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Covid-19 Protocols: Please wear a mask when indoors and in groups, maintain social distancing, and be respectful of others. Aloha, Hawaii State Parks

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PARK UPDATES: 1/4/22 - [KAUAI] - The Kalalau Trail is OPEN. Stay safe.  Aloha.

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01/18/22 - [OAHU] - The vehicular access gate for the Mokuleia Section of Kaena Point State Park is CLOSED due to heavy ponding and poor road conditions. We will continue to assess the conditions and update accordingly.

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12/21/21 - [MAUI] - Kaumahina State Wayside on the road to Hana is temporarily CLOSED until further notice due to staff shortage.

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11/5/21 - [OAHU] - The gate at the Keawaula Section of Kaena Point State Park is now OPEN on weekends from 7am to 7pm.

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4/19/21 - [ALL ISLANDS] - Entrance AND parking fees are now required for non-residents at several parks across the islands including: [KAUAI] Haena, Kokee, Waimea Canyon, [OAHU] Diamond Head, Nuuanu Pali, [MAUI] Iao Valley, Makena, Waianapanapa, and [HAWAII] Akaka Falls, Hapuna Beach.  Non-resident visitors will be required to pay for both entry and parking.

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3/1/21 - [MAUI] - Waianapanapa State Park - Entry and Parking Reservations are now required for all non-residents. For reservations go to www.gowaianapanapa.com

Demolition on Diamond Head Summit Proceeding On Schedule

Posted on Nov 2, 2021

Demolition workers have successfully removed the top portion of one of two structures that are being removed from the summit of Diamond Head Crater. 

As of this morning, on the adjoining second structure, a pair of workers, using jack hammers have knocked more than half of the top down. Once the roofs are demolished, work will begin on their support columns. 

The rectangular structures were built toward the end of WWII or in the early 1950’s. While visitors will miss the shade they provided, they were not part of the original complex of fire control stations constructed prior to the the first world war. The demolition this week will result in a more natural profile for the top of the crater in the Diamond Head State Monument. 

The DLNR Division of State Parks is bringing the pair of structures down, during a park closure that started Monday and will last through Friday. Diamond Head State Monument will reopen on Saturday, but the very top of the summit platform will be closed periodically for the next two weeks. Visitors will still be able to enjoy picturesque coastal views from just below the summit while repair work continues.

On Thursday and Friday, a helicopter will be used to lift heavy bags of broken concrete and other materials down into the crater to be trucked out for disposal. 

Repairs are also underway this week in the tunnel at the top of the 99 stairs. Both the tunnel and the structures being taken down at the top of the crater have experienced concrete spalling. That can pose a safety hazard. 

Diamond Head Demolition Update, Nov. 2, 2021 from Hawaii DLNR on Vimeo.