After months of closures at Makapuu, hikers can celebrate New Ye - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

After months of closures at Makapuu, hikers can celebrate New Year with newly improved trail

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MAKAPUU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hikers who trek up Makapuu will not only greet the New Year with stunning sunrise views of the East Oahu shoreline, but they will also see a variety of improvements to the trail after months of closures in 2015.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced Tuesday a New Year's sunrise hike that will allow visitors to marvel at the new and improved Makapuu trail. Over the past year, crews had to close the trail to the public so they could repave the walking path as well as install new lookouts. In addition, new protective fencing and steps were added to two of the lookouts.

The New Year’s hike is part of “First Day Hikes,” a national event organized by state park systems in all 50 states. Due to its varying experience levels and spectacular views, Makapuu is believed to attract some of the largest crowds for a “First Day Hike.”

A DLNR official will unlock access gates at 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016.

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