Makapuu lighthouse trail closed for upgrades

Makapuu lighthouse trail closed for upgrades

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Starting Feb. 9, hikers will not be able to access the Makapuu lighthouse trail on certain days in February, March and July as construction crews make road repairs and improvements to enhance the visitor experience, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said.

The $2.7 million project – expected to last six months -- will involve reconstruction of sections of the stacked rock retaining wall, replacement of metal culverts under the road and asphalt road repavement. It will also include construction of four new lookout spots.

The goal is to preserve the historic feature of this trail while promoting safety for the estimated 400 people who use the one-mile trail daily to reach the summit of Makapuu.

The DLNR has scheduled 25 days of park closures on weekdays only. The parking lot and trail will be open during regular park hours on weekends and holidays from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and until 7:45 p.m. after April 1.

The tentative park closure schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Feb. 9 through Friday, Feb. 13
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 20
  • Monday, Feb. 23 through Friday Feb.27
  • Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 6

This project – by Mitsunaga and Associates and Haron Construction – will not affect the Makapuu lookout along Kalanianaole Highway. The Kaiwi shoreline will remain open during the project, but during park closures, the public must enter from the Sandy Beach end of the park.

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