01/23/15 – High Surf Keeps State Parks On West Hawaii And Oahu ClosedPosted on Jan 23, 2015 in News Releases, State Parks
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
|DAVID Y. IGE
For Immediate News Release January 23, 2015
HONOLULU — Following the recommendation of Hawaii County Ocean Safety personnel, all West Hawaii state beach parks remained closed a second day for public safety, by the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks. This includes Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and its Waialea section, Lapakahi State Historical Park and Kekaha Kai State Park (both the Maniniowali (Kua Bay) and Mahaiula sections).
Wave impacts at Hapuna Beach caused damage to the North side lifeguard tower. The water line is also damaged and repairs are planned to restore water service to the comfort stations. Portable toilets will be provided until repairs are completed. The naupaka hedges in the park are covered with sand as well as the walkways and showers near the beach.
Assessments of surf conditions are continuing. Parks will not be opened until ocean and park conditions are safe for public use.
The Keawaula section of Kaena Point State park in Leeward Oahu 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.
Public Information Specialist