Makapuu trail closures postponed until late August

Updated: Jul. 17, 2015 at 6:28 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is postponing closures of the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, but that means trail improvement work will also be delayed.

Instead of closing in late July as originally intended, the trail will be closed in late August and early September. DLNR officials said additional work needs to be done to address the rockfall risks along the trail.

The following are tentative closure dates:

  • Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28
  • Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 4
  • Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9

During the closures, visitors will not be able to access the parking lot or trail. However, both will be open during regular park hours on weekends: Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. and on the Labor Day holiday of Sept. 7.

The project will not affect the Makapuu Lookout along Kalanianaole Highway. The Kaiwi shoreline will remain open during the project, but people should enter from the Sandy Beach end of the park.

The closures are all part of the $2.7 million project to make improvements to the Makapuu trail. This part of the project involves rockfall mitigation and asphalt pavements. Once the project is complete, there will also be new lookouts.

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