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Lighthouse Road Remains Closed, County Reminds Public

July 3, 2021, 7:30 AM HST
* Updated July 3, 7:03 AM
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County officials are reminding residents and visitors that Kumukahi Lighthouse Road in Kapoho remains closed.

About 900 feet of the road was covered by lava during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. Since then, Hawai‘i County officials say people have been littering the area, trespassing on private property and doing graffiti. Additionally, other unsafe behavior has been an issue as people access the shoreline at Kumukahi by walking or driving over the lava flow and around concrete barriers installed by the County and property owners.

“Kumukahi is a wahi pana, the place where the sun first greets Hawai‘i each morning, and is home to important natural and cultural resources, including burials,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “Until the road can be reopened and protective measures for iwi kūpuna are put in place, we ask that residents and visitors alike treat this area with the proper respect.”

The County plans to restore the road with financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following approval of the final design and the completion of environmental and historic preservation review, which includes federal Section 106 consultation by FEMA.

Additionally, measures to protect iwi kūpuna need to be put in place prior to the road reopening. That requires coordination with lineal descendants of the area and property owners, who also will be consulted on future management plans for the area.

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