KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Officials have dedicated the first mile of a trail intended to eventually connect all of North Kona.
West Hawaii Today reports the Queen's Lei project has been in the works for a decade with the goal of creating a 16.75 mile trail.
The nonprofit group Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii celebrated the trail opening Saturday with the county, local groups and community members.
Ironman World Championship Events contributed $35,000 of the $50,000 price tag to complete the trail's first mile.
Vice President Diana Bertsch says the community needs a safe place to walk, ride and run.
Trail group executive director Tina Clothier says she's confident another leg of the path will be added before next year.
She said the rest of the trail could be finished within a decade.