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Hawaii state park draws hikers despite closure

HONOLULU (AP) - The indefinite closure of Hawaii's Sacred Falls State Park has not deterred visits from hikers, including two lost hikers who were issued citations this week.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says 92 people have been cited since 2012, despite numerous warning signs of penalties for trespassing.

The Oahu park was closed after a 1999 rock-fall killed eight people and injured 33 others. Since 1970, there have been 22 deaths and many injuries and rescues because of rock slides or flash floods.

Randy Ching with the Sierra Club is among those who believe the park should be open to the public. He says appropriate warning should be given to people venturing there.

State Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman Deborah Ward says there are no plans to reopen the area.

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