Most state forest lands and parks reopen after Hurricane Lane

MEDIA RELEASE

Moleka Trail landslide and exposed roots in Honolulu. DLNR Photo

(Honolulu) – At noon Sunday (Aug 26) most lands under the jurisdiction of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) reopened to public use following the threat of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Lane.

Early last week, in the interest of public safety, DOFAW and the DLNR Division of State Parks closed all lands under their jurisdictions. DOFAW Administrator David Smith said, “Assessments of conditions and any repairs needed will be ongoing over the next several days and that while areas may be opened, people are advised to use caution due to storm impacts and hazards that may be present, including but not limited to downed trees, erosion, flooding, strong currents, and hazardous road and trail conditions.” DOFAW and State Parks staff conducted initial damage and hazard assessments on Saturday. It may take a few days for all closed signs to be removed.

On Hawai‘i Island, all DOFAW properties except Keanakolu cabins, Ainapo cabin, Waimanu trail, and campsites are reopening.

On Kaua‘i all DOFAW lands will reopen tomorrow (August 27, 2018). Also on Kaua‘i, Ha‘ena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park remained closed because of flood damage in April.

On Maui, Iao Valley State Monument will remain closed until tomorrow due to the high flows of the Wailuku River.

While Lane had little impact on O‘ahu, a small landslide on the Moleka Trail on the upper east edge of the Makiki Valley shows one of the obstacles or dangers forest users may continue to encounter. DLNR Chair Suzanne Case remarked, “While it appears that forest lands and state parks across the state escaped serious damage from the storm, I want to echo what David Smith said. Closures for certain areas or features may continue over the next few days until staff can fully complete assessments and effect any repairs or mitigation that may be needed. We appreciate everyone’s continued kokua in staying away from closed areas for their own safety as well as the well-being of work crews who may be doing repair and maintenance work.”

Hikers can help report any damage or hazards they may spot by using the trail report form found at the bottom of each trail description on the Na Ala Hele website listed below.

Damage and hazards on any lands under DLNR jurisdiction can also be reported via the department’s Facebook page. Specific trail, parks, camping areas and forest land closures are listed on the following official State websites:

Na Ala Hele Trails and Access System:

hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails…

Division of Forestry and Wildlife:

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