Army temporarily closes beaches to check for munitions hazards

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) Areas of Makua Beach and the Keawaula section of Kaena Point State Park will be temporarily closed starting next week.

The annoucement came from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, who, along with the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii will be conducting work in these areas to address potential munitions hazards from past military training sessions.

"This work is an important part of the Army's commitment to cleaning up areas that may have been affected by our past use," said Colonel Douglas Mulbury.

The areas were at times used for military training between 1930 and 1990, and were cleaned up in the past, but now the Army is using new technology to evaluate if more environmental restoration is needed.

Traffic stops may occur.

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