Hawai‘i DLNR Announces Additional Closures
The Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and its divisions are closing various properties in advance of Hurricane Lane.
Additional closures may be announced depending on the storms track over specific islands and this release will be updated accordingly over the next few days.
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR), set for Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, has been postponed.
Division of State Parks
- Due to the possibility of landslides on the Hana Highway, Waianapanapa State Park on Maui will close effective 10 a.m. on Aug. 22, 2018, once all campers and cabin users have checked out.
- Beginning Wednesday night camping and lodging in state parks across the state (except Kaua‘i) will be cancelled.
- Park closures statewide go into effect Thursday morning (except for Kaua‘i).
- Nu‘uanu Pali State Wayside Park will be closed today beginning at 3 p.m. until further notice to allow removal of previous landslide debris.
- Closures for Kaua‘i will be announced depending on storm track. Ha‘ena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park remain closed due to flooding in April.
Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW)
- All Hawai‘i Island and Maui Nui DOFAW lands, including forest reserves, natural area reserves, game management areas, wildlife sanctuaries, public hunting areas and Na Ala Hele trails closing at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
- Closures may be implemented on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i pending further information on storm track.
- Closure notices have been posted on the Nā Ala Hele website for the Muliwai and ‘Āinapō trails on Hawai‘i island (see: https://hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails/#/trail/inap-trail/21 and https://hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails/#/trail/muliwai-trail/11). Permits have been cancelled and refunded. Permittees have been notified of closure. All current campers should be out before the storm and have been instructed to contact DLNR.
Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR)
- No plans to close state small boat harbors and ramps but boaters are advised to secure their crafts.
- Twenty-five leeward and windward O‘ahu streams under DLNR jurisdiction were inspected today by the land maintenance crew.
Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL)
- There is the likelihood of dangerous storm surges and erosion along east-, south- and west-facing shores.
- People should avoid shorelines, beaches and tide pools during the storm.
Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE)
- All resource conservation officers are on notice to report for duty.
- If necessary, DOCARE will stand-up a DLNR Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Honolulu to coordinate departmental response to any emergencies and recovery.
DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “Our primary concern is public health and safety. While we realize closures and cancellations may be an inconvenience this is a powerful storm that could have dramatic and damaging impacts across the state. We want to be prepared to safeguard people’s safety using state resources as well as to protect those resources as much as possible in advance of Hurricane Lane.”