Two popular recreational destinations that have been closed since last April’s record flooding are set to open sometime in June, barring bad weather or unexpected developments.
Haena State Park and the Kalalau Trail in the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park were closed because the rains wiped out park infrastructure and caused multiple landslides, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Monday.
But there will be some changes coming to reduce parking and visitors. It involves a new reservation system and a new county-supported shuttle system.
“This is an effort to decrease the impacts to park resources, mitigate the crushing effects of over-tourism on the adjacent rural community, and enhance visitor experiences,” said DLNR in a press release.
Even with the reopening of the two parks, said DLNR, “visitors can expect construction delays on Kuhio Highway as bridges will still be under repair. The highway is the only way into the area.”
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