Deteriorating boardwalk at Kauai state park gets replaced

Deteriorating boardwalk at Kauai state park gets replaced

HONOLULU (AP) - A 20-year-old boardwalk at Kauai's Kokee State Park is getting replaced with recycled plastic as state officials aim to improve safety and protect the area's rare species.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Department of Land and Natural Resources started the $529,000 project at the Alakai Swamp Trail earlier this month.

Nearly 3 miles of the trail is being replaced with recycled plastic and fiberglass boards, which will make it more stable for the thousands of people who visit the site annually.

Kawika Smith with the Na Ala Hele Trail Access program says the boardwalk is useful because it helps preserve the native plants.

The trail is located within the Alakai Wilderness Preserve and is home to several endangered forest birds and rare plants, such as oha wai.

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