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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.

Creative Arts Garden

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Creative Arts Garden

2023/2024 Project

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

  • Improves mood

  • 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





Viewing Art

Interpreting music or art work



Film Making



Maka'eo Fitness Trail

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What is a Fitness Trail?

2024/2025 Project

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

  • Improves cognition

  • Is Eco-friendly

  • 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

Bench Dips

Incline Push-Ups

Chest Dips

Standard Push-Ups

Chest Dips


Leg Raises

Balance Beam


Wall Sits


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.

(Approx.  $30,000)

Your donation helps us achieve this community goal sooner!​


To donate, use the button below and please select the "Fitness Stations" category.

Material Donation

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!

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