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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 TO PARTIALLY REOPEN MONDAY


Damage from Tropical Storm Iselle still being addressed, prevents full opening


HILO, Dec. 5, 2014  — The Division of State Parks will reopen portions of Lava Tree State Monument on a limited basis beginning Monday December 8, 2014. 


The public will be able to visit most of the viewable lava tree molds, the main pavilion and the informational kiosk. The parking lot, comfort station and front portion of the loop trail will also be available for public use.   


The park has been closed due to numerous albizia trees blown down during Tropical Storm Iselle in August this year, which park crews have been working to address. 


The back portion of the park will remain closed until further notice.   We ask that the public respect the closed areas as dangerous conditions may be encountered in those areas.


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):

https://vimeo.com/110818349


MOST STATE PARKS REOPENED IN WAKE OF HURRICANE ANA

HONOLULU, UPDATE Oct. 21, 2014-- Hurricane Ana has passed the Hawaiian Islands with few serious impactsAll Islands received heavy rainfall but dodged the full force of Ana's powerful winds.

-ALL STATE PARKS ARE OPEN AS OF TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21 WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS:

-HAWAII ISLAND: Lava Tree State Monument and MacKenzie State Park remain closed due to damage sustained during Hurricane Iselle.

-MAUI:  Polipoli State Recreation Area remains closed due to damage sustained during Hurricane Iselle.

-Our online reservation system has been reactivated.

-Due to park closures during the storm (October 17-20), refunds or date changes will be provided to affected permitees.

-PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR FURTHER UPDATES.


SAND ISLAND SRA CAMPGROUND TO BE AFFECTED BY ONGOING SEWER FORCE MAIN PROJECT

Work will continue around the clock

HONOLULU, Sept. 25, 2014-- An ongoing sewer main installation will force the closure of Camp area A at Sand Island SRA.  The project entails drilling beneath Honolulu Harbor to install an underground sewer main.  Due to the the technology required for the drilling, it must now continue 24 hours a day for the forseeable future.  This will cause noise impacts to park day users and particularly, overnight campers.  Camp Area A, closest to the drilling, will therefore be closed to camping for the duration of the project.  The other camp areas B and C are further from the drilling site and will remain open for weekend camping, but will still suffer from noise impacts due to the project.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


DLNR REMINDS PUBLIC OF SACRED FALLS PARK CLOSURE, ACKNOWLEDGES 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TRAGEDY

Number of citations for unauthorized entry increases

HONOLULU — Due to a recent rise in citations for unauthorized entry into Sacred Falls State Park, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces and underscores that the park remains closed to the public due to danger from falling rocks.

Mother’s Day marks the 15-year anniversary of tragedy at Sacred Falls State Park, where a massive rockslide on May 9, 1999, killed 8 and injured around 50 people. Following that incident, DLNR closed the park, locked the entrance, and posted and maintained numerous signs indicating the park’s closure and hazardous conditions. 

To address public safety concerns raised by this event, the state Legislature established a statewide warning signage system, through Act 82 SLH 2003, to protect the state and county governments from liability on certain parks and trails.
“So many of us remember the loss, pain, and suffering that ensued at Sacred Falls 15 years ago,” said Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr. “Yet, people continue to illegally hike in the park, ignoring DLNR’s clear signage and exposing themselves to possible injury or death, and criminal citation.”

From March to April 2014, the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) issued about 30 citations for prohibited entry into Sacred Falls State Park, many of which involved out-of-state residents or U.S. military personnel. 

One incident in March 2014 necessitated search and rescue efforts by DOCARE and the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD). During the past two years, DOCARE and HFD have conducted four search and rescue operations in Sacred Falls State Park, some of which involved bodily injury. 

“DOCARE takes prohibited entry violations seriously and will continue to monitor Sacred Falls State Park, issue citations, and protect public health and safety when necessary,” said DOCARE Enforcement Chief Randy Awo. “But the reality is that these illegal entries divert time and attention from natural resource protection.”

Entry into Sacred Falls State Park, and any other closed state park, is a petty misdemeanor crime, punishable in court with fines of a minimum $100 for a first offense; $200 for a second offense; and $500 for a third or subsequent offense. Moreover, The Board of Land and Natural Resources may also pursue civil administrative penalties of up to $2,500 for a first violation; $5,000 for a second violation; and $10,000 for a third or subsequent violation.

