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State takes first step toward reopening Maui's Iao Valley

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IAO VALLEY (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Kepaniwai Park in Iao Valley reopened to visitors Monday morning, the first section of the popular landmark to accept visitors since a massive flood caused significant damage to the valley in September of last year.

County officials say the park's pavilions and lower restroom will be open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., 

Although renovations and flood prevention efforts continue to be made across portions of the rest of the valley, some residents still fear the lingering threat of flash flooding.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa also felt backlash from the community for making culturally insensitive remarks in the process of the renovations.

County officials said the upper section of the Iao Valley State Monument will remain closed as repairs continue in that area.

For more information on Iao Valley State Monument, click here. 

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