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HONOLULU --  Today, William Aila, Chair of the Board of Land and Natural Resources announced that due to safety concerns, Malaekahana State Recreation Area, Kahuku section is closed until further notice, effective immediately. 

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), in consultation with the Friends of Malaekahana, has determined that due to recent tree falls in the Kahuku section camping area, public recreation and camping are currently unsafe. 

Persons presently camping at the Kahuku section will be required to leave. These campers will have the option to move to the adjacent Malaekahana State Recreation Area, Kalanai Point section – at no additional charge.

DLNR will work with an arborist to assess which trees, if any, may warrant trimming or removal. Upon completion of the assessment, DLNR will initiate the recommended work immediately.

The Kalanai Point section will continue to be available for camping. Permits may be obtained via the Hawaii State Parks Website:  Malaekahana Kalanai Point section is 0.6 miles north and Kahuku section is 1 mile north of Laie.

DLNR will also take this opportunity to complete additional improvements that will enhance the safety and enjoyment of the park. As work progresses, DLNR will issue periodic news releases to keep the public informed as to the anticipated re-opening date. .


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LIHUE - A meeting of the Koke'e State Park Advisory Council will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the National Headquarters of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, 3530 Papalina Road, Kalaheo, Kaua'i  96741.


Act 223 of the 2008 Legislature, established the Koke'e State Park Advisory Council to: 1) review and assist the State in revising and updating the Koke‘e and Waimea Canyon State Parks Master Plan; 2) advise and assist in the management of the Koke'e recreation residence leases; 3) enhance community education and cultural awareness of Koke'e  and Waimea Canyon State Parks; 4) participate in the preservation and protection of the area’s natural and cultural resources; and 5) advise and assist in the implementation of the Master Plan recommendations.


Comprised of nine (9) voting members, appointed by the Governor and the Legislature, and four (4) nonvoting agency officials, the Council is charged with working with the State to promote preservation of the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources, contribute to educational programs designed to increase the public’s knowledge about the value of the parks’ features and awareness of the fragility of the wildland environment and the need to protect and sustain them for future generations.  Further, the Council is to assist in developing and implementing management systems that balance public usage with resource protection.


If you have special needs due to disability, please contact Lauren Tanaka, Planner with the Division of State Parks, at 808 587-0293, or by email to:, at least 3 days prior to the meeting date.  Lauren may also be contacted for questions or comments in regards to this meeting.


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.

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):


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.


-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.



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.


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:


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. 



Off-Road Use Prompts Permit System

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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 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:


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.


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


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