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State officials close some hiking trails, camping ahead of forecasted storm

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A forecasted storm has forced state officials to cancel camping permits and close off hiking trails on some islands.

On the Big Island, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, in cooperation with Hawaii County Civil Defense, is canceling all camping permits for Waimanu and closed off the Waimanu trail in North Kohala. The closure, effective Friday, will be in effect through the weekend.

"We are canceling all camping permits and the remote Waimanu trail until after the storm has passed and the trail can be inspected and made safe again," said Hans Sin, wildlife biologist and manager for DLNR's Division of Forestry and Wildlife on Hawaii Island.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu said a cold front will bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to the state starting Friday afternoon, including the possibility of severe thunderstorms. With long sustained rains, stream levels are likely to rise, making hiking conditions dangerous.

The DLNR Division of State Parks has also closed the Kalalau trail in Kauai's Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park until further notice. Officials will re-evaluate trail conditions Saturday morning before determining when they will re-open the popular trail.

The front is expected to pass over Kauai Friday evening, Oahu and Maui County Friday night, and the Big Island of Hawaii Saturday morning.

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