La‘aloa Beach Parking Lot to Close Indefinitely

May 11, 2017, 9:12 AM HST (Updated May 11, 2017, 9:25 AM) · 2 Comments

The Department of Parks & Recreation announced the indefinite closure of the paved parking lot at La‘aloa Beach Park (directly adjacent to Magic Sands Beach Park) in Kailua-Kona, effective Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Laaloa Bay Beach Park. Photo Credit: Eventseekr

Park patrons are asked to use alternate parking along Ali‘i Drive or at Kipapa Park, located directly across the street from Magic Sands Beach Park.

Officials say that the closure is necessary to honor commitments the County agreed to with the Hawai‘i Island Burial Council, State Historic Preservation Division, cultural and lineal descendants, and cultural practitioners in respect of and in furtherance of the preservation of Haukālua heiau and several other culturally significant sites located on the property.

The Department says it is developing a plan to modify the existing parking lot in a manner that is culturally sensitive.

Park officials anticipate the opening of the reconfigured and reduced-capacity parking lot in approximately 18 months.

The accessible parking stall near the restrooms at Magic Sands Beach Park will remain open for public use.

For more information about the parking lot closure, please call Charmaine Kamaka at 961-8311.

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