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Clean-up of Iao Valley underway after destructive flooding

(Image: State DLNR) (Image: State DLNR)
WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A traditional Hawaiian blessing marked the beginning of the state's efforts to restore Iao Valley State monument after destructive flooding three weeks ago.

DLNR says the initial clean-up will take six to eight weeks and cost between $300,000 and $400,000. 

Afterward, they can begin working on design and reconstruction plans to restore the park.

"As we're trying to get the help that we need, there are rules that we have to follow in order to work in the stream. There are rules that we have to follow there are principles that we have to look at. And we have to be structurally sound when we do things," said Maui mayor, Alan Arakawa.

Flood waters cut into the nearly vertical cliff below the parking lot, impacting its stability.  Long-term design and construction plans will include stabilizing the parking lot.

It will likely be four to six months before the park and monument reopens.

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