Inventory and Monitoring Demonstration GIS for the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail Stewardship Program

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Karen K. Kemp, Ph.D.

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Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.


The newly established Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail (NHT) is a culturally significant National Park located on the Big Island of Hawaii. The National Park Service, Hawaii will develop a Trail Stewardship Program, utilizing several community groups to collect a baseline inventory of cultural and environmental features located along the trail. Once a baseline inventory is established, the Trail Stewards will monitor the vital signs and the impact of visitor use on the trail. The West Hawaii Explorations Academy (WHEA) will be the first community group to participate in the program. WHEA is a project-based learning high school located along the trail corridor. Students at WHEA have been collecting ecological data for school projects for the past several years. Because of the location of the school and the nature of the data, WHEA’s projects can be directly incorporated into the Trail Stewardship Program. This project will provide an Inventory and Monitoring Geographic Information System that will facilitate field data collection and data management for WHEA as well as contributing to the establishment of a baseline inventory of vital signs. The Ala Kahakai Inventory and Monitoring GIS project will provide a geodatabase designed to inventory existing vital signs, customized ArcPad applications for field data capture and sample analysis for the monitoring of vital signs.

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