant booth 

Join John Hall, author of A Hikers' Guide to Trailside Plants in Hawaii, on an intriguing hike through Lyon’s Hawaiian gardens to learn the legends and traditional uses of Hawaiian plants.

Book Signing w/ Stuart Ball
(Author of The Hiker's Guide to Oahu)

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Lyon Arboretum Bookstore

Stuart Ball will be there to sign his NEW book, Native Paths to Volunteer Trails: Hiking and Trail Building on O'ahu, just released from University of Hawai'i Press. Catch him from 1-3 pm in the Lyon Arboretum shop!

Mountain Safety Awareness Workshops:

Time: 12:00 pm -3:00 pm:
Location: Lyon Arboretum Visitor Center
Tentative Workshop Schedule:
11:45-12:00 pm: Welcome Blessing
12:00-12:20 pm: “The State of Oahu’s Trails”-Aaron Lowe, Trails Specialist, NAH
12:20-12:40 pm: “An Unexpected Night on the Trail”-Nate Yuen
12:40-1:00 pm: “Pack Right” - Soultrex
1:00-1:10 pm: BREAK – Book signing, Stuart Ball
1:10-1:50 pm: “Wilderness Survival and 1st Aid”John Kobayashi, Hunter’s Ed
1:50-2:20 pm: Search and RescueCaptain Seelig, HFD
2:20-2:40 pm: “The Future of Oahu’s Trails: Manoa Falls Improvement Project,”Chelsea Arnott, NAH
Q & A

We expect a turnout of around 200 people for this event, along with the attendance of various hiking groups and vendors. For more information or questions about this event please contact:

Chelsea L. Arnott
Outreach and Volunteer Assistant  
Na Ala Hele Trails & Access Program
Phone: (808) 973-9782 Fax: (808) 973-9781
Cell: (808)291-6697   E-mail:
Web Page:
Link to Oahu's NTD2012 Facebook Event page
Link to Oahu Na Ala Hele's Event Page on American Hiking Society Website

National Trails Day is the largest trail celebration in the country. That’s why this year’s theme is National Trails Day® …America’s Largest Trailgating Party!
Link to more info and NTD events happening around the U.S.