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West Hawai‘i Island State Parks to Close Early on July 4

July 1, 2016, 11:37 AM HST
* Updated July 1, 11:41 AM
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Hapuna Beach will be one of two West Hawaii state parks closing early on Thursday. File photo.

Hapuna Beach is one of several West Hawai‘i state parks closing early on July 4, 2016. File photo.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks will conduct early closures of three West Hawaii parks on the Fourth of July holiday.

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (including the Waialea Bay section), Kekaha Kai State Park (including the Maniniowali Beach/Kua Bay and Mahaiula Beach sections) and Kiholo State Park Reserve will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2016.

All other parks will close at normal times, as posted on the Hawaii State Parks website.

The department also reminds park users that the use of fireworks and alcohol is prohibited in all state parks, at all times.

“We are closing these facilities early to discourage use of fireworks, which is prohibited in state parks, and to protect the public and natural resources of the areas,” said DLNR Chairperson Suzanne Case.

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Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2016:

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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Kekaha Kai State Park: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Kiholo State Park reserve: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tents are not permitted at Wailoa River State Park in Hilo.

DLNR Enforcement officers will be checking parks to ensure compliance.

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