 “We encourage people to enjoy the many other state parks and trails that are open and accessible to the public, such as the trails managed by the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife under the Na Ala Hele Trail Access system,” said Dan Quinn, administrator for the DLNR Division of State Parks. 





 

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.

download Permit application

download Permit FAQs

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. 


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 clearer.  Permits do not restrict pedestrian access so it does not infringe on native Hawaiian gathering rights.

 

Public informational and permitting meetings for people who want to acquire a permit are as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014; 6 - 9 p.m.,

Kalanimoku Building (DLNR Boardroom),

1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu (free parking in the underground garage)

 

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014; 9 a.m. - Noon,

Waialua Elementary School Cafeteria

67-020 Waialua Beach Road, Waialua

 

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014; 5:30 - 9 p.m.

Mililani High School Cafeteria

95-1200 Meheula Parkway, Mililani

 

These videos explains the permit system and the reasons for it:


https://vimeo.com/111943221

https://vimeo.com/112412443



STATE PARKS BEGINS PHASE 2 CONSTRUCTION OF DIAMOND HEAD-FORT RUGER PATHWAY

Groundbreaking continues beautification of park exterior

HONOLULU, Sept. 16, 2014-- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of State Parks has begun work to complete the Fort Ruger Pathway on the exterior slopes of Diamond Head State Monument.  

A groundbreaking ceremony for phase two of the pathway improvements was held today at the park, led by Board of Land and Natural Resources Chairperson William Aila, Jr., and attended by legislators and representatives of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), Kapiolani Community College, Diamond Head Citizens Advisory Committee, and the state Department of Defense (which shares management and jurisdiction of Diamond Head State Monument).

The Fort Ruger Pathway next to Diamond Head/Monsarrat Drive, provides residents and visitors an accessible multi-use path along the exterior slopes of the monument for cyclists and pedestrians – many of whom walk from Waikiki-area hotels to visit the park and its historic summit hike.

This phase will complete the final section of the pathway (to its terminus near Diamond Head Road and 22nd Avenue) and install irrigation and landscaping using appropriate native plant species. Work is expected to be completed by March 2015.

The project is funded with Hawaii Tourism Authority funds and additional Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds. Total project cost for phase 2 is $1.15 million

Phase 1 of the Fort Ruger Pathway, completed in August 2013, improved the pathway from near the intersection of Diamond Head Road and Wauke Street (near the old Cannon Club site) to near Diamond Head Road and across from the American Red Cross building. Phase 1 work cost $1.37 million. 

The completed pathway and surrounding areas will encompass 12 acres that will beautify the natural landscape and provide recreational opportunities for walkers and bicyclists. There will also be interpretive signs to share the history of the former Fort Ruger Military Reservation.

Diamond Head State Monument encompasses over 475 acres, including the interior and outer slopes of the crater. It receives more than 900,000 visitors annually and ranks among one of the top visitor destinations according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.


MAUNA KEA STATE RECREATION AREA HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE COUNTY OF HAWAII


Cabin reservations no longer being taken by State Parks

Due to the transfer of the management of the Mauna Kea State Recreation Area to the County of Hawaii, cabin reservations are no longer being taken.  For information about the use of the former Mauna Kea State Recreation Area , please call the County of Hawaii Parks and Recreation office at (808) 961-8311.

UPDATE 6/24/14:   Mauna Kea State Recreation Area will close July 1 for renovations and remain closed until further notice.

Temporary restrooms will be provided at the administrative building fronting the park’s main entrance. The public will be notified when the park is reopened. Until then, no camping reservations will be taken and permits required for overnight use will not be issued.

As of July 1, Hawaii County has assumed responsibility for Mauna Kea SRA. The shutdown is needed to expedite the work and ensure the public’s safety while the park’s restrooms, parking lot and picnic area are refurbished. Maintenance crews will be using heavy equipment to improve the park located near the 34-mile marker of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, also known as Saddle Road.

For more information, contact Jason Armstrong at (808) 961-8311 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.





 

 
 
 
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