HONOLULU – Following assessments in the wake of Tropical Storm Iselle, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has reopened the remainder of its state-managed forest lands and state parks on all islands – with a few exceptions pending removal and clearing of downed trees.
Still closed until further notice are: the Kula Forest Reserve (and Polipoli State Park) and all trails within the forest reserve on Maui. Damage assessment is taking place, and removal and clearing of downed trees from interior roads is expected to take several weeks.
Also remaining closed until further notice on the Big Island are Lava Tree State Recreation Area, MacKenzie State Park and the left side (shorter trail) of Akaka Falls loop trail, which requires repairs to railings. However, the right loop portion of the Akaka Falls State Park is open.
“We thank the public for their cooperation with area closures for safety during the storm,” said Lisa Hadway, Division of Forestry and Wildlife administrator. “Fortunately most of our reserves, natural areas, sanctuaries are in pretty good shape.”
Camping permits are once again being issued for state park and forest camping areas. Refunds will be issued to persons who paid for permits but were not able to use them due to weather-related closures.
“The department still cautions forest reserve users that some roads, trails and areas may be obstructed due to fallen trees and debris, and that delays may be expected in areas where crews continue to work to clear trees and debris from forest roads,” Hadway added. “Our Big Island staff continue to support Hawaii County efforts to assist the Puna community with downed tree removals and clearings.”