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HĀ‘ENA STATE PARK, NĀPALI COAST SWP (KALALAU TRAIL) REMAIN CLOSED DUE TO FLOOD DAMAGE

Posted on Dec 1, 2018

In April  2018, the Island of Kauaʻi exeperienced unprecedented rainfall, topping 50″ in two days in some locations.  The North Shore region, from Hanalei to Napali,  was particularly hard hit.  Multiple landslides along the shoreline Kuhiō Highway damaged the main artery and forced closure of the route accessing the rural community and parks beyond Hanalei.  The highway is being repaired and is not expected to reopen until sometime in 2019.

12/2018 UPDATE: Repairs and upgrades to make Hāʻena State Park more resilient to future floods, as well as to address public safety and accessibility issues, have begun. A replacement parking lot will be installed with a revised entry to accommodate a long-envisioned shuttle stop. This is an integral part of a desired transportation scheme to alleviate north shore traffic, and is supported by the recently completed Hāʻena State Park Master Plan. Both the improvements, and a new management scheme, including visitor limits, will be in place prior to the reopening of the park sometime in 2019.

The timeline for park repairs and construction is presently estimated to extend into 2019. Repairs of the damaged Kalalau Trail, consisting of washed-out trail sections, debris accumulation, and dense vegetation growth obscuring the route, will be initiated soon and it’s hoped to do this work in the same timeframe as the Hāʻena park repairs.