Big Island Coronavirus Updates

DLNR Lessens State Parks Restrictions

June 8, 2020, 5:46 PM HST
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The state plans to reopen Kekaha Kai State Park late this morning. The Mahaiula Beach portion of the park is shown above. Photo courtesy of DLNR’s website.

Hawai‘i is offering those not under quarantine more leeway to use State Parks on the Big Island.

The DLNR Division of State Parks is lessening restrictions and reopening park areas in conjunction with various country-specific rules and guidelines. Passive beach use is now allowed at all State Parks beaches, although some gates will remain locked for resource management, people’s safety and due to fiscal constraints, according to a DLNR press release. COVID-19 rules and social distancing guidelines remain applicable, following each county’s emergency orders.

State Park camping and lodging will be phased in more slowly, again in compliance with county restrictions, but it is anticipated most overnight facilities will be open by July 1. State Park lodging and camping facilities are not allowable quarantine locations.

“We are pleased that Hawaiʻi has been so successful in flattening the COVID-19 curve, which allows us to reopen more park areas – particularly some overnight opportunities, which lets families further enjoy Hawaiʻiʻs outdoors”, said State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell. “However, please be aware that restrictions on park hours, group size, and certain activities remain in place, and we ask that all parks users adhere to these so we can keep slowly proceeding back to normal”.

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Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kekaha Kai State Park are accessible for passive and active beach uses. Hāpuna Beach parking area is open daily, and the Maniniʻōwali (Kua Bay) Section of Kekaha Kai is open to vehicle access on weekends only. Most Hawaiʻi Island Historic Sites remain closed, but openings are anticipated soon.

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Most Hilo area parks remain closed. The Wailoa Center is scheduled for an early July reopening. ʻAkaka Falls State Park remains closed. Overnight lodging for Hawaiʻi Island sites is anticipated to reopen in mid/late June.

For a full list of all parks status and restrictions, visit http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/.

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