ALL STATE PARKS HAVE REOPENED IN WAKE OF HIGH SURF EVENT
HONOLULU, Monday, 1/26/2015 -- UPDATE - The Division of State Parks has reopened Kaena Point State Park, O'ahu. On Hawaii Island, Lapakahi State Historical Park, Kekaha Kai State Park (both sections), and Hapuna Beach SRA (both sections) have also reopened. Portions of these parks may be inaccessible due to storm damage, which crews are working to clean up.
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):
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: MacKenzie State Park remains 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.
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.
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