WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state wants to close a portion of the Ala Wai Canal in September as a security measure for the IUCN World Conservation Congress.
High-level dignitaries and government officials are expected to attend the event, which will be held from Sept. 1 to 10 at the Hawaii Convention Center.
The Board of Land and Natural Resources will take up the proposal to close the canal next Thursday.
The state Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement has asked for the closure from Ala Moana Boulevard bridge to the Kalakaua Avenue bridge.
About 10,000 people are expected to attend the congress.
State Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairwoman Suzanne Case said the closure is a necessary inconvenience.
"While we appreciate this will be a temporary inconvenience for canal users like canoe clubs, we hope everyone understands it is important to do everything possible to make sure, when the world's conservation leaders are focusing on Hawaii, they do so under the umbrella of the utmost safety and security," she said, in a news release.
DOCARE and state Harbor Police would be responsible for closing the canal.