By Jeff King
The Kahakapao Recreational Area (KRA) within Maui’s Makawao State Forest Reserve now has miles of professionally designed and designated mountain biking trails for enthusiasts from across the state and (certainly soon) the world.
The result of several years of work by volunteers, mountain biking associations, contractors and the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) Na Ala Hele, the trail system includes a variety of features for riders of all skill levels and ages.
This Saturday, June 6, local and state officials – including newly-named DLNR chief Susan Case – will be on hand to untie the maile lei, officially opening the area to bikers. Understanding that cycling enthusiasts in general, and perhaps mountain bikers in particular, are eager and sometimes impatient, DLNR information officer Dan Dennison’s press release specified that only media will be allowed at the event. And even at that, accredited Maui media are required to contact him directly for directions to the specific location of the event. We’re still fairly sure dozens – if not hundreds – of mountain bikers will successfully sleuth the time and place. After all, the event is billed as a “grand opening.”
Maui TV News will have HD video and images from the event and the trails.