MAKENA – The beach below ‘Pu‘u Olai area (also known as “Little Beach”) of Makena Beach State Park was reopened today at noon by the DLNR Division of State Parks.
A U.S. Army explosive ordnance detail (EOD) expert determined there was no danger to people after a shock cord was discovered on Tuesday. The cord was a remnant from a rockfall mitigation project in the 1990’s and was non-explosive. They were determined as “spent” and non-threatening. DLNR announced the Wednesday closure Tuesday evening.
“Thanks to the military personnel who provided air transport and EOD support to State Parks. We thank the beach and ocean goers for their understanding,” said Clarence Yamamoto, Maui DOCARE branch chief.
A brush fire has closed Hana Highway near Wailua, between Mile Markers 19 and 20. The highway is closed in both directions. No further details are available at this time.
Weather may be a factor as strong gusty winds are hitting windward coasts at this hour. Hosmer Grove campground at Haleakala National Park is also closed due to high winds and downed trees.
To protect visitor safety, the Summit and Kīpahulu Districts of Haleakalā NP will close at noon today in anticipation of heavy winds and rain. The park will remain closed until park managers can assess the safety conditions of the park’s roads, trails, campgrounds, and visitor centers.
In anticipation of Tropical Storm Ana, the park stopped issuing back country camping or cabin permits Wednesday. Existing weekend back country permits have been canceled.
For the latest closure information park visitors can check the park website or Facebook page.
UPDATE: County Public Works Crews cleared the highway and traffic is flowing again – uninterrupted – in both directions as of 11:30 a.m. today.
Piilani Highway is closed near mile marker 29, Kaupo due to a landslide. Maui County Public Works department is currently responding.
Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
WAILUKU – The Department of Finance, Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing (DMVL) has announced it will be closing satellite DMVL offices this Friday, Sept. 19, to conduct staff training.
The one-day closure will affect the Hana, Kihei, Lahaina, Lanai City, Molokai and Pukalani satellite offices. The Kahului Service Center at Maui Mall will remain open for regular hours from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
All DMVL offices will resume regular customer service hours on Monday, September 22.
Customers with questions may call the DMVLCallCenter at (808) 270-7363.
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.”
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