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Iao Valley State Monument closed due to rain, flooding damage

(Image: State DLNR) (Image: State DLNR)

By Chantelle Aguilar
HNN Digital Intern 

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -- Iao Valley State Monument will remain closed indefinitely after the popular destination sustained damage in this week's heavy rains and flash flooding.

Downstream, Kepaniwai Park also sustained significant damage and remains closed.

“Our inspections show that Iao Stream course has changed and is significantly wider, cutting into state park land that contained public access features," said Curt Cottrell, state Department of Land and Natural Resources State Parks division administrator. "The stream is heavily silted and cobbled with new material and landslides on both sides of the stream are evident."

Two popular trails along the stream of the lower portion of the park have also washed away. There is no remaining land left to rebuild the trails. 

Meanwhile, the road that tour buses take to get to the monument's parking area is just above a significantly eroded area that may have affected the lower parking lot. Tour buses have been notified. 

“We are planning to hire an engineering consultant to evaluate the stability of the lower parking lot where tour buses park. An examination is also planned for the footings of the pedestrian bridge,” Cottrell said.

Crews are planning to remove debris and allow limited access to portions of the trail if both the parking lot and bridge remain stable, he said.

Park areas not adjacent to either of the streams were not affected significantly. 

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