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Nā Pali-Kona Forest Reserve/Alaka'i Wilderness Preserve

Area

Description

Nā Pali-Kona Forest Reserve is located in the central to northwest areas of the island of Kaua‘i, in the Districts of Waimea and Hanalei. The Reserve was established by Governor’s Proclamation on June 12, 1907; with the primary objective of forest protection; the area was perceived to have few other uses and the accompanying protection of the water supply to adjacent agricultural lands was viewed as having “tremendous value.” Nā Pali and Kona are the names of the two ancient districts or moku‘āina in which the Forest Reserve land lies. Nā Pali-Kona Forest Reserve consists of approximately 23,019 acres.

Alaka'i Wilderness Preserve was administratively designated in 1981 and is an extension of Nā Pali-Kona Forest Reserve. As a wilderness preserve, the main objective of this area is to protect and preserve natural processes. Within this area is Alaka'i Swamp and Alaka'i Swamp Trail. Hiking and hunting is allowed on Alaka'i Swamp Trail.