Your holiday hike is back on! Repairs to Lanikai Pillbox hike temporarily delayed

Your holiday hike is back on! Repairs to Lanikai Pillbox hike temporarily delayed
The repairs to the popular trail will cost $248,228, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources. (Image: Kai Hawaii)

LANIKAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Land and Natural Resources announced on Thursday that work on Kaiwa Ridge Trail — popularly known as Lanikai pillboxes — has been postponed until further notice.

Repair work on the two pillboxes along the trail hike was supposed to begin Wednesday, temporarily closing the trail to hikers until the repairs were finished.

The trail remains open at this time and DLNR officials say that the delay is due to "unforseen logistical issues" with the Federal Aviation Administration.

DLNR's Division of Forestry and Wildlife has been working with the FAA on a flight plan to transport repair equipment and other material to the trail site.

The historical World War II-era structures along the hike have deteriorated over the years and the state has had plans to fix them since 2016. DLNR will issue a statement with the new start date soon.

Once the project does begin, new steel roof supports will be installed, and sealant will be applied to the pillbox structures to prevent weathering.

According to DLNR, the repairs will cost $248,228.

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