STATE PARKS BEGINS REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS TO THE MAKAPU'U LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL
Expect Closures for 25 Days During Construction
HONOLULU, January 23, 2015 – Beginning in February and continuing through July, the popular Makapu’u Trail in the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline will be closed on 25 different days. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of State Parks will begin repairs and improvements to the trail on February 2, 2015. The project is expected to last 6 months and closures will occur during February, March and July. These closures and construction will occur on weekdays only. The parking lot and trail will be open during regular park hours on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays; 7:00am to 6:45pm and until 7:45pm after April 1).
The park closures are necessary when construction is blocking the trail and during the paving. An effort is being made to keep the park open and make one side of the trail accessible during the other phases of construction work. However, hikers may experience some intermittent delays up to 15 minutes as machinery is moving on the road. Everyone needs to use caution on the trail during this work – stay on the designated trail and out of construction areas, watch for metal plates on the trail, and avoid lookouts that will be closed while they are being renovated.
The project will not affect the Makapu‘u Lookout along Kalaniana‘ole Highway. The Kaiwi shoreline will remain open during the project but during the park closures, people must enter from the Sandy Beach end of the park as the parking lot for the Makapu‘u Trail will be closed.
The tentative schedule for park closures is:
- Monday, February 9 through Friday, February 13
- Tuesday, February 17 through Friday, February 20
- Monday, February 23 through Friday February 27
- UPDATED: Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 6
The tentative closure days in July are July 20-24 and July 27-28. The closure days in July will be confirmed in early July when the construction schedule is evaluated.
The improvements were designed by Mitsunaga and Associates, Inc. The repairs and construction work is being done by Haron Construction, Inc. at an estimated cost of $2.7 million.
ACCESS TO CASTLE BEACH AT MALAEKAHANA STATE RECREATION AREA REOPENS
HONOLULU, Dec. 5, 2014-- The Division of State Parks will reopen the Castle Beach area of the Malaekahana State Recreation Area tomorrow morning.
This park area has been closed since Friday, November 21, 2014, due to tree hazard concerns in the park. State Parks has implemented tree hazard removal and mitigation.
The remaining portion of the Kahuku section of the park will remain closed while State Parks continues to address tree hazards and implement necessary improvements.
WAIMEA CANYON LOOKOUT, KAUAI TO BE IMPACTED BY NEW WATER TANK INSTALLATION
Work to take place between December 15-December 30, 2015
LIHUE, Dec. 12, 2014 — The Division of State Parks will install a new water tank to service the comfort stations at the Waimea Canyon lookout within Waimea Canyon State Park, Kaua'i. The following is the proposed construction schedule:
· December 15 – 19: site preparation including vegetation clearing and grubbing and construction of water tank foundation.
· December 29: transporting, installing and connecting a 12,000 gallon water tank.
· December 30: demolishing and removing the existing water tank.
Visitors should be aware of potential construction activities and noise during this period, and minimal traffic slow-downs and temporary closure of the comfort stations during the connection on December 29.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause as we work to improve the park.
LAVA TREE STATE MONUMENT NOW FULLY REOPENED
Damage from Tropical Storm Iselle has been addressed, public welcomed back into all park areas
HILO, UPDATE February 27, 2015 — The Division of State Parks has reopened all areas of Lava Tree State Monument.
The park had been completely closed, then partially reopened, due to numerous albizia trees blown down during Tropical Storm Iselle in August of 2014 which park crews have now removed.
KOKE'E & WAIMEA CANYON STATE PARK MASTER PLAN APPROVED
LIHUE – The State Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the Kokee State Park Master Plan at its meeting on Oct. 24, 2013. The result of a highly collaborative process with the Kaua'i community, the master plan will help guide management decisions and actions at the park.
The Master Plan is available for download here.
The Final EIS is available for download here.
To view a video of a conversation with Chipper Wichman, of the Kokee State Park Advisory Council. detailing the hard work over more than a decade to produce a document that will help preserve and protect Kokee and Waimea Canyon State Parks in perpetuity, go to the following link (copy and paste into your browser):
SERIOUS NATURAL RESOURCE DAMAGE LEADS TO CHANGES AT KA'ENA POINT
Off-Road Use Prompts Permit System
UPDATE 12/17: New gate will be locked at 4:30 pm, Thursday, December 18, 2014. Vehicle access beyond the gate is restricted to valid permit holders only.
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HONOLULU – Following close collaboration with a community advisory group and a voluntary compliance trial, the Division of State Parks is implementing a vehicle access permit system for the heavily used roads at Ka'ena Point State Park Reserve, Mokule'ia section.
In 2011 the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) approved an action plan that allowed DLNR and its divisions to implement a permit system at Ka'ena Point. Initially, DLNR elected to test voluntary compliance, installing signs designating the upper road and delineating shoreline access roads in the state park. DLNR also conducted numerous outreach activities to inform users of the designations.
Unfortunately off-road vehicle use has continued and is negatively impacting the park’s natural resources.
Beginning Dec. 1, 2014 anyone wanting to drive a vehicle into the Mokule'ia section (beyond the paved parking lot) of Ka'ena Point State Park Reserve will need to obtain a free permit. This does not apply to users who hike or bike on the dirt road behind the locked gate. Users who get a permit will be provided with the combination to the lock.
The Kaena Point Gate combination will change each Wednesday between 6am and 9am.
DLNR is hosting three informational meetings this month to explain the new process and to issue permits to drivers who meet all of the requirements. After these meetings people can apply for permits at the state parks office during normal working hours. Permits may take up to five working days to be issued.
“This permitting system is a management tool that will assist us in enforcing the rules,” said State Parks Administrator Dan Quinn. “If someone conducts illegal activities while in the area their permit may be revoked and additional penalties could be assessed.”
Officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) will be able to easily tell if someone has a valid permit, as they will be prominently displayed on vehicle bumpers. Permits are valid 24-hours a day, unless DLNR deems the area to be unsafe or declares an emergency condition.
This system will increase accountability for behavior at Ka?ena Point and will make rules of where to drive cleare