KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - When Tropical Storm Iselle ripped through the Hawaiian islands last summer, it left a mark on the islands by its widespread destruction to forests. But progress is being made as the state Department of Land and Natural Resources plans to reopen the Kula Forest Reserve and Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area, two popular spots on Maui.
After large Eucalyptus trees toppled over in the 50 to 80 mph winds, the DLNR closed the two areas so crews could make repairs to public facilities and remove debris and other hazards. Roughly 7 miles of the Na Ala Hele trail, which was damaged during the storm, have also been repaired.
"The closure of the forest reserve and the state park also gave us an opportunity to make some other needed improvements to create a better and safer user experience in this very popular area," said Lance DeSilva of the DLNR.
Officials ask that people be alert when passing through the area, especially if heading away from managed roads.
"Look up often, listen if there is wind for potential limbs breaking and avoid walking under a potentially hazardous tree," State Parks Assistant Administrator Curt Cottrell said.
The two areas will reopen on April 3.