Maka'eo Walking & Jogging Path
Maka'eo Walking Path consists of 17 acres of state land with beautiful gardens, public lawns, a small fitness pavilion, and undeveloped areas with great potential. Friends For Fitness is planning to transform a large portion of the small loop interior space to host a variety of free-to-use fitness workout stations and a Creative Arts Garden flowing through a palette of colorful plant gardens.
With your kokua, together we can provide additional access to full-body outdoor fitness for our Big Island community. The Maka'eo Walking Path will provide exercises for the mind, body, and spirit.
A Place of Remembrance & Appreciation
Donate a Brick in memory or Dedication.
We will be developing a Dedication Garden at Maka'eo Walking & Jogging Path. The Dedication Garden will be a relaxing place to reflect, honor, and remember those we have loved, lost, and appreciated. This garden will surround the large Flame Tree next to the Small Lawn across from the path's main entrance. Starting in 2023, we will be accepting orders and donations for Dedication Bricks in memory of a loved one or in appreciation of someone or an organization that has helped develop Maka'eo Walking & Jogging Path.
Example brick below. Please check back for more info soon!
Mahalo to all
who have graciously
donated their time
and effort at
Maka'eo Fitness Trail
What is a Fitness Trail?
A fitness trail is comprised of a path or trail with outdoor exercise obstacles and/or equipment stations where a path user can perform specific exercises. Trails like these can be natural, man-made, or a combination of the two.
The purpose of a fitness trail is to provide an active exercise area so people can improve components of fitness such as balance, coordination, and strength. Fitness Trails can be built suitable for all levels of fitness clients, including adults and children. Each fitness station has a placard providing basic and simple instructions on how to perform the specific exercise. The stations can focus specifically on the upper extremities, lower extremities, core, or total-body workouts.
If you are interested in using a fitness trail as a work out/ exercise routine, please fill out the Fitness Trail Survey to support the proposal of a fitness trail at Maka’eo! Mahalo for your kokua & support!
Benefits Of A Fitness Trail
A fitness trail, also known as a parcourse, is a fun and easy way to get active and stay fit. A parcourse focuses mostly on calisthenics and isometric exercises.
A Fitness Trail:
Improves cardiovascular health
Increases muscular endurance, speed, and power.
Increases flexibility and range of motion.
Is free to use
Is available to everyone
Promotes friendships and social lifestyles
Provides an outdoor space for local organizations to train
Can help deter unfavorable park use
Provides a full-body workout at the Maka'eo Walking & Jogging Path
Examples of Calisthenics
Calisthenics are a form of exercise consisting of a variety of exercises, often rhythmical, movements, generally without using equipment or apparatus. Calisthenics is intended to increase body strength and flexibility using only one’s body weight for resistance. Calisthenics when performed vigorously and with variety can benefit both muscular and cardiovascular fitness, in addition to improving psycho-motor skills such as balance, agility, and coordination.
Isometrics is a type of strength training in which the joint angle and muscle length do not change during contraction. Isometrics are done in static positions, rather than being dynamic through a range of motion.
Estimate / Budget
The Fitness Trail will be constructed in part with County of Hawaii Parks and Recreation. There are multiple opportunities to contribute to this community development project.
Donate a Fitness Station
Monetary donations are used to purchase the fitness exercise stations that will be installed around the small loop path at Maka'eo.
Donate a Fitness Station ($500-$4000)
To purchase/donate an entire Fitness Station, please contact us directly to learn more.
Make a donation to support the overall purchase of all Fitness Stations.
Your donation helps us achieve this community goal sooner!
To donate, use the button below and please select the "Fitness Stations" category.
The exercise fitness stations require concrete pads and other structural components. If you're a local construction company or would like to help fulfill this need, please contact us to find out more.
General Public, if your are interested in donating to the purchase of materials, use the button below to make a donation. Please select the "Material Donation" category. Mahalo for your support!
Creative Arts Garden
Creative Arts Garden
The Maka'eo Creative Arts Garden will feature a Native Plant Garden planted in memory and honor of Kai'Olu Tobey Crowe who had a deep understanding and commitment to Aloha ʻĀina, was musically gifted, had a love for art, and was passionate about reading. Mahalo nui loa to the Crowe 'Ohana and friends for making this space special for the Big Island community.
Stand alone easel benches will provide area for artists to create outdoors. Sculptures and artwork designed and produced by local Big Island artists will be found throughout the Creative Arts Garden.
Creativity is directly related to brain activity and has many positive benefits relating to our overall health. There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence that proves art enhances brain function. It has an impact on brain wave patterns and emotions, the nervous system, and can actually raise serotonin levels. Art can change a person’s outlook and the way they experience the world.
A health benefit of art is that it encourages creative thinking and imagination in kids and adults. It also enhances problem-solving skills. Because there is no wrong answer in art, people are encouraged to imagine their own solution, and are more daring with new ways of thinking. This type of flexible thinking stimulates your brain and prepares it for complicated functions in the same ways that learning a new language does.
Benefits of A Creative Arts Garden
Relieves stress and depression
Increases and renews brain function
Can help prevent and ease Dementia & Alzheimer’s by increasing cognition
Cultivates a social lifestyle
Encourages creative thinking
Sparks the imagination
Enhances problem solving skills
Creates a mental flow of focus
Provides a sense of accomplishment
Uses hand and mind coordination
Examples of Creative Arts
Writing Poetry, Music, Literature
Interpreting music or art work