DLNR BEGINS IMPROVEMENTS TO KOKE‘E-WAIMEA CANYON STATE PARK WATER SYSTEM
LIHU‘E, KAUA‘I -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has begun making improvements to a section of the water system of the Koke‘e-Waimea Canyon State Park complex. Work began on Monday. The project area includes the water system section between the Makaha Ridge storage tank and the Pu‘u Ka Pele pavilion complex, and will be located within existing access and service roadways used by park staff and lessees of the recreational lots in the area.
Improvements will include installation of a new 6-inch water main, new water meters, new lateral connections to adjacent lots, fire control laterals, repair of the affected roadways and related work. The project contractor is Goodfellow Bros., Inc., and the project cost is $2 million. Project completion is expected by March 2014.
Project impacts include construction activities on these internal roadways and adjacent lots. Local area access will be allowed as necessary, and traffic control and safety measures will be implemented.
"We appreciate the patience and understanding of the community in this park area, as the water system improvements are needed to ensure service to the recreational lots and our park facilities," said Dan Quinn, State Parks administrator.
For specific inquires regarding this project, please contact Russell Kumabe, State Parks Development Branch Chief, at (808) 587-0305.
DLNR SEEKS TIPS FROM PUBLIC ON THEFT OF SOLAR PANELS AT MACKENZIE STATE RECREATION AREA
New comfort station will be closed indefinitely until replacements, security measures are in place
HILO -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is seeking tips from the public that may help enforcement officers identify persons who stole solar panels and other items from MacKenzie State Recreation Area in Puna district this past weekend.
DLNR’s Division of State Parks has been conducting ongoing improvements at MacKenzie State Recreation Area since early this year that include a new composting comfort station and parking area near the camping sites and road repairs and improvements. Park improvements were to be completed this month.
Unfortunately, this past weekend (April 27-28), the new comfort station sustained property damage and theft of the newly installed solar panels and electrical equipment to operate the composting toilets. As a result, the new comfort station will be closed indefinitely to ensure the completion of repairs and installation of replacements, and security improvements are made.
Some of the items that were stolen are part of a sewage containment system and not of much value to those that have taken them because of the specialized nature of the parts.
It is not yet known how long it will take to find replacement parts and components of the stolen and damaged facilities.
Hawaii County Police Department and DLNR DOCARE enforcement officers are investigating. Estimates on the value of items stolen are pending. Anyone with information about the theft of items is asked to call the DOCARE branch office in Hilo at (808) 974-6208.
MacKenzie State Recreation Area, covering 13.1 acres, is located on Kalapana-Kapono Beach Road (Highway 137), 9 miles northeast of Kaimu. It is a low-cliffed, wild volcanic coastline with picnicking and tent camping in an ironwood grove and known for good shore fishing. An old Hawaiian coastal trail traverses the park. The park has restrooms, camping area, trash cans, but no water and is open daily during daylight hours. There is no entrance fee.
DLNR REPAIRS AT KEKAHA KAI STATE PARK BEGIN MONDAY
Mahaiula section to close weekdays April 8-May 3 but stay open on weekends
KONA, HAWAII — Starting Monday, April 8, 2013, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will begin repair work on the entry road to the Mahaiula section of Kekaha Kai State Park, necessitating weekday closures. This work is anticipated to take three to four weeks and will consist of pothole and sectional filling and laying compacted gravel on the roadway surface. This park section will be closed on weekdays from April 8 to May 3, 2013, but reopened on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) during this period.
STATE PARKS ANNOUNCES NEW POLICY FOR KALALAU TRAIL CAMPING PERMITS WITHIN NAPALI COAST STATE WILDERNESS PARK, KAUAI
5/18/10 - In response to public demand and to promote improved public safety, beginning May 19, 2010, permits for Napali Coast will be issued for Kalalau only, the preferred destination at the end of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail. However, permits for Kalalau will also be valid for camping at Hanakoa, which is located a little beyond the halfway point of the trail, roughly 6 miles in from the trailhead. Permits specifically for Hanakoa will no longer be issued, but hikers are encouraged to stopover and camp at Hanakoa if they possess a valid permit for Kalalau and they feel the need to break up their trek due to such factors as fatigue, inclement weather, or impending darkness.
"We want visitors to be able to enjoy the premiere destination of Kalalau, but offer everyone the option of stopping at Hanakoa if they feel physically unable to make the entire trail in one day, or if conditions may make the full 11-mile trip too hazardous", said Dan Quinn, State Parks Administrator.
This new policy will also take the mystery out of the trip planning process for visitors who are unsure whether they can make the full trail in one clip. This provides the flexibility to stop at Hanakoa or continue on to Kalalau without apprehension regarding the legality of a permit. State Parks recently made permits accessible to the public via the internet, and demand for Kalalau permits has been very high.
Permitted campers are cautioned that the new policy is not a license to camp anywhere along the trail. Hanakoa and Kalalau, which contain facilities to support camping activities, remain the only two authorized areas for camping along the trail. The total number of nights that are allowed for camping in the park is still 5 - so a stopover at Hanakoa, going either direction along the trail, counts as on e of the authorized nights, and therefore reduces the total number of nights permitted at Kalalau.
ROCKFALL HAZARD MITIGATION PROJECT PLANNED FOR WAILUA RIVER STATE PARK AND FERN GROTTO, KAUA?I
LIHUE, Nov. 5, 2013-- Starting Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will implement rockfall hazard mitigation improvements on a portion of the Wailua River bank slope below Kuamoo Road near the Poliahu Lookout.
