09/10/18 – STATE PARKS AND FORESTS CLOSING IN ADVANCE OF HURRICANE OLIVIA

Posted on Sep 10, 2018 in Alert, Boating & Ocean Recreations, Closure: Trail, Forestry & Wildlife, Hunter Ed, Main, Natural Area Reserves, News Releases, slider, State Parks, Trail, Trails
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE 
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release September 10, 2018 

‘click on image to watch video’ 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, UPDATE #2
Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside is closed due to high winds and downed tree. DOT is securing the roadways.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, UPDATE #1
All lands under the jurisdiction of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) on Hawai’i island have reopened and normal operations have resumed.

Kaumahina and Puaakaa Wayside parks on Maui will remain open. This is mainly for anyone along Hana Hwy. needing a safe place to rest or park should they get stuck along the highway during the storm.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 Update:

All Oahu DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) lands, including forest reserves, natural area reserves, game management areas, wildlife sanctuaries, public hunting areas and Na Ala Hele trails closing at sunset on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

The DLNR Division of State Parks has decided to keep all park units on Hawaii island open today.

(Honolulu) – All 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 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

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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RESOURCES

(All images/video: Courtesy: DLNR)

HD video: MacKenzie State Recreation Area, Hawai‘i island:

https://vimeo.com/289165384

Photographs: MacKenzie State Recreation Area, Hawai‘i island:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s3hotbwnd8cw8v8/AAAfsqxZMwqp_CShb-Z5UQHia?dl=0

Media Contact:

Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Manager

Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources

1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 131

Honolulu, HI  96813

Dlnr.comms@hawaii.gov

Dan.w.dennison@hawaii.gov

(808) 587-0396 (Communications Office)

(808) 587-0407 (Direct Line)
(808) 295-8749 (Cell)

www.dlnr.hawaii.gov