HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state will close the Diamond Head trail throughout the month to make needed improvements.
Sections of the summit trail and vertical rock faces below and above portions of the trail, are being repaired. These have deteriorated due to the effects of erosion and heavy use by an average of more than 2,500 visitors per day.
Contractor Prometheus Construction has completed the major repairs to the trail surface and sides, but has to complete the anchoring of areas along the trail with rockfall potential. While active work is in progress the trail must be closed for public safety and no bypass is available.
There is no impact to the crater access road. The park area within the crater has remained open during normal daily park hours.
The project will cost about $1 million and is expected be completed by Saturday, Feb. 5.
The trail will be closed Jan. 10-13, 18-20, 24-28 and Jan. 31 - Feb. 4.