POSTED: 1:29 p.m. HST, Mar 9, 2012
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources closed several state parks on Maui, Oahu and Kauai today because of the severe storms that have battered the islands.
"Though inconvenient, these closures are in the interest of public safety, until conditions improve and any needed repairs can be made. We appreciate the public's patience and cooperation," said DLNR Chairman William J. Aila.
Diamond Head State Monument and the summit trail are closed, following advice from state Civil Defense, due to potential for lightning strikes at the crater's summit, DLNR officials said.
On Kauai, the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park is closed, due to damage to the Kalalau trail. Polihale State Park on the island's west side remains open.
On Maui, 'Iao Valley State Park was reopened late this morning, after county crews cleared the park access road of large amounts of debris and rocks. Aila said, "We thank the Maui County Public Works department for their assistance to reopen the road."
Polipoli Spring State Park remains closed until the beginning of next week because of "very muddy" road and the potential for falling trees in the Kula forest reserve. Waianapanapa State Park will be closed today due to flooding, debris and fallen trees in the park, and no electricity, DLNR officials said.