A localized net system will be installed and anchored to the riverbank slope to contain potential rockfall areas. This will address the safety of recreational users of the Wailua River. Also, slope stabilization improvements will start at Fern Grotto, which includes the installation of erosion matting to stabilize the slope adjacent to the pathway leading to the viewing platform.
The improvements on the riverbanks are a continued effort to mitigate potential rockfall hazards in this area. In 2012, a rockfall occurred on this slope and buoys were placed in the river to divert users from this area.
An archaeological survey was conducted because the project area is located near the Poliahu Heiau, and input was sought from several cultural groups on Kauai to address impacts to archaeological and cultural resources. Archaeological monitoring will occur during this project, as recommended by DLNR's State Historic Preservation Division. No monitoring is required for the Fern Grotto work.
Project impacts along the river will include the use and sight of large machinery on the riverbank, riverway access delays, and Fern Grotto pathway sections. Safety measures will include a fence to contain any materials from entering the river.
"We appreciate the patience and understanding of residents and visitors that may be affected by this project,” said Dan Quinn, State Parks administrator.
The rockfall mitigation work will be conducted by AIS Construction Company. The construction cost of the project is approximately $444,000 with funding from the state’s capital improvement projects budget. Project completion is anticipated by end of December, weather conditions permitting.
STATE DEDICATES NEW DIAMOND HEAD FORT RUGER PATHWAY AND BRYAN CLAY EXERCISE PARK
Improvements beautify monument exterior
and enhance public access
HONOLULU, Oct. 14, 2013-- Gov. Neil Abercrombie today joined representatives of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and others in dedicating the transformed Fort Ruger Pathway and new Bryan Clay Exercise Park along the mauka exterior slope of the Diamond Head State Monument. The Fort Ruger Pathway consists of an accessible multi-use pathway, picnic and rest areas along its 1.3-mile length. The Bryan Clay Exercise Park is comprised of accessible exercise equipment and is adjacent to the new pathway near the entrance to crater.
“Diamond Head, or Le‘ahi, is an iconic monument recognized and associated with Hawaii around the world,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “The Fort Ruger Pathway is the result of a true public-private partnership that will improve access and create a unique visitor experience that benefits a world-class destination.
The pathway is the result of collaboration between the state and the Diamond Head Citizens Advisory Committee and is the first element of the 2003 Diamond Head State Monument Master Plan Update.
The Bryan Clay Exercise Park is a gift to the community from fitness pioneer Clark Hatch and the Diamond Head State Monument Foundation. The exercise park is named in honor of Hawai‘i’s own Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist, Bryan Clay, who is an inspiration to Hawaii residents of all ages.
The pathway, which was completed in August 2013, will provide residents and visitors an accessible multi-use path along the exterior slopes of the monument. Previously, there was either no sidewalk at all along Diamond Head Road or, at most, a narrow 3- to 4-foot wide sidewalk for pedestrians -- many of whom walk from Waikiki-area hotels to visit the park and its historic summit hike.
The total cost of Phase 1 of the Fort Ruger Pathway was approximately $1.36 million, including all capital improvement funds (CIP). The project is part of a larger CIP appropriation of $4.4 million for trail construction, reconstruction and other improvements at Diamond Head.
With additional funding of $700,000 from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and capital improvement project funds from the Legislature, the Hawaii State Parks Division will later install irrigation and landscaping with appropriate native plant species. Phase 2 will complete the path, irrigation and landscaping.
Diamond Head State Monument encompasses over 475 acres, including the interior and outer slopes of the crater. It receives approximately 750,000 visitors annually and ranks among one of Hawaii’s top visitor destinations, according to the HTA.
NATIVE PLANT PROPAGATION WORKSHOPS IN AHUPUA'A O KAHANA STATE PARK
Open to the Public every 4th Saturday Monthly
Ho'ala 'Aina Kupono Corporation (HAKC) received a $10,000 from Hawai'i Tourism Authority to kick start the ALOHA KAHANA project. HAKC is partnering with State Parks and the Kahana community to propagate Native Hawaiian plants. These plants will be used in the stream, along the stream banks, and forest areas. The groups are working to clear the waterways and banks of invasive species. This will help to improve habitat for native species in the stream, as well as native fauna to flourish in the forest area. If you would like to participate, please contact Kahiau Wallace (285-6784) or email
REHABILITATION OF KALALAU TRAIL, NAPALI COAST STATE WILDERNESS PARK, KAUA'I BEGINS
9/24/12 - LIHU'E - A project to identify and restore priority sections of a popular 9-mile section of the famed Kalalau Trail began this month. Work on the trail from 2 miles in at Hanakapiai and to the trail’s end (11 miles) at Kalalau beach is being conducted by Pono Pacific Land Management, LLC and is expected to be completed by the end of November 2013.
The Napali Coast State Wilderness Park is composed of steep, rough and severely weathered and eroded cliffs and deep gullies. This world-renowned and spectacular landscape is managed and preserved for watershed, wildlife and recreational purposes. This work is designed to stem and reverse the erosive forces of nature and feral goats that have contributed to the deterioration of this rugged historic trail which grants hiking access to the east half of the 6000-acre park.
Preliminary work is currently underway, and repair work is slated to begin in eroded sections near mile 8. Work will then shift to other prioritized trail sections. Trail crews will camp for a week at a time near the work location, working long days to reduce the cost on helicopter transport, and then be off for a week.
Most hikers are not expected to face delays as work is happening after the 2-mile mark at Hanakapi‘ai. HIkers who go beyond Hanakapiai, and overnight campers with permits may experience short delays when trail work crews are encountered.
This project is being made possible thanks to a grant-in-aid funding from the Hawai‘i State Legislature that was released by Governor Neil Abercrombie this spring.