Iao Valley expected to reopen in August as $1.8M repairs continue

Updated: Jul. 19, 2017 at 3:28 PM HST
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Crews complete slope stabilization work. (Image: DLNR)
Crews complete slope stabilization work. (Image: DLNR)

IAO VALLEY (HawaiiNewsNow) - Crews continue to work on the highly visited Iao Valley state park, delaying the reopening to August.

Originally expected to open in early summer, the $1.8 million repairs are ongoing, the DLNR Division of State Parks says.

Crews reportedly finished interim slope stabilization, but still need to complete parking lot restriping, traffic improvements and guardrail fencing throughout areas of the park.

The historic and culturally respected valley closed in September 2016 after a raging flood threatened homes and changed the landscape of the valley.

The first portion of the park, Kepaniwai Park, reopened to visitors in early April. 

The DLNR says the upper park must remain closed due to safety. Constant movement of heavy machinery in the area could pose a risk to visitors.

Visitors who ignore "Park Closed" signs and venture into the area could face misdemeanor charges, 30 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000, the DLNR says.

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