Malama Maha`ulepu
Preserve Kauai's Wilderness Heritage
Vision for Maha`ulepu

The Maha`ulepu-Pa`a Heritage Preserve on the south shore of Kaua`i encompasses 2900 acres including the entire ahupua`a of Maha`ulepu and about 200 acres of the ahupua`a of Pa`a. Maha`ulepu is one the few remaining, accessible, natural landscapes on Kaua`i - a sanctuary of beauty and peace.

People of all ages and backgrounds come from near and far to enjoy Maha`ulepu. Treasuring their experiences, they pass along their stories and lessons, ensuring a legacy of respect in future generations for land forms and legends, unique plants and animals, Native Hawaiian cultural activities, and traditional island-style relaxation and recreation.

A Place of Discovery
The 5 million-year history of the south shore's development and continuing evolution is recorded in the landscape of Maha`ulepu. An interpretive and research center near the Makauwahi sinkhole offers educational exhibits, materials, lectures and classes about the area's natural and cultural treasures. Interpretive walks and volunteer stewardship opportunities start at the center. Trail maps and resource guides are available here.

A Restored Watershed
On-going restoration projects at Maha'ulepu combine education and stewardship. Archaeological work continues at Waiopili heiau and in the valley. Waiopili Spring, Kapunakea Pond, and other areas of Maha'ulepu's wetland system are restored. Native plants thrive along the coastal area, and in the upland areas the reforestation efforts are closely coordinated with the recovery of nearly extinct bird species. An historic ditch system supports diversified agricultural farms.

Collaborative Caretaking
Having become a heritage park through the collaborative partnering of private and public interests, government agencies and educational institutions, Maha`ulepu is managed in the same cooperative and innovative manner.

A management council is comprised of scientific and cultural experts including:

Biologists
Paleoecologists
Archaeologists
Geologists
The Kaua`i Burial Council
Alaka’i or teaching guides
Local representatives with a vested interest join them, including: fishermen, divers, sailboarders, surfers, hikers, hunters, farmers and ranchers.
Along with the management council, the overall konohiki or manager is charged with realizing the Maha’ulepu vision of:

preserving the experience of wilderness and discovery
conserving the resources
ensuring appropriate, safe, shared use
The council plans, reviews budgets and oversees uses.
Environmentally Compatible Amenities
New facilities and infrastructure at Maha`ulepu exemplify sound environmental technology. They, along with all signs and other amenities, are minimal and unobtrusive. Maha`ulepu is a largely non-motorized place to visit. Parking occurs in centralized areas, and walking is the main way that people enjoy Maha`ulepu. Well - maintained access roads, bike and walking paths remain unpaved.

A Model
Maha`ulepu is a recognized model for other natural and cultural preservation parks. While adding immeasurably to the visitor experience, it remains a place where residents connect to their past, play and renew their spirits. Maha`ulepu endures as an undeveloped ahupua’a with compatible educational, agricultural, cultural and recreational uses.

How To Help
Be a Supporter
Contribute to our effort to preserve this spectacular coast.
Sign Letter of Support
Tell officials that undeveloped natural areas are important to you.
Tell a Friend
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Malama Events - Participate!

Join us at Maha`ulepu for stewardship, bio survey and education events.