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Some Big Isle Parks Remain Closed Due to Iselle

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources has re-opened most of its state-managed forest lands, and state parks on all islands following assessments of Hurricane Iselle damage.

Some remain closed pending removal and clearing of downed trees. They are:

  • Lava Tree State Recreation Area
  • MacKenzie State Park
  • The left side (shorter trail) of Akaka Falls loop trail, which requires repairs to railings. However, the right loop portion of the Akaka Falls State Park is open.

“We thank the public for their cooperation with area closures for safety during the storm,” said Lisa Hadway, Division of Forestry and Wildlife administrator. “Fortunately most of our reserves, natural areas, sanctuaries are in pretty good shape.”

Lava Tree State Monument. DLNR photo.

Lava Tree State Monument. DLNR photo.

Camping permits are once again being issued for state park and forest camping areas. Refunds will be issued to persons who paid for permits but were not able to use them due to weather-related closures.


“The department still cautions forest reserve users that some roads, trails and areas may be obstructed due to fallen trees and debris, and that delays may be expected in areas where crews continue to work to clear trees and debris from forest roads,” says Hadway. “Our Big Island staff continue to support Hawaii County efforts to assist the Puna community with downed tree removals and clearings.”

Meanwhile, some county parks also remain closed. At last update, they were:

  • Hilo Trap & Skeet Range
  • Isaac Hale Beach Park
  • Ahalanui Park
  • Kolekole Beach Park


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