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County to Close Waipiʻo Valley Access Road to Non-Residents

June 21, 2021, 11:47 AM HST
* Updated June 21, 5:27 PM
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The Waipiʻo Valley Access Road will be closed to non-Waipiʻo residents over the Fourth of July weekend.

The decision to close the road comes as the county continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a release from the County of Hawaiʻi. Residents have also requested the closure, citing high traffic, roadway, and health concerns.

Guards will be positioned at the top of the road throughout the weekend to ensure compliance.

“Closing the valley access road to nonresidents will help us ensure the health and safety of the Waipiʻo Valley community as we head into the long weekend,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “We have to remember that we (are) at the final stretch of this pandemic, and we cannot afford to trip at the finish line.”

“By avoiding large gatherings this Fourth of July, we can ensure that we will be able to have much larger gatherings next Fourth of July,” the mayor continued. “Getting our families and friends back together is a top priority, but we have to do it safely.”

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