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State parks to close at 12 noon Tuesday (Sept 11) in East Hawaii as Olivia approaches

GOES-West Infrared enhanced rainbow image of Hurricane Olivia moving west towards Hawaii Monday, September 10, 2018. Image via NOAA

GOES-West Infrared enhanced rainbow image of Hurricane Olivia moving west towards Hawaii Monday, September 10, 2018. Image via NOAA

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(Honolulu) – All Hawai‘i island and Maui Nui lands under the jurisdiction of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) are closing at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The closures are in advance of Hurricane Olivia which is approaching Hawai‘i now. DLNR Chair Suzanne Case explained, “This is standard operating procedure for our publicly accessible lands and is a prudent approach to keep everyone out of harm’s way during these hurricanes and tropical storm events. We know it may be an inconvenience for people, particularly those who have camping permits, but our top priority is keeping everyone…staff and visitors’ safe until the storm has passed.”

DOFAW managed lands on Hawai‘i and Maui include all: forest reserves, natural area reserves, game management areas, wildlife sanctuaries, public hunting areas and Na Ala Hele trails.

DLNR Division of State Parks closures include:

  • Waiʻanapanapa State Park, Maui-Closing at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
  • Other Maui Nui Parks-Closing at regular closing times on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
  • Hawai‘i island, East side parks-closing at 12 noon on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
  • Hawai‘i island, West side parks-will be evaluated for closing as the storm approaches

All closures remain in effect until further notice pending impact assessments. People with camping and lodging permits have been notified via e-mail about refunds or rescheduling their visits.

All state small boat harbors, operated by the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) will remain open during the storm and provide safe harbor for small vessels.

Additional forest lands and parks on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i may be closed as the trajectory of Hurricane Oliva becomes clearer. DLNR will provide updates through the news media and via the DLNR website (www.dlnr.hawaii.gov) and on the DLNR Facebook page.

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