01/21/15 – High Surf Closes Hapuna Beach At Noon TodayPosted on Jan 21, 2015 in News Releases, State Parks
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
|DAVID Y. IGE
For Immediate News Release January 21, 2015
Keawaula beach still closed on Oahu’s leeward coast
HONOLULU — Following the recommendation of Hawaii County Ocean Safety personnel, the DLNR Division of State Parks is closing the Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area beach area at 12:00 p.m. today. Large waves are scheduled to reach this area by mid-afternoon, but wave models show a significant ground swell system, thus the closure before the actual arrival of the waves. The park will remain open, and visitors will be notified of the beach closure as they enter. If the waves get too large or if crowd control becomes a problem, The Division of State Parks reserves the option of closing the entire park.
State Parks personnel are monitoring Lapakahi State Historical Park and Kekaha Kai State Park to determine if any action is needed in those areas.
The Keawaula section of Kaena Point State park remains closed today due to high surf. The park gate is closed and hikers are being warned to keep out because high waves may wash across the road and be a safety hazard.
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