June 3, 2015 is National Trails Day. According to the National Park Service, which administers the trails, they are defined as “… the network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. These trails provide for outdoor recreation needs, promote the enjoyment, appreciation and preservation of open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources, and encourage public access and citizen involvement.”
There is only one official National Trail in Hawaii, and that is the Ala Kahakai on the Big Island of Hawaii, known also, among other names, as The King’s Trail.
But National Trails Day isn’t just about National Trails, rather, it broadly encourages enjoying the out of doors with walking trails and outdoor activities. I list below a good trail guide for Kauai.
Where to Hike, Snorkel, Bike, Paddle, Surf
By Jerry and Janine Sprout
Adult Hawaiian and Pacific Collection H 919.6941 Sp
The Sprouts’s Trailblazer Series for Hawaii are guides for families and outdoor adventurers to the rich diversity of public access trails and adventures in the islands.
Periodically updated, they are easy to follow and describe hikes, strolls and mostly non-commercial adventures of all kinds (119 for Kauai): beaches, snorkeling pools, mountain bike rides, kayaking bays and lagoons, rivers, and streams, and surfing spots.
They include sections for kids and families. The mostly black and white guides are illustrated with maps and photographs.
Carolyn Larson is branch manager of the Lihue Public Library.