MOST STATE PARKS REOPENED IN WAKE OF HURRICANE ANA
HONOLULU, UPDATE Oct. 21, 2014-- Hurricane Ana has passed the Hawaiian Islands with few serious impacts. All 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.
SEVERAL PARKS REMAIN CLOSED DUE TO STORM DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE ISELLE
UPDATE October 8, 2014. On Hawaii Island, Lava Tree State Monument and MacKenzie State Recreation Area are closed.
On Maui, Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area is closed.
Clean up and repairs to damaged facilities are ongoing and the parks will be reopened when they are safe for public use.
STATE PARKS SEEKS LESSEE FOR MALAEKAHANA SRA BEACH CAMPGROUND
5 year term for park management sought
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks is beginning a Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) process to issue a five year lease for the existing campground at the Malaekahana State Recreation Area (Kahuku Section). The campground is currently operated by the Friends of Malaekahana under a month to month revocable permit.
The Kahuku Section of Malaekahana Recreation Area comprises approximately 36 acres of rural beachfront land on Oahu's North Shore. Proposals will include areas for public beach access, tent camping and optional rental of alternative, temporary structures such as small Hawaiian hale, tent platforms or other similar structures.
Eligible applicants will have until June 19, 2014 to submit a notice of intent to participate. For further information contact the Division of State Parks at 587-0505.
UPDATE 9/15/14: The RFQ/RFP and document library has MOVED and may be downloaded here:
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.
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.
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 one of the authorized nights, and therefore reduces the total number of nights permitted at Kalalau.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.