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Many Kaua‘i Parks Remain Closed

April 19, 2018, 1:37 PM HST (Updated April 19, 2018, 1:37 PM)
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Napali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kūhiō Highway landslides, Wailua River State Park. VC: DLNR

Numerous state parks on Kaua‘i will remain closed for assessment and repairs.

Two major state parks will remain closed indefinitely. Hāʻena State Park and the adjacent Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park (including the Kalalau Trail) are closed due to flood damage affecting both parks.

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Kūhiō Highway, the only way in and out of both parks, has been closed by multiple landslides since record-breaking rains pounded the north shore of Kaua‘i last weekend. Closures will likely be for an extended period while damage assessments and repairs are completed.

Portions of Wailua River State Park experienced severe flooding impacts, particularly the areas along the river course. The North Fork area is closed pending damage and safety assessment. Areas of the Marina were flooded and impacted by floating debris. A portion of the Wailua marina is being used as an emergency staging area to facilitate debris removal from the river mouth. The park overlooks, waterfall viewpoints, and heiau sites are open and accessible.

Polihale State Park remains closed as repairs to the flooded entry road are being made.

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All other state parks on Kaua’i are open.

 

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