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**IMPORTANT PARK NOTICES**

Monitor local surf and weather reports prior to your park visit.

[MAUI] UPDATED 7/12/24 – Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area: Access to the park and cabin is CLOSED until further notice due to the recent Kula wildfire.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 7/1/24 – Polihale State Park: Queen's Pond access Road is CLOSED June 17-21 (M-F) for rock placement.  Pedestrian traffic should be aware of heavy equipment traversing through the area.  The park remains open - visitors should access via Cane Top access road and points beyond.

[HAWAI’I] UPDATED 7/1/24 –'Akaka Falls State Park is closed this week for additional repair work. Expected to reopen this weekend 7/6/24.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 6/18/24 –Kalalau Trail, Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park: Camping permits held back for local residents during summer, see Kalalau Trail site for more information.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 6/18/24 – Kōkeʻe State Park: The gate to Puʻu O Kila Lookout will be closed to vehicular traffic due to road repairs beginning 3/19/24. The lookout will still be accessible by pedestrians, parking is available at Kalalau lookout.

[HAWAI'I] UPDATED 6/18/24 -  West Hawaii State Parks to close early on the 4th of July at 5 PM. Parks effected are: Kekaha Kai SP—Mahai’ula section and Manini’owali (Kua Bay) section, Kiholo SPR, Hapuna Beach SRA and Waialea section

Review of Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Needs Your Input

Posted on Oct 25, 2021

Every five years people have an opportunity to review and provide update suggestions to the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation plan, or SCORP for short. The DLNR Division of State Parks (DSP) is now inviting people to review the draft of the SCORP-2021.

The plan assesses outdoor recreation trends, needs and priorities and provides direction for the recreational future allowing Hawaiʻi to remain eligible to receive federal funds for outdoor recreation projects. Funding is administered through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), agrants program administered by the National Park Service.

The five-year strategic plan for outdoor recreation as presented in the draft 2021 SCORP is based on comments received from recreation agencies and others through online surveys and community meetings held between April and June 2021. More than 2,600 people participated in the process.

Community members and stakeholders and recreation providers identified the protection of natural and wildlife resources and wilderness areas as top priorities for investment in outdoor recreation.  The operation and maintenance of existing infrastructure and facilities and protection of cultural and/or historic resources were found to be other top priorities for the next five years. Concerns were expressed about inadequate and poor conditions of facilities.

Continuing a theme identified in the 2015 SCORP, which was  intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic, people and providers both recognize an increasing demand for outdoor recreation spaces and associated facilities. Recreation providers rates enforcement as the most serious challenge in managing and providing outdoor recreation facilities. They also expressed a need for enough funding to adequately manage these spaces.

To view the draft report, Click Here —> SCORP DRAFT FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

The 2021 SCORP will assist in selecting projects for LWCF funding.

Recent LWCF grants include:

  • Renovation of tennis and basketball courts at Kalawai Park, Kauaʻi 
  • Installation of new playgrounds at Kaimukī Community Park, Ala Pu‘umalu Community Park, and Kahalu‘u Community Park, O‘ahu. Construction of the Hilo Bayfront Trail, Hawai’i Island
  • Coastal trail improvements at Waiʻānapanapa State Park, Maui
  • New lookouts, viewing scopes and repaving of the Makapuʻu Trail at Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline on Oʻahu. 

Comments on the plan are requested by November 19, 2021, and can be submitted by e-mail or in writing to: [email protected] or to:

PBR HAWAII & Associates, Inc.
Attn: SCORP
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 650
Honolulu, HI 96813-3484