Hahai no ka ua i ka ulula‘au.
“The rain follows after the forest.”
Destroy the forest, the rains will cease to fall, and the land will become a desert.
Source: ‘Olelo No‘eau by Mary Kawena Pukui.
The Alaka‘i Swamp in Koke‘e is home to many indigenous and endemic fauna and flora. The boardwalk was a solution to make the swamp accessible without leaving much of a footprint.